Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods – Opening Weekend Sales Over 683 Million

Posted by Dawn Bryant
Tags: Dragon Ball, Information,

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was a hit at the Japanese box office! During opening weekend, March 30 and March 31, it took in over 683 million yen (around $7.3 million USD) in gross sales! Over 561,000 fans went to see it, making it the #1 non-American movie this past weekend.

How did Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods do in comparison to the other movies we at Saiyan Island were enthused about recently?

One Piece Film Z, which was released on December 15, 2012, brought in 1.37 billion yen (around $16 million USD) during it’s opening weekend. Like Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the movie was created by Japanese animation house Toei Animation.

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie, which was released July 28, 2012, brought in an estimated 356 millon yen (around $3.8 million USD) during it’s opening weekend. It was created by Japanese animation house Studio Pierrot.

Source: Variety, CinemaToday

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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 was released in Japanese theaters on 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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.ramirez.7587370 John Ramirez

    Film Z had 3 days instead of 2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.waabenammentorp Paul Waaben Ammentorp


  • scabab

    That’s not bad at all for just two days. Though it seems that making $3.8 million by 1pm can’t be true.

    I hope it does well.

  • narutobleachop

    the movie came out on March 30 so it’s 2 days

  • scabab

    Yeah it’s different to how it’s done in US or UK, I edited it.

  • anime mage

    Didn’t one piece film z get like 3 days so it is not fair to the dragon ball z movie to get only two so they should give it one more day and I am pretty sure that it will blow one piece out of the park.

  • Fan

    This is bad. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods flopped hard. it couldn’t surpassed Z and Road to Ninja. IT’S OVER FOR DBZ AND AKIRA TORIYAMA.

  • Fan

    R.I.P. Dragon Ball Franchise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.ramirez.7587370 John Ramirez

    Your April Fooling right?

  • Fan


  • anime mage

    Actually it Road to Ninja was half as many yen as this was.

  • edo nagato

    It surpassed Road to Ninja.

  • narutobleachop

    Film Z came out on Saturday so it’s sales are 2 days too

  • anime mage

    Road to ninja actually got half as many views as this did.

  • narutobleachop

    how? It came out on Saturday, December 15.

  • SeRo

    but the film is only in japan on stream… if dragonball battle of gods. shown worldwide that should be surpase one piece and naruto

  • Fan

    It still shows that nobody cared about DBZ anymore, but the hardcore fanboys/girls. It’s all about the BIG 3 One Pices, Naruto, Bleach and other FairyTail, Fullmetal Alchemist etc. DBZ had it’s time.

  • scabab

    Which makes no sense seeing as this movie outgrossed any Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail etcs opening weekend by a truckload.

  • Trey Robinson

    this must be a joke

  • Jerry

    Doesn’t look like the sales are bad…why is everyone making statements like that it did very bad?

  • Words Of Lightning

    It sure does speak volumes of how incredible the Dragon Ball series is if it’s first movie in God knows how long was able turn in TWICE the amount of profit that the Road To Ninja movie gained and nearly half of what One Piece Film Z earned give how popular and mainstream both those series are in Japan

  • ZSlasherX547

    What??? This is Great! Dragon Ball Z did really good idk wtf you guys are talking about. One Piece is insanely huge in Japan so that’s why it did a lot better but that doesn’t mean Dragon Ball did bad at all! One piece and DBZ are 2 of my favorite animes so I aint mad lol.

  • Samuel

    Maybe its because of the New form. To be honest I don’t mind it but maybe a lot of fans were disappointed. I hope the movie makes more money, love to see more dragonball stuff in the future.

  • Atarada

    This is GREAT numbers. Outstanding actually.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ulises.garin Ulises Edgardo Garin Marquez

    Akira Toriyama will make the new saga of Dragon Ball Z when I already knew des k and want to see the new leaves

  • RedDragon10

    You guys have to remember that DBZ hasn’t aired since 1996. These numbers show just how popular DBZ is despite not being on for like almost 20 years. The younger views have only seen Kai. I think the sales are great.

  • *Super~Sayian*

    LOL big deal, release this in U.S and I bet you our first week sales will make that a joke.

  • NSOP

    Good to see that DBZ is still holding strong after almost 3 decades.

  • MontaNelas1996

    You can’t just say that, make One Piece disappear from the TV for 10 years and then make a movie. It’ll have half of the views that DBZ had. I don’t think that one is better than other, are different types of animes. Just be happy with your anime, and let the other people enjoy the anime they like.

  • André Vila Franca

    Agree! I can’t wait for the movie! I wish it was release all over the World at the same time, the sales would be astronomical!

  • Spendamoneyquick

    For a milked franchise that hasn’t seen light for almost 2 decades? Friggen awesome.. DB > everything else. Lets see OP and Naruto regurgitate these numbers once they’ve finally ended after 20 years.

