2013 Dragon Ball Film Sells 1.8 Million Tickets for 2.2 Billion Yen

posted on by Joanne Mertz

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods has kept up its momentum in its third weekend at the Japanese box office. Within 16 days, the total revenue has climbed to 2,201,936,850 yen (about US$22 million) with 1,823,141 tickets sold. The anime has remained the #1 film at the Japanese box office for the third straight weekend. Battle of Gods is the fastest-grossing film in Japan in 2013, and it still has the upcoming Golden Week vacation period, in which there is high turnout for movie-goers.

The film opened on March 30 in 312 movie theaters (including 16 IMAX digital theater screens) and sold 561,098 tickets for 683,925,000 yen (about US$7,323,000) in its first weekend.

The popularity of the recent film is not only limited to its theatrical run; a 19-day exhibition entitled "Akira Toriyama: The World of Dragon Ball" at the Takashimaya department store in Tokyo's Nihonbashi area reported 72,000 visitors. The exhibition at Takashimaya ended Monday, but it will re-open in Osaka on April 17, and then head to Nagoya starting on July 27.

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.

Source: Anime Anime

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