On August 24, long-awaited Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero was released, the Doragon boru supa supa hiro in the franchise whose Japanese version was already released a few weeks ago. Contrary to what happened with the Broly movie, it seems that in the Japanese country it has not lasted long at the box office despite the fact that the start was spectacular.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero crunchyroll has made great preparations for the release Doragon boru supa supa hiroof this film outside of Japan and in the United States alone it has been screened in more than 4,000 theaters, a record for a production of this type. Well, the first data is really impressive, it has been the 1st at the box office with more than 20 million dollars raised in just the weekend, more than 10 on the day of the premiere.
The latest One Piece movie has been in theaters for a little over a week and has already become the second best theatrical release in Japan ever. However, and although the protagonist of the news is One Piece, it turns out that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has not been as successful and in fact, it has been a "failure" compared to One Piece Film Red, since the new film of Dragon Ball has been seriously affected by the past hacking of Toei Animation.
Due to the delay of the film, its first week in theaters was a tremendous success, but after this first week the numbers began to plummet and it is currently the worst premiere of the Dragon Ball franchise in the last ten years of its history. We will have to see the final numbers of the film, but seeing the current panorama, it is most likely that things will not change much.
This amount was achieved in 5 days with the previous production, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, so when it comes to revenue, Crunchyroll and Toei Animation are in luck. The anime continues to demonstrate day by day that it is a product on the rise and now it does so in the cinema, one of the pending media, since they have been established as rocks on streaming platforms for a long time. In Latin America, one of the regions where Dragon Ball is most popular, the collection data has not yet been released, but we are sure that it will have broken several records. For our part, in Spain, we will still have to wait until September 2, when the film will arrive dubbed into Spanish and Catalan.
This year, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the magician, the One Piece Film Red movie was involved. This same film has been described as the most successful of One Piece and has broken records in theaters in it, only below the One Piece Film Z feature film.
And although this new film has not yet surpassed the numbers of One Piece Film Z, it is expected to do so very soon, since One Piece Film Red will be in theaters longer.
The animated film Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, number 21 of the Japanese franchise, led the North American box office this Sunday with an estimated collection of 20.1 million dollars, reported the specialized firm Exhibitor Relations.
Fans of Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo and company have been without fail in movie theaters around the world. After Toei was the victim of a computer attack that forced the legendary animation studio to indefinitely paralyze the theatrical release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the new film of the legendary anime came with a bang.
This was confirmed by Crunchyroll through its official Twitter account. The streaming platform focused on the broadcast and distribution of anime was officially in charge of bringing the new film of Akira Toriyama's characters, which was released with a world premiere.
“The spirit of the Red Ribbon Army lives on in these two ultimate androids who call themselves 'Superheroes.' Crunchyroll will bring Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero to theaters around the world this year! ”, They shared in a tweet published by the platform, last July, accompanied by a new promotional image of the new animated film in which Piccolo and Gohan face a deadly new enemy.
The platform released, at that time, a succulent trailer for the film and a brief synopsis of the film: “The Red Ribbon army was once destroyed by Son Goku. The individuals, continuing their spirit, have created the ultimate androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two androids call themselves "superheroes." They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan... What is the goal of the new Red Ribbon army? In the face of looming danger, it's time to wake up, superhero!"
And not only that, the breach in the Toei security breach had severe consequences for the rest of the company's anime that were also affected.
The solid result of that film from the production company Crunchyroll, which considers it the best world premiere of an animated film, far surpassed the other great release, Beast, from Universal, which garnered 11.6 million dollars.
Thus, the ranking of the films that have raised the most money in theaters is as follows: the action film Bullet Train, starring Brad Pitt, led in the last two weeks and raised 8 million dollars.
Fourth place went to 'Top Gun: Maverick', 5.9 million. In 13 weeks in theaters, the film has Tom Cruise as its star author and has garnered 683 million dollars in North American theaters, as well as 703 million abroad.
The DC animated film League of Superpets (Krypto and the Super-Beasts) dropped three places to fifth place, grossing $5.8 million.
