‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ Wins Weekend Box Office

With the estimates in and final numbers to come later today, the release of the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero film has come in at the top spot with a take of just over $20 million at the box office. It adds to the string of solid numbers for anime feature films in the domestic box office over the past couple of years which has seen regular growth with the big name projects. One of the things that helps with this is that there is so much built-in fan audience for it that goes through the knowledge and anticipation and promotion of the Japanese theatrical release so that when it gets here, Crunchyroll ne Funimation don’t have to spend in the same way that a traditional Hollywood studio does. They put money into some advertising but it’s a fraction of what other films end up doing and that’s something that catches the eye of the big studios who are in a different position. The potential to start picking up smaller projects like these with less investment but solid returns could help bolster overall yearly earnings, so Crunchyroll may find itself in some competition for properties in the next few years.

The arrival of Beast did decently but not strongly with a $11.5 million take in the doldrums of August and it did energize some audiences but the social media side didn’t get the traction that other projects like this do.

Bullet Train falls to third with $8 million to bring it to just a hair under $69 million. Nice.

The other big story is Top Gun: Maverick as it added another $5.8 million to bring it to $683.3 million domestically where it’s now at the sixth highest-grossing film. It’s now the ninth highest-grossing worldwide take as it’s now past the $1.4 billion market, edging out Avengers: Infinity War.

#TitleDistributor NameWeekend Total# of LocsLoc AvgCume TotalMarket Share
1Dragon Ball Super: Super HeroCrunchyroll$20,100,0003,018$6,660$20,100,00038.6%
2BeastUniversal$11,570,0003,743$3,091$11,570,00027.2%
3Bullet TrainSony$8,000,0003,781$2,116$68,984,7865.8%
4Top Gun MaverickParamount$5,850,0002,969$1,970$683,374,8345.7%
5DC League of Super PetsWarner Bros.$5,775,0003,537$1,633$67,484,8724.8%
6Thor: Love And ThunderDisney$4,031,0002,755$1,463$332,112,6244.4%
7NopeUniversal$3,550,0002,381$1,491$113,761,2203.8%
8Minions: The Rise Of GruUniversal$3,520,0002,654$1,326$350,036,9903.4%
9Where The Crawdads SingSony$3,150,0002,608$1,208$77,725,3082.8%
10Bodies Bodies BodiesA24$2,412,2082,541$949$7,439,3431.1%
11ElvisWarner Bros.$1,950,0001,741$1,120$144,820,9650.4%
12Orphan: First KillParamount$1,675,000498$3,363$1,675,0000.3%

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[Source: Box Office Essentials]