FUNimation Entertainment has announced a record-breaking opening night for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'. Opening in 894 theaters in the United States, the film earned $1.97 million at the box office on opening day, averaging more than $2,198 per screen. Those numbers landed the movie in first place in Average Per Screen among the Top 10 U.S. films, and sixth place overall at the box office.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' is now the eighth highest grossing anime opening of all time, and the first limited event-style theatrical release to enter the Top 10.
"We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive fan response to the movie. We knew the opening would be very good but its performance has exceeded everyone's expectations," said Michael DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation in a press release. "From our theatrical marketing campaign and fan engagement events to our expanded theatrical footprint and the specially produced 15-minute pre-show, FUNimation made a strategic decision to make Dragon Ball Z accessible to anime fans both old and new and it has paid off."
"This film is a resounding victory on all levels," said David Wengrod, VP of Theatrical Distribution for FUNimation. "The combination of our careful choice of release dates, an enticing marketing campaign that theaters embraced and fans universally accepted, and all of the great reviews added up to a terrific opening for us."
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' is the follow-up to last year's Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The film is a limited event-style theatrical release, running through Aug. 12, which includes a specially-produced 15-minute, Dragon Ball Z themed pre-show to create a unique experience for fans that can only be found in theaters.