News Variety: Dragon Ball Z Is Top Non-U.S. Film Overseas
posted on 2013-04-01 00:00 EDT by Egan Loo
The entertainment trade news source Variety reported on Sunday that the anime film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods ranked #5 in the estimated overseas box office chart this past weekend. With a projected box office take of US$7.0 million, it is the top-grossing non-American film on the chart, after G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Croods, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Oz the Great and Powerful.
While the other four films are playing in over 50 territories each, Variety is basing its estimate of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods' performance on 328 screens in just one country: Japan. 16 IMAX theaters earned US$450,000 for a per-screen average of US$28,000.
Oricon reported that Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods' box office total as of 1:00 p.m. on its first day were 47.3% of One Piece Film Z's total during the same timeframe. One Piece Film Z's estimated final box office total is 6.85 billion yen (about US$73 million). Based on that measure, Oricon projects that Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will exceed Toei's target of 3 billion yen (about US$32 million).
The top-grossing film outside the United States this past weekend is G.I. Joe: Retaliation, with US$80 million on 7,775 locations in 53 countries.
Thanks to Liam for the news tip
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods' first-day estimates via Kanzenshuu
Image © Bird Studio/Shueisha © 2013 Dragon Ball Z Production Committee