‘Dragon Ball Super’ beats ‘Beast’ at box office with $20.1 million


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Idris Elba may take on a lion in ‘Beast,’ but the action flick fell short of the latest ‘Dragon Ball’ film at the North American box office this weekend.

“Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” topped the charts in its first weekend in theaters, with studio estimates of $20.1 million in ticket sales on Sunday. « Beast, » meanwhile, settled for a second-place finish with $11.6 million.

Crunchyroll released “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” to 3,900 screens in North America, marking the widest opening ever for an anime. Toei Animation’s production was led by Tetsuro Kodama, who had support from « Dragon Ball » creator Akira Toriyama. The Dragon Ball universe is almost 40 years old and includes manga, TV shows, movies, games, and toys.

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« We are absolutely thrilled that Dragon Ball fans can come together to experience and enjoy this incredible film in theaters, » Mitchel Berger, senior vice president of global commerce for distributor Crunchyroll, said in a statement. « Crunchyroll thanks all fans, whether or not you’re a ‘super’ fan or a newcomer, and we hope you’ll come back again and again. »

« Beast, » meanwhile, opened on 3,743 screens in North America. The film, directed by Baltasar Kormakur (“Everest”) stars Elba as the widowed father of two teenage girls, played by Iyana Halley and Leah Jeffries, who find themselves on the run from a bloodthirsty lion while traveling in South Africa.

Elba also has another film opening next weekend – George Miller’s fantasy epic « Three Thousand Years of Longing. »

Sony’s « Bullet Train, » meanwhile, landed in third place after two weekends at No. 1 with an estimated $8 million, bringing its domestic total to $68.9 million. Paramount’s « Top Gun: Maverick » placed fourth in its 13th weekend in theaters with an additional $5.9 million. « Top Gun » has grossed over $683 million in North America to date, which was enough to overtake « Avengers: Infinity War » as the sixth highest-grossing domestic release of all time. « DC League of Super-Pets » completes the top five.



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