Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is expected to surpass it’s 3 billion yen (around $31.5 Million USD) goal in gross sales by the time it’s run in Japanese theaters end. At least that’s according to a report by Japanese statistics company Oricon
In it’s first day at Japanese theaters, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods grossed 47.3% of what Toei Animation’s One Piece: Film Z took in on day one. In exact amounts, that would be an estimated 354.75 million yen (about $3.8 Million USD).
One Piece: Film Z grossed a total of 6.85 billion yen (around $72.7 million USD). If Battle of Gods continues to take in 47.3% of what One Piece grossed, it’s expected to eclipse the 3 billion goal by 240 million yen (about $2.5 million USD) for a total of 3.24 billion yen (around $34.4 million USD).
Oricon notes DBZ author Akira Toriyama’s involvement with the latest DBZ movie has generated a lot of buzz with fans, who came into theaters in herds. The audience consisted mostly of parents in their late 20’s to 50’s, coming in to enjoy the movie with their children.
Update: It seems as if sales reported on day one are only until 1 PM on March 30, so first day sales will likely be higher than the 354.75 million yen. We will provide an additional update when available. Thanks Elizabeth Bonis Murayama!
Update 2: Removed 1 PM information, Oricon’s report was a bit unclear. Two day sales released: Opening Weekend Sales Over 683 Million.
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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is the 18th movie in the Dragon Ball anime series. It will take place between Dragon Ball manga chapters 517 and 518, in the 10 year timeskip after Goku defeats Buu, but before the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. Akira Toriyama along with Toei Animation, Fox International Productions Japan, Shueisha, Fuji TV, Bandai, and Namco Bandai Games are all involved. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is set to release in Japanese theaters March 30, 2013. There is no word on a North American or European release date at this time, however, Toei has acknowledged a huge international response and has received government funding for a potential release.