  • Kami122

    Well they did released a JUMP special in 2009

  • http://twitter.com/SpideySwordz Tae Norman

    Holy Crap!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hiei.superdeadlyking Hiei Superdeadlyking


  • Dylan Mckay

    dude dbz series is returning once its back one piece will be in his schadows

  • SSJG

    flopped??? the show last aired in japan nearly 20 YEARS ago!! and its still SOO popular. just wait 1-2 years when its out on bluray in usa. sales will destroy all.

  • Kinnikumantaro

    I wish this movie shown in Turkiye :(

  • scabab

    What I don’t get is how 683 million is exactly half 1.37 billion yet One Piece is listed at making $16 million but DBZ isnt listed at making $8 million.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001759641597 Donald Barnett

    Up the arses of everyone else. Dbz is still the bawss of anime!

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyMvC John Everyman

    Numbers look great, people still love Dragonball and I can’t wait to see the movie!

  • pein436

    One Piece is Famous in Japan but Dragon Ball Z is famous Worldwide.

  • Naruto

    I was expecting 9000 but this works to.

  • narutobleachop

    half of 1.37 billion is 685 million. plus currency rates changed between now and december

  • sasuke uchiha

    i “see” what you did there naruto … these eyes see darkness clearly

  • sasuke uchiha

    im pretty sure they dont wanna make money , i mean why play it only in japan ? DBZ is huge outside of japan , especially middle east and north american , if they aired this movie in all theaters worldwide then they would make a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuger fortune

  • Vinicius OPN

    i want the movie in my country T-T

  • piccolo

    make new searies

  • Menma Uchiha

    In japan one piece is more popular than naruto and dbz, but in america dbz and naruto are more popular than one piece. I always figured if the japanese think its the best, being that they create anime and all, that we would feel the same way, but in america its not the case. I guessing one piece has something that appeals to the japanese audience more so than it appeals to us.

  • *Super~Sayian*

    Japan likes large support development in plot, something dbz and naruto shippuden lacks
    - dragon ball ( not z ) and naruto ( part 1 ) had good support development. therefore more sales

  • Jaye J

    We have a hater amongst us I see.

  • sonicino

    yeah but then naruto and one piece films would have to shown worldwide to make it fair

  • sonicino

    Damn naruto

  • Jaye J

    These are great numbers, but Idk if these companies know that if it were released all over, the numbers would be insurmountable. Great to see DBZ doing good after all this time. If they announced that this movie would be released in NA theaters, I would saddle up on the horse(though I’ve never rode one before besides at a petting zoo), with a bell in hand riding as far as I could, yelling out proudly “Battle Of Gods is coming” “Battle Of Gods is coming” lol wait I think I’ve heard about this before. Hmm?

  • http://twitter.com/Dabers Alex Ndabananiye

    care to share any valid proof

  • JamesMarrshal

    Well said.

  • JamesMarrshal


  • TechWith Power

    in peru everyone loved it .. and thats far away from japan amigop


    Thats crazy but its DBZ what did you expect

  • http://twitter.com/A5J4DX A5J4DX


  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.thomson.3150 Pat Thomson

    I doubt either of them will have a fanatical fan base almost 20 years after they finish.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.thomson.3150 Pat Thomson

    Dragonball Z’s international success is higher then its national, sadly for the others this is not true. last year game, dvd and merch sales showed that db is still the most popular outside of japan 18 years after it ended

  • Elsepa

    I’m from Uruguay and we all love DBZ here . It’s a part of our childhood.

  • NSOP

    One Piece definitely will considering the fact that they get plastered on everything from major clothing brands to modeling to advertisement. And DBZ is almost 30 years old and counting, OP is 16.

  • gogeta207

    its simply, DBZ is an animes maker by onther way its THE L-E-G-E-N-D IN ANIMEWORLD

  • Vongola-Boss-X

    Bleach was replaced by Toriko in the Big 3

  • kokul.ramanathan@gmail.com

    any body know how to watch it!?

  • Ayne

    One Piece wont end for another 20 years tho XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/keijuan.archer Keijuan Joseph Archer

    I really hope they do dub this film.

  • MasterKing JC

    He means legit numbers, not the word of a handful of random people.

  • shuart24

    Not really. Take it from someone who has experience with the theater business, anime movies are money losers outside of Japan. If the average audience is older than 6 years old, the movie doesn’t have a shot of recouping its expenses after licensing, distribution, and advertising costs.

    Even Miyazaki films with glowing reviews and the influence of Disney do poorly at the US box office.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lifegetsold Keven Pun

    ” The manga’s 42 volumes have sold over 156 million copies in Japan and more than 230 million copies worldwide, making it the second best-selling series in manga history” this was taken from wikipedia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/subhan.shahid.31 Subhan Shahid

    guys this is really bad this movie is more of a prologue for another series if they dont reach there incoome goal they mihgt just dumb the idea of a cannon series……….

