Dragon Ball Super: Broly is #3 All-Time Anime Film in U.S. for Tickets Sold
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Box Office Mojo website reported on Sunday that the Dragon Ball Super: Broly anime film earned an estimated US$3,600,000 from Friday to Sunday, and has cumulatively earned an estimated US$28,958,823 in the United States and Canada. The site estimates the film has sold a cumulative 3,207,000 tickets, making the film the third all-time highest-ranking anime film in the United States in terms of estimated tickets sold, behind 1999's Pokemon: The First Movie and Pokemon 2000 - The Movie. Dragon Ball Super: Broly ranked #10 in the U.S. box office for the weekend.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly already earned over US$7 million on 1,440 screens, including 180 IMAX and Cinemark XD screens, on its opening day on January 16, and had earned US$20,214,771 by that weekend. That total already ranked the film at #3 in box office revenue (not adjusted for inflation) on the all-time chart of anime films in the United States and Canada, behind 1999's Pokemon: The First Movie and Pokemon 2000 - The Movie.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly already earned over US$65 million outside the United States and Canada, including about US$34 million in Japan alone. That brings its combined domestic and foreign total to more than US$98 million.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', the previous film in the franchise, set Funimation Films' previous opening day record when it earned US$1.97 million on its opening day in the United States. Dragon Ball Super: Broly now holds the record. According to Funimation, the new film set the record for biggest opening for an event film, and was the fifth highest earning anime theatrical opening of all time.
Funimation premiered the film's English dub at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on December 13.
Vic Mignogna and Dameon Clarke returned as the English voices of Broly and Paragus, respectively, and Chris Ayres played Frieza. Other English dub cast members included Sean Schemmel as Goku himself, Emily Neves as Gine (Goku's mother), Erica Lindbeck as Cheelai, Bruce Carey as Lemo, Veronica Taylor as Berryblue, and Sonny Franks as Kikono.
The film opened in Japan on December 14, and it sold more than 820,000 tickets and earned more than 1,050,000,000 yen (about US$9.26 million) in its first three days in Japan, topping the box office in its first weekend. Toei stated it anticipates the film will earn more than 5 billion yen (about US$44 million).
Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama wrote the script and designed the characters. Tatsuya Nagamine (One Piece Film Z) directed the film, Naohiro Shintani served as animation director, and Kazuo Ogura served as art director. Norihito Sumitomo composed the music, and Daichi Miura performed the film's theme song "Blizzard."