Dragon Ball Z has been getting a revival as of late. First, came the movie Battle of Gods, which not only gave us hope that DBZ was coming back, but set up Goku (the main character in case you didn’t know) to become even more epic. Now, with news that Dragon Ball Super (the next anime in the franchise) is coming, all eyes are on the next movie Resurrection F to tide us over until it crosses the ocean to reach us.
Well, there is good news for Dragon Ball fans on that front. Because fans are so pumped to see Resurrection F, they set a box office record when it opened up in its limited theatrical release. The film will only be in theaters for nine days. It started on August 4 and will end next week. On it’s opening day in only 896 theaters in the US, the film made $1.98. Now yes, that doesn’t sound impressive. But for a Japanese anime film, oe that hasn’t had a major series in nearly a decade, that’s pretty good. In fact, it’s the only limited event anime movie to ever break the US Top Ten for the box office.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive fan response to the movie. We knew the opening would be very good but its performance has exceeded everyone’s expectations,” said Michael DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation in a press release. “From our theatrical marketing campaign and fan engagement events to our expanded theatrical footprint and the specially produced 15-minute pre-show, FUNimation made a strategic decision to make Dragon Ball Z accessible to anime fans both old and new and it has paid off.”
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F’s limited US release ends on August 12.