After opening in North American theaters this past week, Dragon Ball Super: Broly has gone on to become one of the highest earning anime theatrical releases in U.S. history.
The film currently has earned $21.07 million at the domestic box office, propelling it to the third spot for lifetime box office earnings for an anime film in the United States, above all of Hayao Miyazaki's films. The second and first spot are still retained to Pokemon, with Pokemon: The Movie 2000's domestic total of $44 million and 1999's Pokemon: The First Movie earning $85.7 million, respectively. Overseas, Dragon Ball Super: Broly had already earned $54.3 million before its North American opening.
Taking place after the events of the main anime series, Dragon Ball Super, Broly has the titular legendary Super Saiyan make his first canonical debut. Confronting Goku and Vegeta, the powerful exiled warrior draws upon seemingly endless reservoirs of strength forcing Goku and Vegeta to desperately work together to bring him down.
The anime film's surprisingly impressive weekend performance puts it above Hollywood contemporaries for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend domestic totals including Aquaman, which earned just over $10 this weekend, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which earned just over $7 million.
Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, Dragon Ball Super: Broly is out in theaters now.