Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Tops US Weekend Box Office With US$20.1 million

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero scored a successful opening at the US weekend box office with an opening weekend gross of US$20.1 million. Its takings come close to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train‘s $21.2 million opening in 2021 and strongly surpasses the $9.8 million opening that Dragon Ball Super: Broly achieved in 2018.

As noted by Box Office Mojo, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is also the first anime movie to open in first place in the US since Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back in 1999. 

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero premiered in North America on August 19. Distributed by Crunchyroll, the movie’s North American release saw it landing on over 4,000 screens including IMAX, 4DX, Dolby Cinemas, MX4d, and DBox formats. 

In a press release, Crunchyroll said that this was its biggest North American theatrical release, while Box Office Mojo noted that this was the “widest release ever for an anime.” The movie is available in both subbed and dubbed options. 

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is the second film to be inspired by the Dragon Ball Super anime and manga series. It premiered in Japan on June 11. Crunchyroll describes the plot as:

The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves “Super Heroes”. They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan… What is the New Red Ribbon Army’s objective? In the face of approaching danger, it is time to awaken, Super Hero!

Tetsurou Kodama (Dragon Ball Super: Broly co-CG sequence director) directed the film with Kubota Chikashi (One-Punch Man character designer) as animation director, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama as character designer and scriptwriter, Nobuhito Sue (Dragon Ball Super: Broly art designer) as art director, Rumiko Nagai (Dragon Ball Super: Broly) as color designer, and Naoki Satou (Eureka: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution) as music composer.

The Japanese cast includes Masako NozawaToshio FurukawaRyou HirokawaTakeshi KusaoAya Hisakawa, Hiroshi KamiyaMamoru MiyanoVolcano Oota, and Ryouta Takeuchi. Meanwhile, the English dub cast includes Kyle Hebert, Sean Schemmel, Robert McCollum, Christopher R. Sabat, Aleks Le, Zeno Robinson, Charles Martinet, and Jason Marnocha.

The Shueisha-published Dragon Ball Super manga, written by Toriyama and drawn by Toyotarou (Dragon Ball Heroes Victory MissionDragon Ball Z: Resurrection “F”), began in 2015 and has 19 volumes as of August 2022. The anime series aired from 2015 to 2018. 

The manga is serialized in V Jump and published under the Jump Comics label. The original Dragon Ball manga began in 1984. 

Sources: Press release, Box Office Mojo

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