Published on July 6th, 2022
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero film, which opened in Japan on June 11, has not been performing that well when compared to the previous Dragon Ball films which released in the last 2 decades.
The New film based on the Akira Toriyama’s hit manga series, Dragon Ball Super is yet to debut internationally, but domestically, it has been released since three weeks ago. When compared to the previous 3 films (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Dragon Ball Super: Broly) made a lot less box office revenue in the first 3 weeks of opening.
According to BoxOfficeMojo, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero had made $12,121,600 US in the first 3 weeks. Compared to Super Hero film, the previous 3 films each made more than $20 million in their first 3 opening weeks. Here is a table comparing the earning of the 3 films:
|Movie||First 3 Weeks Box Office|
|Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods||$23,618,327|
|Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’||$21,411,019|
|Dragon Ball Super: Broly||$23,640,548|
|Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero||$12,121,600|
There could be a number of reasons behind the low box office performance, but two major factors might be the animation and the story. The animation style of the new movie is completely different from the previous films, while the Dragon Ball anime and films had a 2d animation till now, but the DBS: Super Hero film is completely CG animation which could be quite overwhelming for many fans who are experiencing CGI for the first time.
The 2nd major factor could be the change of main characters. DBS: Super Hero focuses more on Gohan and Piccolo, Goku barely appears in the film trailer as well. Changing the protagonist from Goku and Vegeta to Gohan and Piccolo could also be the reason for low turnout in the cinemas.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero film will be released in North America on August 19, in more than 2300 cinemas. Dragon Ball Super: Broly earned $30 million in North America. It will be interesting to see how well DBS: Super Hero performs worldwide after getting an average response from Japanese fans.