The latest Dragon Ball animated movie, Dragon Ball: Super Broly, in select theaters for only one night, has already earned $54 million at the box office ahead of its United States premiere.
According to Deadline, Funimation has the Dragon Ball Super: Broly premiering at 1,260 theaters and 180 PLF theaters in the U.S. and Canada. The twentieth film in the Dragon Ball series and the first to carry the Dragon Ball Super brand has already accumulated $54.3 million from 17 offshore regions.
The film will follow the events of the Universe Survival Saga depicted in Dragon Ball Super, which described the events in the Tournament of Power where powerful Dragon Ball characters battled for the fate of their world along with other worlds in the multiverse. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, protagonists Goku and Vegeta will encounter a new Saiyan called Broly. Broly has appeared in Dragon Ball Z: Broly- The Legendary Super Saiyan, Dragon Ball Z: Broly- Second Coming and Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly. While his appearance in these films is considered non-canonical, Dragon Ball Super: Broly will feature a reworked version of the character that will be part of the series' official continuity.
The film will also tell the history of the Saiyan race and how all three characters' origins intertwine with that turbulent history, which will culminate in a massive battle between them in the present day.
Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, Dragon Ball Super: Broly hits theaters on Jan. 16.