  • http://www.facebook.com/harmonixer.shitsuji Nox Cura

    well that makes sense, Dragon Ball is a legend, One piece and naruto are the successors, it;s like giving chance to others, if Dragon Ball did’nt end on 1996 or 1997 I can’t imagine how may episodes and fans have multiplied. Thats why so many Fans even petition, GT is born because fans can’t accept that DBZ ended some fans accept it even though it’s not really canon to the original story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/harmonixer.shitsuji Nox Cura

    actually Dragon Ball is damn popular in japan and world .it’s the King of Shounen, It’s as popular today because it ended on 1996-1997. and one piece aired in 1999 i Think, and become the most popular anime/manga in Japan, of course after “DBZ “ended”. just like today One piece is the mainstream. But I dont think it will have an endless plot like in DBZ. 20 years not airing, but still raging

  • http://www.facebook.com/harmonixer.shitsuji Nox Cura

    akira toriyama’s DBZ’ most of the shounen.manga artist looked up to, like eiichiro oda (one piece) and Kishimoto (naruto) . It’s like Darthvader and Luke Skywalker, well Anakin is a legend for sure and a lot cooler

  • http://twitter.com/UNDISPUTED_NOC UNDISPUTED_BITW(¬‿¬)

    $7.3 million USD? That’s the best it could do?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rasanderobinandersson Rasande Røbïìíïn Andersson

    Remember the currency is different. It’s pretty good for an opening weekand.

  • http://twitter.com/Azikura Azikura

    Toriyama needs to send some of that cash my way..

  • SusieMeep

    No. No way. I AM a younger viewer. I have seen all of the original episodes, not the FUNimation edits, the GT, and the original Dragon Ball. I have also seen Kai, that’s what started me on it, but I took the time to watch the originals too.

  • SuperSaiyan_TheKidGoku


  • SuperSaiyan_TheKidGoku

    First of all without Goku and Dragon Ball One Piece wouldn’t have exist so thank Dragon Ball for creating it.

  • SuperSaiyan_TheKidGoku

    2 years they say

  • MasterKing JC

    “One Piece is currently ranked as the best-selling manga series. It enjoys a very high readership, with more than 280 million volumes of the series sold in Japan as of 2012.”

    And that doesn’t even include the volume sales worldwide.

  • pein436

    Even Oda and Masashi Kishimoto was inspired by Dragon Ball z Manga and dragon ball z manga sold 156 million copies in japan and 230 million world wide wiki it if you dont believe

  • sasuke uchiha

    dude its DBZ .. your argument is invalid

  • http://www.facebook.com/pablo208ak Alan Gerard Kavanagh

    What there referring is the fact that it is not currently airing , you most likely sought out all the episodes since you’re a big anime-head(like me)! They just mean the general public

  • Battler624

    as much as i want to believe that but one piece is ending in the next 5 years
    there are so few arcs left but each of them is 8 months long, the anime on the other hand will end in 8 years because they hardly take a chapter for an episode.

  • Battler624

    can i remind you that there are a LOT of one piece volumes? compared to dbz that is, its almost double “excluding the original DB”

  • Battler624

    first episode ever for dragonball


    and for one piece October 20, 1999

    so DBZ is almost 30 “3 years difference” and one piece is 14.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HW6DOWPSTXURCIWFALHRPDEJVI Tyler

    Take into fact it was ONLY released in Japan. And after 20 years of not airing or making a new episode, thats pretty damn good. Imagine a global release.

  • Jeremy Probst

    HELLL YEAH:D Dragon Ball Z hasen’t aired since 96′ and it’s still breaking box office records:) Dragon Ball fan for life:)

  • http://twitter.com/UNDISPUTED_NOC UNDISPUTED_BITW(¬‿¬)

    i don’t like the sound of it anyway

  • http://twitter.com/UNDISPUTED_NOC UNDISPUTED_BITW(¬‿¬)

    i don’t think so

  • http://www.facebook.com/jalen.frisby.7 Jalen Frisby

    no its not you idiot miyazaki movies did go in the US like spirted away,ponyo,kiki the
    and also non miyazaki movies like pokemon movies despite negavite reviews!

  • bills


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002587938834 Ruffy Ruffy

    dragon ball & one piece my fav ^^

    naruto dunno XD hihihi

  • http://www.facebook.com/bjshnog Superfluous Incognizant Mering

    Did ANYONE even see the posting date? Jeez.

  • ∞floww

    1886? DAYUMM

  • Goku SSJG

    This is awesome, like RedDragon10 said, this just show how much influence dragon ball z still has to date, since there hasn’t been dragon ball z movies/series for a long time. And now to that add all the new kid and the upcoming generations that will get into dragon ball now, and when they spread that movie worldwide, the sales will go up :D .

