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“Dragon Ball Super” Confirmed To Be The Best Anime Movie With $201M

The “Dragon Ball” does not compare to the critically-acclaimed film “Beast.”

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Idris Elba is pictured here in a still from Universal’s “Beast.” Lauren Mulligan of Universal Pictures for AP. (Image courtesy of AP)

Even though Idris Elba faces off against a lion in “Beast,” the latest “Dragon Ball” film easily won the weekend at the North American box office.

The studio estimates that “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” earned $20.1, making it the highest grossing film of its opening weekend. Meanwhile, “Beast” debuted in second place with $11.6 million.

Crunchyroll’s release of “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” on 3,900 screens across North America is the largest debut for an anime to date. Akira Toriyama, creator of “Dragon Ball,” endorsed Tetsuro Kodama, the film’s director for Toei Animation. Including manga, television shows, movies, video games, and toys, the Dragon Ball franchise is nearly 40 years old.

In a statement, the distributor’s senior v.p. of global commerce expressed his delight that Dragon Ball fans could see the film together in theaters. “Crunchyroll appreciates every single one of its fans, whether they’re’super’ fans or just checking us out for the first time.

PostTrak reports that nearly 80% of “Dragon Ball Super” viewers are male and that nearly half are between the ages of 25 and 34.

Beast, meanwhile, debuted in 3,743 theaters across the continent. Elba plays a widowed father of two teenage girls, played by Iyana Halley and Leah Jeffries, who are on the run from a bloodthirsty lion in South Africa in this film directed by Baltasar Kormákur (“Everest”).

It has been reported that “Beast” has made $21.8 million worldwide.

Jim Orr, head of domestic distribution at Universal, thinks “Beast” is off to a great start. I’m confident that our film will do well at the box office.

Next weekend will see the release of two films starring Elba: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” both fantasy epics directed by George Miller.

Also, after two consecutive weekends at the top, Sony’s “Bullet Train” fell to third place with an estimated $8 million, bringing its domestic total to $68.9 million. With an additional $5.9 million in its 13th weekend, Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” landed in fourth place. To date, “Top Gun” has earned over $683 million in North America, making it the sixth highest grossing domestic release of all time, surpassing “Avengers: Infinity War.” DC’s “League of Super-Pets” rounded out the top 5.

“Orphan: First Kill” was released this weekend by Paramount on Paramount+ and in 498 theaters. Box office projections put Esther’s origin story at a healthy $1.7 million.

Ticket sales in North America totaled $77 million over the weekend, an increase of over 168% compared to the same weekend in 2016, bringing the yearly total to $5.2 billion so far, as reported by Comscore. The summer movie season, however, shows no signs of ending and may remain on a downward trend well into the fall.

Comscore’s projection of how much money theaters in the United States and Canada made from Friday through Sunday tickets sales. On Monday, we’ll get the final domestic numbers.

1 “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero,” Twenty one million dollars in value.

2 – $11.6 million for “Beast.”

Three, $8 million for “Bullet Train.”

$5.9 million for number four, “Top Gun: Maverick.”

#5, “DC League of Super-Pets,” $5.8 million.

Sixth, the $4 million for “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

7 “Not at all,” $3,600,000.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru,” The price tag comes in at $3.5 million.

9: $3.2 million for “Where the Crawdads Sing.”

It’s all about the bodies, bodies, bodies, The sum of $2.4 million.