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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film Crosses US$32 Million Outside Japan

posted on by Adriana Hazra
Film is now at #1 at global box office

Crunchyroll reported on Monday that the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero anime film earned an estimated US$32 million in its opening weekend in over 31 markets. The company announced that the film is now at #1 at the global box office.

The company revealed the earnings for several countries' opening weekend:

  • Australia: US$535,000
  • New Zealand: US$117,000
  • Mexico: US$3.7 million
  • Argentina: US$1.5 million
  • Peru: US$1.2 million
  • Chile: US$675,000
  • United Kingdom: US$800,000
  • Netherlands: US$150,000
  • Middle East: US$420,000

The film earned an estimated US$20.1 million to top its opening weekend in North America. The weekend box office alone would make it the #6 highest-grossing anime film ever at the U.S. box office.

The film is the third anime film to top the U.S. weekend box office, and it is #3 in highest U.S. openings, after Pokémon: The First Movie with US$31,036,678 in 1999 and Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train with US$21,234,994 in 2021. The only anime films to earn more in their final U.S. box office totals are Pokémon: The First Movie, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, Pokémon 2000 - The Movie, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, and Jujutsu Kaisen 0.

Comparatively, Dragon Ball Super: Broly earned US$9.8 million in its opening weekend in 1,236 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero opened in Japan on June 11. The film sold about 498,000 tickets for about 670 million yen (about US$4.99 million) in its first two days. The film has earned 2,442,861,650 yen (about US$18.11 million) as of August 7.

Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures are screening the film in theaters worldwide this summer, with the widest opening ever for an anime film. The film opened in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland on Friday. The screenings include both the original Japanese audio with subtitles and with a dub. The companies will distribute the film in "all continents, including North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia (excluding Japan)" in 13 dubbed languages and 29 subbed languages.

Tetsuro Kodama directed the film, and Naoki Satō composed the music. Nobuhito Sue was the art director, Chikashi Kubota was the animation director, and Jae Hoon Jung was the CG director. Dragon Ball original manga creator Akira Toriyama worked on the film's original story, screenplay, and character designs.

Sources: Crunchyroll (Nicholas Friedman)

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