After a highly successful international run, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F opened in the domestic market in only 894 select theaters and playing only one time a night — at 7 PM and the performance here is as stunning as it was overseas in Japan. On Tuesday and last night, it had collected a whopping $1.97M and Wednesday is said to have drawn in another estimated $1.6M. The movie’s per screen average of more than $2,198 landed it in first place yesterday among all movies. Theater sell outs were reported in major metropolitan areas including New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.
This picture, on a budget of only $5M, could end up doing $18M to $19M in one week domestically. It has already grossed $51.6M overseas. It scored the biggest opening in Japan of 2015 and it had some stiff competition with Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 (as it was titled internationally). It was released by Fox in Japan and took No. 1 to mark a 40% higher opening than its predecessor, Dragonball Z: Battle Of Gods in 2013.
Same is happening domestically. Battle of Gods grossed $2.5 million for its entire run. So Resurrection F on its first day took in 67% of that gross in one day.
“This film is a resounding victory on all levels,” said David Wengrod, VP of Theatrical Distribution for FUNimation Entertainment which is distributing. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F is the second feature from series creator, Akira Toriyama.
The animated movie opens in Canada on Thursday, August 6, and will screen in more than 1,000 theaters total during its limited theatrical engagement from August 4 – 12, 2015.
The movie is now the 8th highest anime opening of all time and the first limited event-style theatrical release to crack the box office Top 10.