Box Office: ‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ Tames ‘Beast’ For Top Spot

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Weekend box office information is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of

Crunchyroll and Toei Animation’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero was off to an impressive first place start this weekend with an estimated $20.11 million. The latest anime Dragon Ball film exceeded expectations (which had been in the teen millions) and essentially matched the $20.24 million five-day start of 2019’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly in two fewer days. The consensus feeling was that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero wouldn’t be quite as strong at the box office as Dragon Ball Super: Broly was, but after this weekend’s performance, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is in great shape to eventually surpass the $30.71 million final domestic gross of Dragon Ball Super: BrolyDragon Ball Super: Super Hero was helped out tremendously by opening in 3,018 locations, which is especially wide for an anime film (in comparison, Dragon Ball Super: Broly launched in a semi-wide 1,250 locations). Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero also received a significant boost from playing on IMAX screens, as the film’s estimated $3.4 million IMAX gross represented 16.9 percent of the film’s overall domestic gross this weekend. In recent years, theatrical anime films have clearly become more and more popular in North America, as in addition to Dragon Ball Super: BrolyDragon Ball Super: Super Hero also joins the likes of previous Crunchyroll (and prior Funimation) successes as last year’s Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train and this year’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero was directed by Tetsuro Kodama.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero grossed an estimated $10.89 million on Friday (including a significant $4.30 million from Thursday preview shows that began at 5PM), declined a sharp, but understandable 47.0 percent on Saturday to take in $5.77 million and is estimated to decrease 40.2 percent on Sunday to gross $3.45 million. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero had the third largest domestic opening weekend ever for an anime film (behind only 1999’s Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back and Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train) and is already the sixth highest grossing anime film ever domestically. Critical reviews for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero have been strong and the film also looks to be going over very well with its target audience given the film’s current 95 percent Verified Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero also grossed an estimated $12.0 million internationally this weekend from 30 international markets. The film was especially impressive in Mexico with $3.7 million, with other grosses including $1.5 million in Argentina, $1.2 million in Peru, $0.80 million in the United Kingdom, $0.68 million in Chile and $0.54 million in Australia. Crunchyroll and Sony have international rights for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, except for in Japan (where the film opened back in June). Upcoming international release dates for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero include Germany on August 30, Spain on September 2, South Korea on September 15, Italy on September 29 and France on October 5.

Universal’s Beast debuted in second place this weekend with an estimated $11.57 million. That was in line with consensus expectations, which had been relatively modest heading into the weekend. The R-rated action thriller was directed by Baltasar Kormákur and stars Idris Elba, Iyana Halley, Leah Sava Jeffries, and Sharlto Copley. Compared to previous films starring Elba, Beast opened 9.7 percent higher than the $10.55 million start of 2017’s The Mountain Between Us, but 39.6 percent lower than the $19.15 million opening of 2017’s The Dark Tower. African American moviegoers represented 34 percent of the overall audience for Beast this weekend. Beast may have received a small boost this weekend from representing the primary alternative choice for moviegoers not interested in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.

Beast grossed $4.31 million on Friday (including an estimated $0.925 million from Thursday preview shows that began at 5PM), declined a promising 0.9 percent on Saturday to gross $4.27 million and is estimated to decrease 30.0 percent on Sunday to gross $2.99 million. In addition to the film’s strong Saturday hold, Beast also received a respectable B rating from CinemaScore audiences. On the average, critical reviews for Beast have also been respectable. Going forward, Beast could be helped out by the relative lack of new high-profile releases entering the marketplace over the next few weeks, though at the same time, next weekend will see the release of United Artists and MGM’s Three Thousand Years of Longing, which also stars Elba (and Tilda Swinton).

Beast remained a modest performer internationally this weekend with an estimated $2.8 million from 38 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $10.3 million and current global haul to $21.9 million. The highest grossing international market to date for Beast has been Mexico with $1.9 million, followed by Saudi Arabia with $1.5 million. In the coming week Beast will open in additional international markets including France on Wednesday (August 24), Germany and Australia on Thursday (August 25) and the United Kingdom on Friday (August 26).

