The success of the Dragon Ball movie and takes the lead at the North American box office
The animated film Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the 21st feature film in the Japanese saga, took control of the North American box office this weekend for its release, according to estimates Sunday from trade firm Exhibitor Relations.
Dragon Ball Super took in an estimated $20.1 million between Friday and Sunday, far ahead of the weekend’s other release, Beast.
“This is another strong showing for Crunchyroll,” the film’s 95% Sony-controlled U.S. distributor, noted David Gross, an analyst with Franchise Entertainment Research.
With 11.6 million over the weekend, Universal Studios’ Beast came in second, an “average debut […] for an action film starring an animal,” Gross added.
The animal in question is a huge lion that chases a widower (Idris Elba) and his daughters on a safari.
Another action movie, Bullet Train, which dominated the box office for two weeks, came in third place with 8 million over the weekend. Brad Pitt plays one of seven hitmen who try to kill each other on a high-speed train between Tokyo and Kyoto.
Top Gun: Maverick managed to stay in fourth place, thirteen weeks after its release, with another $5.9 million. The sequel to Top Gun, again starring Tom Cruise, has already earned a total of 683 million in North America and 703 million in the rest of the world.
The animated film DC League of Super-Pets, starring the French voices of Muriel Robin and the singer Soprano, came in fifth place with $5.8 million.