Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero blew up American cinemas as powerfully as one of Goku’s Ki Blasts, but where does it rank compared to other animated movies at the box office?
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has taken the world by storm. With its bright colors, fun characters, and explosive action, it’s been considered one of the best Dragon Ball movies for years. You can actually read our review of this one here.
Animated films in general have become very popular in American cinemas lately, with the increasing rise of the medium. But it turns out that the film actually managed to rank among the best of them.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero actually managed to rank among the top five grossing anime movies, but where exactly does it rank?
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero ranks fourth in US box office records
The Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero animated film has grossed an estimated $34,932,582 after Labor Day weekend, which is its third weekend in North America. This means the film now ranks as the fourth highest-grossing animated film in US theaters.
Its grossing puts Dragon Ball above another recent hit anime film, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, which earned $34,542,754 in 2022. Both films now rank 28th and 29th at the box office. US this year, below Downton Abbey: A New Era ($43,896,550) and above The Northman, The Bob’s Burgers Movie and Beast.
This success is likely due to it being the widest opening ever for an animated film, as it is screened by both Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures. The film opened in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland in its first week, with dubbed and subtitled screenings. Now, the film is available in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile, and other countries outside of the United States.
It is the highest-grossing Dragon Ball film in the United States, as the film placed sixth in its first weekend alone, grossing $21,124,049. Comparatively, Dragon Ball Super: Broly earned $9.8 million in its opening weekend in the United States and Canada.
The only animated movies that have earned more in their US box office totals are Pokémon: The First Movie, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba -The Movie: Mugen Train, and Pokémon 2000 – The Movie. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero also ranks third among them for biggest US openings and is the third anime film to top the US weekend box office. Pokémon: The First Movie opened with $31,036,678 in 1999, and Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train premiered with $21,234,994 in 2021.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero daily box office tallies in North America so far are:
- Thursday, August 18: $4,303,671
- Friday, August 19: $6,611,743
- Saturday August 20: $5,813,401
- Sunday August 21: $4,395,234
- Monday, August 22: $1,514,414
- Tuesday, August 23: $1,593,787
- Wednesday August 24: $1,053,705
- Thursday, August 25: $910,359
- Friday, August 26: $1,323,852
- Saturday August 27: $1,917,271
- Sunday, August 28: $1,436,515
- Monday, August 29: $421,776
- Tuesday, August 30: $499,764
- Wednesday August 31: $347,090
- Friday, September 2: $511,000 (estimated)
- Saturday, September 3: $1,080,000 (estimate)
- Sunday, September 4: $814,000 (estimate)
- Monday, September 5: $394,000 (estimated)
box office mojo had listed the film as having grossed $77,132,582 worldwide, ahead of this weekend’s estimated box office return, and the film is only expected to grow from here.
If you haven’t seen the film yet, watch the trailer below. The plot is described as follows:
The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. The individuals who perpetuate his spirit created the ultimate androids – Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. However, these two androids call themselves superheroes and start attacking Piccolo and Gohan.
The film was directed by Tetsuro Kodama, with Chikashi Kubota serving as animation director. Original Dragon Ball manga creator Akira Toriyama worked on the film’s story, screenplay, and character designs.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is still available in select theaters.