After leading the weekend box office each of the past two frames, Sony’s Bullet Train was down two spots to place in third with an estimated $8.00 million. Bullet Train declined 40.3 percent, which represented a very respectable hold, especially since the film was playing in 576 fewer locations this weekend than last weekend and also lost the remainder of its IMAX showtimes to Dragon Ball Super: Super HeroBullet Train has grossed $68.98 million domestically through 17 days; placing it just ahead of the $68.72 million 17-day gross of The Lost City earlier this year (which declined a similar 38.6 percent in its third weekend to gross $9.03 million). After this weekend’s hold, don’t be surprised to see Bullet Train continue to stabilize going forward. Internationally, Bullet Train grossed an estimated $12.1 million this weekend from 61 international markets. Respective totals for Bullet Train stand at $81.0 million internationally and at $150.0 million globally. In the coming week Bullet Train will open in South Korea on Wednesday and in Italy on Thursday, before opening in Japan the following week on Thursday, September 1.

Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick continued its historic box office run with an estimated fourth place take of $5.85 million. Top Gun: Maverick was down a slim 17.1 percent from last weekend and that was with last weekend’s performance being inflated from returning to select IMAX and non-IMAX premium screens. With an 87-day domestic gross of $683.37 million, Top Gun: Maverick has now surpassed the $678.82 million total domestic gross of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War to move into sixth place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list. At this point, it’s only a matter of time before Top Gun: Maverick passes both the $700 million domestic mark and the $700.43 million final domestic gross of 2018’s Black Panther (to move into fifth place all-time domestically). Internationally, Top Gun: Maverick grossed an estimated $8.7 million this weekend from 63 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $720.0 million and current global haul to a massive $1.403 billion.

Warner’s DC League of Super-Pets rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $5.78 million. Prior to this weekend, holds for DC League of Super-Pets hadn’t been that great for a family film, but DC League of Super-Pets clearly stabilized this weekend by declining just 17.5 percent from last weekend. The 24-day domestic total for DC League of Super-Pets stands at $67.48 million, which is 1.6 percent ahead of the $66.42 million 24-day gross of The Bad Guys earlier this year. Internationally, DC League of Super-Pets grossed an estimated $6.0 million this weekend from 70 international markets. Respective totals for the film stand at $62.9 million internationally and at $130.4 million globally.

Estimated grosses for other holdovers this weekend included $4.03 million for Disney’s Thor: Love and Thunder (down 25.0 percent), $3.55 million for Universal’s Nope (a decline of 33.8 percent), a similar $3.52 million for fellow Universal release Minions: The Rise of Gru (a decrease of 29.6 percent) and $3.15 million for Sony’s Where the Crawdads Sing (down only 21.3 percent). Respective domestic totals stand at $350.04 million through 52 days for Minions: The Rise of Gru, at $332.11 million for Thor: Love and Thunder through 45 days, at $113.76 million for Nope through 31 days and at $77.73 million through 38 days for Where the Crawdads Sing.

Internationally, Minions: The Rise of Gru grossed an estimated $26.7 million from 83 international markets, thanks in part to debuts of $11.8 million in China and $6.1 million in Italy. Respective totals for Minions: The Rise of Gru stand at $483.6 million internationally and at $833.6 million globally. Nope grossed an estimated $9.4 million from 58 international markets; bringing the film’s international total to $19.3 million and global total to $133.0 million. Thor: Love and Thunder grossed an estimated $4.9 million from 46 international markets; bringing the film’s international total to $405.0 million and global total to $737.1 million. Where the Crawdads Sing grossed an estimated $4.1 million from 23 international markets; bringing the film’s international total to $20.0 million and global total to $97.7 million.

Further down on this weekend’s chart, upon expanding from semi-wide to wide release, A24’s Bodies Bodies Bodies declined 22.9 percent to claim tenth place with an estimated $2.41 million. Bodies Bodies Bodies has grossed $7.44 million through 17 days, though this weekend’s per-location average of $949 is concerning going forward. And as a bit of a surprise, Paramount’s Orphan: First Kill debuted in twelfth with an estimated $1.68 million from just 498 locations (for a very solid per-location average of $3,363). The William Brent Bell directed R-rated horror prequel opened day-and-date this weekend, theatrically in moderate release and via streaming on Paramount+ and VOD.


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