2013 Dragon Ball Sells 561,098 Tickets for 684 Million Yen
posted on by Joanne Mertz
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods opened in 312 movie theaters (including 16 IMAX digital theater screens) last Saturday, and it sold 561,098 tickets in its first weekend. Within two days, the box office earnings climbed to 683,925,000 yen (about US$7,323,000), with box-office tracking firm Kogyo Tsushinsha pegging the movie's nationwide audience ranking at #1 for its first weekend. Variety reported that the film was the top-grossing non-American film outside the United States.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is set between the 517th and 518th installments of Akira Toriyama's original manga. Specifically, it is set during the "lost decade" of story time after the end of the battle with Majin Buu. It features new characters Birusu — the God of Destruction played by Kouichi Yamadera — and his attendant Wisu (Masakazu Morita).
Toriyama was deeply involved in the film's story and designs from the early screenwriting stages. Masahiro Hosoda (Dragon Ball Z episode director, Nangoku Shounen Papuwa-kun) directed the film at Toei off a script by Yūsuke Watanabe (live-action 20th Century Boys trilogy, Gantz, Bloody Monday, Future Diary).