  • http://www.facebook.com/christian.jerkovic.9 Christian Jerkovic

    I didnt know that db was created b4 WW1

  • dbz fann

    i have watched the series multiple times and i hope the movie has a awesome sale so they will make another series ( a younger viewer) im so fortunate to be born in such an era

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.martin.56829 Jordan Martin

    really younger viewers have seen other than kai im 13 and ive seen all of dragonball,z,gt,kai and i love it just cant wait till the new movie comes out in english

  • http://www.facebook.com/rasanderobinandersson Rasande Røbïìíïn Andersson

    You “dont think”? Does not matter what you think when you see the numbers yourself. They are happy with this, why be that if it was a sucky start?

  • http://twitter.com/NWC_Nation Ω GUNTZ


  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.salobir Randy Salobir

    I have seen the original version first on TV and that was about… 6 years ago maybe. Although i have to grant that i live in germany and we get animes either not at all or years after they aired in America.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zhenchung Chia Zhen Chung

    When dragon ball z:battle of god release movie?

  • http://twitter.com/markieboi777 mark

    but there isnt no one peice in the UK dbz is still alive!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jermaine-Smit/100001125859847 Jermaine Smit

    Not fogetting that in japan the only time they have to see it is in the weekend. One piece was released in a time more people could watch it. So this number is really good for a weekend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jermaine-Smit/100001125859847 Jermaine Smit

    Well it does not matter what you think. It matters rather it is a good opening or not and it is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jermaine-Smit/100001125859847 Jermaine Smit

    Dragonball is more populair. But the time One piece was released made it possible for more people to watch it. Dont forget in Japan allot of people work hard and dont have mutch time. If Dragonball was released in the same time. I am sure it would have bin more viewed then One piece.

  • http://twitter.com/NWC_Nation Ω GUNTZ


  • http://twitter.com/NWC_Nation Ω GUNTZ

    Shut your mouth

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    Nobody knows, I wish i knew maybe it only comes in japan

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    It was before 96

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    To watch it in japanese you must go to japan, to watch it in english you must wait another 17 years.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    I wonder what akira toriyama thinks?

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    Dbz made more money than db.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    34 people agree with it and it has no dislike so thats all the proof it needs.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    I’m from California and here we like it so much that we wear dbz fan t-shirt to show that we love dbz.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    Era? it been almost 30 years not 100 years.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    I’m a younger viewer and i seen all episodes too.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    Did they have TV in 1886?

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    It already ‘Surpassed’ Road to ninja.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    People still cares about dbz.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    I think this was mr.toriyama plan, to make wait 27 years then cash in all the money now its gonna do it to america.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    Not “96″ But 10 years before that.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    You shut your mouth.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    Why your gonna find your self useless again.

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    What country are you from?

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    over 9000? Its over 1 million!!!

  • AngryDbzfan#100,000,000,000,00

    Which is 2.7 decades.

  • http://twitter.com/NWC_Nation Ω GUNTZ

    Someone is going to the bank with their c o c k in your mouth, white knight.


    haha i hope it never comes out in english so fake dbz fans like u will never get to view it

  • Negulus Averity

    There is no such things as fake fans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jermaine-Smit/100001125859847 Jermaine Smit

    Good reply ;) not… That is what you got xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jermaine-Smit/100001125859847 Jermaine Smit

    True :) And i liked GT. Maybe some did not and call it non cannon. But i liked it. (only goku as person changed in that what i did not like it got a bit arrogant…) But next to that i liked it. And Well i gope it comes back again (DBZ) because i do love it :)

  • Vinicius OPN


  • http://twitter.com/NWC_Nation Ω GUNTZ

    You big ol’ piece of crap… That is what you are. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jermaine-Smit/100001125859847 Jermaine Smit

    aaah ok. I bet you must now ;) Seeying how you know me in person ;)

  • http://twitter.com/NWC_Nation Ω GUNTZ

    Well, apart from this sullen wench murdering good etiquette

  • cosmo seaux

    It doesn’t matter. One Piece is Great in it’s own way and so is dbz but why compare them? ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jermaine-Smit/100001125859847 Jermaine Smit

    Hahah you are a good joker. Nothing you say makes sence and you are pretty stupid to be fair. But to get back on what you said before. WHo cares what you think about this. It is not like you mater as person…..

  • http://twitter.com/NWC_Nation Ω GUNTZ

    Do you get all extra-bitchy if your boyfriend calls you on it?

  • Makayla Rockette

    i want to the knew DBZ movie in english

  • Donovan J

    So we can expect a sequel ?

  • ethan hunt

    just watched it guys its cool i think this will have a sequel since lord bill had revealed that he was the 7th universe god of destruction and i think he said there are 14 known universe