ANIME NEWS: Latest 'Dragon Ball Z' film nabs 2 million viewers in 23 days

April 27, 2013

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

"Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods" has continued to ride high in its fourth weekend at the Japanese box office.

The latest film adaptation of the globally popular manga series has attracted about 2.03 million moviegoers and garnered ticket sales of 2.5 billion yen ($25 million) within 23 days.

The movie took the top spot in the first weekend after it was released on March 30 on 312 cinemas across Japan, including 16 IMAX digital theaters.

It stayed in the top spot for three straight weekends, attracting more than 1.82 million audience members and raking in about 2.2 billion yen within 16 days.

The new "Dragon Ball Z" film has become the fastest-grossing film released in 2013 in Japan. The box office figures are expected to swell during the holiday-studded Golden Week spanning from late April to early May.

"Dragon Ball" manga author Akira Toriyama played an active role in the production of "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods." In addition to serving as character designer, he provided original story ideas for the screenplay.

"Akira Toriyama: The World of Dragon Ball," an exhibition presenting the history and appeal of the manga and anime series hosted by The Asahi Shimbun Co., attracted more than 72,000 visitors within 19 days after it opened on March 27 in the Takashimaya department store's Nihonbashi outlet in Tokyo.

The exhibition at the Tokyo and Osaka venues has ended, and will open next at the Matsuzakaya department store in Nagoya on July 27.

Visit the film's official website at (http://www.dragonball2013.com/).

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To see the original story in Japanese, go to the official site of "Anime Anime" (http://animeanime.jp/).

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
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A scene from "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods" ((c) Bird Studio, Shueisha Inc.)

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