The Japanese anime fantasy martial arts movie, “Dragon Ball Super: Broly”, has reportedly earned around USD 9.3 million during its opening weekend in Japan, a new record for the franchise.
According to Anime News Network, the latest Dragon Ball installment sold more than 820,000 tickets in its first three days. Compare that to 716,000 tickets sold on the opening weekend of “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'” (2015), which happens to be the highest-earning Dragon Ball movie with USD 61.7 million total lifetime gross worldwide.
Nevertheless, the movie producer and distributor Toei forecasts a conservative estimate and expects “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” to earn more than 5 billion yen or roughly USD 44 million.
Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine and written by Akira Toriyama, “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” opened in 467 screens in Japan, zooming to number-one at the Japanese box office from December 14 to 16, 2018.
Initial reviews of the movie are positive, with some fans saying it is the best among Dragon Ball movies ever made.
“Dragon Ball Super: Broly” will open in the USA and Canada on January 16, 2019.