the anime movie “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” led the box office after its debut, grossing more than $21 million at Tickets across North America.
The feature film projected on 3,0007 screens is being distributed by crunchyroll, which specializes in anime movies and television.
A blockbuster anime?
“Super Hero” came to exceed all expectations, the latest installment of “Dragon Ball Super” has managed to earn twice as much as the weekend’s other domestic release, Universal’s survival thriller “Beast,” starring Idris Elba. Hit by mixed reviews, “Beasts” opened to a modest $11.5 million in 3,743 North American theaters.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Dragon Ball fans can come together to experience and enjoy this amazing movie in theatersMitchel Berger, Crunchyroll’s senior vice president of global commerce, said in a statement.
Crunchyroll thanked all the fans who came during the premiere, which gave an amazing world impact for being a film of this category
“Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” is the latest example of the audience passionate about anime movies in the United States.
Crunchyroll, owned by sony pictures, has been controlling the market in North America. Earlier this year, the company’s PG-13 “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” brought in a remarkable $17.6 million on its debut, while its 2021 release “Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train” brought in $21.2 million. million to start, which is even more impressive given that theaters were open. still operating at reduced capacity at the time.
Anime features tend to play like horror movies in terms of ticket sales, with front-loaded performances drawing substantial declines after the first week of release.
Directed by Tetsuro Kodama, the successful “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” benefited from its presence in premium formats, including Imax, 4DX and Dolby Cinemas.
The film played on 327 Imax screens, accounting for $3.4 million in domestic ticket sales. At Imax, those returns rank as the highest-grossing and widest opening weekend for an anime film.
for CJ 4DPlexa South Korean company that specializes in immersive multi-sensory technology, “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” also set an anime record in the format with $525,000 on 51 domestic screens.
“This is another excellent anime opening from Crunchyroll. This has become an impressive niche theatrical business,” says David A. Gross, who runs the film consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research. But, he adds he, “crunchyroll movies they reproduce fast in the United States their domestic multiples are low”.