Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Tops Battle of Gods' Box Office
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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', the 19th film inspired by Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga, has earned over 3.1 billion yen (about US$26 million) as of its 19th day at the Japanese box office, May 6. In the process, it has surpassed the final box office total of the last Dragon Ball film, 2013's Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2.9 billion yen or US$24 million). The new film has sold 2.35 million tickets so far.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' stayed at #3 at the box office in its third weekend, while Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno stayed at #2 in its third weekend. Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten Daishūgeki also stayed at #5 in its third wekeend. The second and final live-action Parasyte film dropped from #6 to #7 in its second weekend. The third Code Geass: Akito the Exiled volume opened at #10, while the live-action film The Next Generation Patlabor: Shuto Kessen did not open in the top 10.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' opened on 658 screens in both 2D and 3D on April 18, although advance screenings were held before then. It sold 716,000 tickets for 960 million yen (US$8.1 million) in its first weekend. It sold more tickets and earned higher box office receipts than any other 2015 film did in two days in Japan. The film is the first Japanese film to open in 3D IMAX Digital Theaters.
The film will eventually screen in 74 countries worldwide. Funimation hosted the North American premiere of the film on April 11 in Los Angeles. The company plans to release the film in more theaters with an English dub this summer.
Toriyama is personally credited with the original concept, screenplay, and character designs of the new movie. Dragon Ball Z animation director Tadayoshi Yamamuro directed the new movie. Toriyama's original 1984-1995 manga has been translated for 24 countries, and it has over 230 million copies in print.