Simply, as "Dragon Ball" there is absolutely nothing in terms of anime industry phenomenon. I still maintain that the film has not been promoted anywhere near as it should, and yet "Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero" has already set a mark for posterity. Indeed, as the headline of this article tells you, the first day at the US box office for this new feature film has already rewarded it as the best premiere in the entire history of anime (again, in the US).
Next I leave you with the tweet from the hand of DBSChronicles that has thus shared information that, as a fan of the franchise, inevitably gives one a LOT of happiness.
Obviously it remains to be seen how the movie holds up over the next few weeks, but first off I think it's fair to say that "Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero" has a lot more potential in the West right now than it does in Japan. Curious, when one considers the number of spoilers that have occurred since the Japanese release and the fact that Toei assumed that an international 'delay' of 2-3 months was appropriate. If what "Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero" is beginning to achieve is not to rethink things for the future, I don't know what to think anymore.
And what is yet to come, since there are many announced film projects in terms of anime, where we have some titles that fans are fervently waiting for.
Based on the manga by Yūki Tabata, the plot of Black Clover follows the story of Asta and Yuno, two orphans who were raised together from birth in a church on the outskirts of the Kingdom of Clover.
Idris Elba may be facing a lion in “Beast,” but the action flick was no match for the latest installment of “Dragon Ball” at the US and Canadian box offices this weekend.
Second, with $11.6 million, was "Beast," a movie starring Elba as the father of two girls who battle a wild lion in Africa.
Crunchyroll distributed “Dragon Ball Super Hero” in 3,900 theaters in North America, making it the widest release for an animated film. The Toei Animation production was directed by Tetsuro Kodama, who had the support of "Dragon Ball" creator Akira Toriyama.
"We're thrilled that Dragon Ball fans can come together to experience and enjoy this incredible film in theaters," the distributor's vice president of global commerce, Mitchel Berger, said in a statement.
“Crunchyroll thanks all fans, whether or not they are ‘super fans’ or newcomers, and we hope you will come back online again and again,” he added.
One of Japan's biggest pop media franchises, “Dragon Ball” is synonymous with explosive fights and over-the-top action sequences, with hints of comedy providing levity in between. “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” delivers these signature elements in spades in a story that celebrates how green alien warrior Piccolo has long been “Dragon Ball's” best father.
Featuring “Dragon Ball” creator Akira Toriyama in his original story, screenplay, and character design, “Super Hero,” directed by Tetsuro Kodama, revolves around heroes and villains navigating the legacies and ambitions of their parents (absent). and grandparents. It's a nuance mentioned in the film's exposition-packed introduction, but best understood by those familiar with the "Dragon Ball" franchise, which launched with Toriyama's 1984 manga series.
For those not in the know, "Dragon Ball" primarily follows Goku, an invading orphan turned refugee from a powerful race of alien warriors who grew up on Earth, and his perpetual quest to become stronger while facing off against humans, other aliens, androids and others. even different levels of gods. Between training, various tournaments and battles for the fate of the universe, Goku made friends and enemies, got married and had a couple of children (who, unlike their father, have interests other than becoming the most powerful warrior that ever lived).
“Super Hero” shakes things up by shining a spotlight on a couple of popular but often underused supporting characters from “Dragon Ball”: Goku's eldest son Gohan (Masako Nozawa in Japanese, Kyle Hebert in the English dub), and Gohan's mentor, Piccolo. (Toshio Furukawa, Christopher Sabat), who especially shines as the heart of the film.
As explained in the movie, Gohan has long shown that he has the potential to be an even greater warrior than Goku (Nozawa, Sean Schemmel). But the kind-hearted human half is more concerned with his academic pursuits than keeping up with his training, especially since Gohan knows his father will always jump in to handle any powerful threat that arises.
It's a fair expectation on Gohan's part: Goku has always been a bit more focused on becoming the best fighter he could be than being the best father. But Gohan can always count on Piccolo, his grumpy, intimidating mentor, to not only push him to reach his full potential as a warrior, but also give him lessons on how to be a good father. Piccolo's heartwarming dynamic with Gohan's 3-year-old daughter Pan (Yūko Minaguchi, Jeannie Tirado) is among the highlights of "Superhero."
