Movie box office service Box Office Mojo is reporting that Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods grossed $1.07 million opening night (05 August 2014) of its limited North American theatrical run. These results are based on 692 U.S. theaters that reported their earnings. As of this post, following its second day in theaters, the movie has grossed $1.94 million. Many fans across the country have reported sold out showings at their local theaters, and yesterday FUNimation sent out an e-mail thanking fans for showing up in droves.
The limited theatrical run is officially slated to end this Saturday, but some areas will be seeing a delayed released from 14 August 2014 to 17 August 2014, so the final gross totals will not be available until then. However, based on the information available from Box Office Mojo, the United States posted the 4th best international opening day behind Argentina, Mexico, and Italy. Mexico currently holds the highest international total gross for the movie with $4.47 million accrued over its month-long theatrical run.
Be sure to share your Battle of Gods experience with us on our forum, or simply read the experiences from your fellow Dragon Ball fans. Also be sure to check back this weekend for a special podcast episode covering our own adventures to see the movie!
In mid-July Manga UK announced their acquisition of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, noting that additional details would be forthcoming “in the coming weeks”. Well earlier yesterday it was announced via their Instagram account that Battle of Gods is officially slated to be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2014. Battle of Gods is currently available on home video in Hong Kong, Mexico, and Taiwan with other countries slowly making their way from theatrical screenings to home releases.
In addition, Manga UK has also announced that the movie will be screened at the Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival later this October, with a comment from the company noting this particular screening will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The announcement also indicates that additional screenings of the movie will be announced soon, so stay tuned for those!
Thanks to Anthony for passing this along.
Australian distributor Madman Entertainment announced last September that they had acquired the license to Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, and shortly thereafter it began being screened from October to December at the 17th Japanese Film Festival in Australia and New Zealand. As with all movies shown at the festival, it was presented in its original Japanese with English subtitles. However, Madman has recently announced that they will once again be screening Battle of Gods, only this time it will be a very limited run of FUNimation’s English dub of the movie. A region locked trailer was posted along with Madman’s official announcement, but it is merely FUNimation’s trailer for the movie with swapped out dates and locations.
The movie will be screened in 8 cities in Australia and 4 cities in New Zealand on 30 August 2014 (and exclusively in Melbourne on the 31st) as part of the special “Reel Anime” theatrical event. Tickets can be purchased directly from the participating cinema locations listed here.
Thanks to Matt for the heads up about this.
Bandai Namco Holdings has posted an ¥11.632 billion (approximately $114 million) net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.
Dragon Ball came in as the seventh-best-performing franchise for the company with ¥1.9 billion in net sales (down from ¥2.5 billion the same quarter last year). The company is projecting ¥12.3 billion yen for the full fiscal year, which would be up slightly from last year’s ¥11.4 billion.
In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise dropped slightly in net sales from ¥1.5 billion last year in Q1 2014 to ¥1.3 billion this quarter. The company is forecasting ¥5.5 billion for the year, a drop from the ¥6.4 billion it brought in during the entirety of fiscal 2014.
Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 (for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS) only just launched this week, so any potential cumulative sales figures would be reported in the Q2 Fiscal 2015 report.
The book comes with a (physical, arcade-compatible) “Vegeta: Super Saiyan 3″ card as well as a download code for a V-Jump Books special mission in the game. If you attempt the mission, you get an S-Rare+ Hero Badge (“Headband of Resolve”), and if you successfully complete the mission you will receive an in-game rare promo card.
Dragon Ball Heroes continues to churn out updates as it approaches its fourth anniversary in Japanese arcades. Those wishing to bring the card-based battles home have been stuck either sliding cards around an empty table or fighting it out on the first home port on the Nintendo 3DS, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission from February 2013. The fight continues on the 3DS today with Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2.
Ultimate Mission 2 is set to include over 2,000 cards and cover the original arcade game’s updates from the very beginning up through the third Ja’aku Ryū Mishion (“JM” or “Evil Dragons Mission”) update. The game’s “Ultimate Universe” mode will take players through the story beginning with Son Goku’s childhood all the way through Dragon Ball GT. The “Scouter Mode” and “Burst Limit Mission” will provide other challenges for players, along with an original story chapter entitled “The Birth of Majin Buu”.
Owners of the first Ultimate Mission will be able to transfer their cards to the new sequel.
Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 retails for ¥6,145 and is available for order via CDJapan and Play-Asia. The game is also available digitally via the Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo 3DS is region-locked, however, and the game will require a Japanese system in order to play and access on the eShop.
Amazon Japan and Happinet have both updated their product listings with the cover art for the first box set of the “Majin Buu arc” of Dragon Ball Kai, which is set to be released 02 September 2014. This first box will contain episodes 99 to 110 of the Japanese broadcast version of the series on 2 discs and comes packaged with non-credit versions of the new opening and first ending themes, along with an exclusive booklet. The Blu-ray box is set at a ¥15,200 (~$148.00) retail price point, while the DVD set comes in a little cheaper at ¥11,200 (~$110.00).
Unlike the previous home video releases for Dragon Ball Kai (Saiyan to Cell arcs), Toei has opted to forgo any individual DVD releases and instead release each box set in both Blu-ray and DVD formats. Also departing from the previous releases, both the Blu-ray and DVD boxes will be available in widescreen formats only.
In addition to revealing a new transformation for Broli in Dragon Ball Heroes, today’s (04 August 2014) September 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump provides a quick recap of information for the upcoming console video game for the franchise, Dragon Ball: XENOVERSE.
In addition to reviewing previously-detailed information, the issue’s two-page spread does note that the “Future Warrior” is sent to the past from a town led by Trunks, who sends him to various time periods in Dragon Ball‘s history via the time vault.
Dragon Ball: XENOVERSE will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, though no release date has been set.
Originally teased last month in the September 2014 issue of V-Jump in Japan, today’s (04 August 2014) September 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump provides a clear shot at a new transformation for Broli in Dragon Ball Heroes:
Though not actually named either as a character or by form, we clearly see Broli (originally created for Dragon Ball Z Movie 8) has reached Super Saiyan 4, a transformation from the Dragon Ball GT TV series. There is not much more in the way of information, and even the magazine itself simply says that he is an “utimate warrior” and they have only obtained the single image!
More information will be available in the coming issues of Saikyō Jump and V-Jump as they head toward the game’s fourth anniversary. Saikyō Jump itself appears to be going bi-monthly, however, with the next issue due out 03 October 2014.
Dragon Ball Heroes is the card-based arcade game exclusive to Japan that is heading toward its sixth update (Ja’aku Ryū Mishion 6 or “JM6″ / “Evil Dragons Mission 6″) of the third major expansion. A second Nintendo 3DS port, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2, is due out this week in Japan.