Selling over 5.04 million tickets for a gross of over 6 billion yen ($68 million USD), One Piece Film Z is the hottest movie in the franchise! The movie was released on December 15 and is the second highest grossing film in Japan during 2012. With a few additional weeks at the box office, releasing July 13, only Umizaru 4 topped Film Z.
One Piece Film Z is scheduled to hit theaters in Taiwan on January 25, Singapore on February 1, and Hong Kong, Thailand, and South Korea on February 14 of this year. Toei Animation is interested in licensing the movie in Europe, the United States, and other regions in hopes of continuing the global expansion of Japanese anime.