Anime fans who have kept up with “Dragon Ball” through its most recent series, “Dragon Ball Super,” will likely make up the majority of the American “Super Hero” audience. But aside from a scene of mostly inconsequential cameos, even a casual fan who has only seen "Dragon Ball Z," the second "Dragon Ball" anime series, which began airing in the US in the 90s, it's equipped enough to keep up. with the main story of the movie and you will likely appreciate this focus on Piccolo's bond with Gohan and his family.
The main antagonists of the film are the next generation of the Red Ribbon Army, an evil organization that Goku first thwarted when he was a child. Although the Red Ribbon Army's new leader, Magenta, and hired chief scientist, Dr. Hedo, are dealing with the shadows cast by their father and grandfather, respectively, the setup is more of a cute novelty than a comment on legacy. family. His story ultimately takes a backseat to the spectacular action sequences that lead to several powerful transformations.
As the title suggests, “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” somewhat addresses full movie questions about what it really means to be a hero beyond flashy poses and comedic sound effects. It also touches on timely themes involving the powers of misinformation and lies to turn heroes into villains (and vice versa) to manipulate others. But the main priority of "Superhero" is to let Gohan and Piccolo dazzle together in glorious combat against a pair of charming villains: Gamma 1 (Hiroshi Kamiya, Aleks Le) and Gamma 2 (Mamoru Miyano, Zeno Robinson), and then a even more powerful. , yes familiar, enemy. Even the movie's fancy 3-D computer animation is best suited for these action sequences.
“Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” is a must-see for fans that pays homage to one of Dragon Ball's greatest relationships.
The solid result of that film from the production company Crunchyroll, which considers it the best world premiere of an animated film, far surpassed the other great release, "Beast", from Universal, which reaped 11.6 million dollars.
The action movie "Bullet Train", starring Brad Pitt, which he led for the past two weeks, has grossed $8 million.
Fourth place went to "Top Gun: Maverick" 5.9 million. HD In 13 weeks on the bill, the film has Tom Cruise as its star author, it has garnered 683 million dollars in North American theaters and 703 million abroad.
The first trailers for 'Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero' showed Gohan using his Super Saiyan forms, in a kind of betrayal of his earlier decision to focus on his Ultimate form and achieve a form that no Saiyan has ever unlocked.
However, a new sneak peek shows Gohan in all of his mystical glory. Furthermore, Toriyama recently revealed that he considers Gohan to be the strongest character, who only needs to be motivated by his revered teacher, Piccolo.
“Gohan and Piccolo, who have always appeared in the previous films but have had less action, engage in a fierce battle to protect Earth in this film. Will Gohan's daughter Pan, who is being trained by Piccolo, be in the fight as well? Including characters from the past, you can't miss who will be appearing and what roles they will play until the end," revealed the film's producer Akio Iyoku.
The aforementioned animated film, which will not be released in cinemas in Spain until September 2, thus prevails over the other more or less important premiere of the week, that of 'The Beast', which has had to make do with about 11.5 million. What I said in passing, is not bad at all. although it is nothing to write home about and its production cost is an excessive 36 million (without advertising).
Also this weekend, 'The Orphan: First Murder' was released in just 498 theaters (as well as Paramount+), achieving a gross of 1.68 million. Its average, of more than 3,000 dollars per copy, suggests that those responsible were as wrong as those of 'Predator: Prey', 'The Invisible Agent' or 'Thirteen Lives' premiering on streaming.
Regarding the rest of the titles on the billboard, it should be noted that with just over 683 million 'Top Gun: Maverick' has already surpassed 'Avengers: Infinity War' as the sixth highest-grossing film in the history of the United States. Its worldwide total also exceeds 1.4 billion dollars, surpassing 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' as the twelfth highest-grossing film in history worldwide.
Finally to mention that the same weekend in which A24 turned ten years old, 'Bodies Bodies Bodies' multiplied by two the number of cinemas in which it was exhibited last week. without much luck: -26% is left compared to last week, adding "only" 2.4 million to a total that exceeds 7. which is already more than the slightly less than 5 million that 'Fall' has raised in two weeks.