The Impact of Dragon Ball Super: Broly’s Massive Box Office Success

Dragon Ball Super: Broly was a huge success at the Box Office, but what sort of impact will this leave on the franchise? In the past, the Dragon Ball movies have held a controversial place in the grand scheme of things. Beginning with 1986’s Curse of the Blood Rubies, a series of 16 movies were released alongside the anime’s run. These movies are mostly considered non-canon, with each film telling a story far from the main narrative and featuring villains that only appeared in the movies.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Akira Toriyama, the creator of the franchise, had little involvement in these films which further contributed to the mixed reactions from fans and critics. Some releases were still able to find acclaim and worldwide distribution but for the most part, these movies were considered side stories to the anime and manga.

However, Dragon Ball’s approach to the feature-length adventures changed with the arrival of 2013’s Battle of Gods. Returning after a long period of inactivity, the film was entirely canon, with Toriyama heavily involved in the plot and the character designs. Dragon Balls were eagerly waiting for new content resulting in the massive success of the film. The response was very positive, ultimately leading to a new anime series alongside an official Manga. Since then, the Dragon Ball franchise has continued to gain worldwide popularity through Dragon Ball Super and its latest release Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

The problem with the initial Dragon Ball films was that they were limited to the Japanese theaters only. Western fans were forced to wait for the Home Media release or in rare cases a dubbed TV airing. Also, the series wasn’t that successful in the past compared to the present, where a new generation has been raised up on anime.

By the time Battle of Gods rolled in, the Dragon Ball franchise was already a multi-millionaire franchise with fans all over the world. Its rise in popularity was mostly due to improved worldwide distribution. The success of each film resulted in a sizeable theatrical release in non-Japanese territories, with Dragon Ball Super: Broly being the most wildly available yet. Just take a look at these figures below.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

The film’s total Gross earning doubled compared to its predecessors. This can be partly attributed to the improved worldwide distribution, with fans flocking in from South America, U.K, and even India. These figures also prove the enduring popularity of the fan-favorite character – Broly. His nostalgic presence highlights the longevity of the franchise as a whole. In conclusion, the success of Dragon Ball Super: Broly has revealed the true potential of the Dragon Ball franchise. Where most anime movies are limited to distribution in the west due to the niche genre, DBS: Broly has proven that assumption wrong. Future films and content will definitely improve the financial figures and the series will continue to endure as it has for decades.

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