The anime film Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero beat off Broly to place in the top five all-time films in the United States

After its second weekend in North America, the anime film Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has amassed an estimated total revenue of $30,761,982. With that, the movie surpasses Dragon Ball Super: Broly (US$30,712,119 in 2018) and enters the top five highest-grossing anime movies in box office history in the United States (unadjusted for inflation).

Pokémon: The First Movie, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, and Pokémon 2000 – The Movie is the anime movies with the highest final box office earnings in the United States. According to the websites Box Office Mojo and The Numbers, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 made US$29,693,448 and US$33,919,605 respectively last year.

This weekend, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is expected to earn US$4,565,668, ranking it #5 for the time period, ahead of DC League of Super-Pets and below Top Gun: Maverick. The movie’s current daily box office totals are:

  • Thursday, August 18: US$4,303,671
  • Friday, August 19: US$6,611,743
  • Saturday, August 20: US$5,813,401
  • Sunday, August 21: US$4,395,234
  • Monday, August 22: US$1,514,414
  • Tuesday, August 23: US$1,593,787
  • Wednesday, August 24: US$1,053,705
  • Thursday, August 25: US$910,359
  • Friday, August 26: US$1,320,925 (revised)
  • Saturday, August 27: US$1,894,743 (new)
  • Sunday, August 28: US$1,350,000 (estimate)

Over 3,100 theatres, including those with high-end amenities like IMAX, 4DX, Dolby Cinemas, MX4d, and DBox, hosted its debut. It set an IMAX U.S. opening record for anime movies with US$3.4 million in its first extended weekend on 327 IMAX screens. IMAX screenings contributed 17% of the film’s opening weekend revenue, and all premium big format screenings contributed 40%. (including IMAX and its competitors).

Prior to this weekend’s anticipated box office returns, Box office Mojo reports that the movie’s global box office receipts were US$53,890,827.

The movie topped its first weekend in North America with US$21,124,049 in revenue. It was already the sixth-highest-grossing anime movie in American history in its opening weekend alone. The movie debuted with US$12.3 million in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Ireland, Chile, and other nations outside of the United States (about 1.7 billion yen).

The movie comes in at number three in terms of highest U.S. openings, behind only Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (US$21,234,994 in 2021) and Pokémon: The First Movie (US$31,036,678 in 1999).

In contrast, Dragon Ball Super: Broly made $9.8 million in its first weekend of release in 1,236 theatres in the United States and Canada.

On June 11, Japan saw the release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. In its first two days, the movie sold about 498,000 tickets for approximately 670 million yen (about $4.99 million). As of August 7, the movie had brought in 2,442,861,650 yen, or roughly $18.11 million.

This summer, Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures will release the movie, which will have the biggest opening for an anime movie ever. The movie premiered on Friday in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland. The presentations feature both the dub and the original Japanese audio with subtitles. The business is releasing the movie in 13 dubbed languages and 29 subtitled languages on “all continents, including North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia (except Japan)”.

The music for the movie was written by Naoki Sat, while Tetsuro Kodama directed it. The animation director was Chikashi Kubota, the CG director was Jae Hoon Jung, and the art director was Nobuhito Sue. Akira Toriyama, who created the original Dragon Ball manga, contributed to the film’s original plot, script, and character designs.

Sources: Box Offcie Mojo

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