Super Hero and 9 Other Best Anime Movie Opening Weekends

While Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero after a successful opening weekend, enjoyed a long time at the box office, One piece: red is the newest Shonen Jump anime to enjoy its impact on the Japanese box office. The movie made about over $16 million in its first weekend and just kept sailing past like Jujutsu Kaisen 0 which will hopefully be the same in the US.


But over the years, there have been plenty of movies from the anime industry that have managed to make big box office profits during their opening weekend, according to the numbers on Box Office Mojo. Be it major pop culture series or produced by acclaimed studios, these anime titles started off strong for fans to enjoy on the big screen again and again.

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10/10 Digimon: The Movie – $4,233,304

Following the popularity of the Digimon series in the 1990s, it was only a matter of time before the iconic digital creatures got a cinematic outing. After a new Digimon tries to consume everything online, it’s up to the rest of the Digimon to unite and save the day.

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While children debated whether they prefer it pokemon or Digimon on the playgrounds, its impact at the box office on opening weekend was undeniable. Distributed by 20th Century Fox and in partnership with popular fast food restaurants for promotional toys, they struck a chord with young children during the height of recognition.

9/10 My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission – $6,225,779My Hero Academia World Hero Mission

Released last year, the third film in the popular adaptation of the Shonen Jump Manga series saw the young heroes make an effort to stop Humarise, a cult that believe Quirks will eventually destroy humanity. After planting bombs all over the world, they must try to disarm them while thwarting Humarise’s plan.

As the series grew in popularity, it wasn’t shocking to see it surpass previous theatrical releases on its opening weekend. With a brand new villain to question the world of super-powered individuals, the premise and promising footage in the trailer was enough to intrigue a lot of fans and see what fresh ideas it can introduce into the franchise that would make the best possible episodes from My Hero Academia.

8/10 The Secret World of Arrietty – $6,446,395arrietty

Throughout Studio Ghibli’s portfolio, they’ve delved into Western literature and put their own fresh spin on the big screen. Among them was The Secret World of Arriettybased on the British book the borrowerswhich told the story of a group of miniature people living within the walls of a family home.

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Despite Hayao Miyazaki stepping down from the director’s chair for this film, the film went on to become one of the best opening weekends for them at the US box office. With Disney’s distribution and an acclaimed anime studio that produced it, it was no surprise to see how it would become a hit with their fans.

7/10 Pokémon The Movie 2000 – $19,575,608Ash and Pikachu ride on Lugia in the Pokémon movie

While still one of the biggest JRPG franchises of all time, its popularity during its infancy in the 1990s and early 2000s led to several theatrical releases. Among them was Pokemon The Movie 2000in which Ash tried to prevent Lugia from being captured by a ruthless collector in one of the best films in the series.

With the release of Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver on the Game Boy Color introduces a new generation of monsters to collect, the success of the purchased games among excited fans who enjoyed their travels through the Johto region. In addition, the popularity of the trading cards also helped as early ticket holders received the Legendary Mew trading card, increasing attendance.

6/10 Dragon Ball Super: Broly – $9,816,197Dragon Ball Super Broly Battle

Following the end of the Tournament of Power arc in Dragon Ball Super, the film finally introduced fan-favorite Broly as an official character. Frieza makes him a more sympathetic but powerfully unstable Saiyan and uses him to finally get revenge on Goku and Vegeta as he searches for the Dragon Balls on Earth.

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Passionate viewers could finally see how Broly, as well as Gogeta, a fusion of Goku and Vegeta, would fit into the growing world of anime that quickly rose to the global box office. Moreover, it continued after the cancellation of the series and many wanted to know what the outcome was for the heroes after that who could only see them in the cinema.

5/10 Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light – $9,485,494Yu-Gi-Oh Yugi

After being imprisoned for many years, Anubis is freed from his shackles and attempts to destroy the world. But Yu-Gi-Oh protagonists Yugi and the ghost of Atem will put their cards to the test and see who can emerge victorious in their age-long rivalry.

Trading cards became popular because of this series and with their promotion for moviegoers to receive one of the four exclusive cards, many fans and collectors were enticed to see it. Since it was released during the show’s peak in popularity, fans were eager to see it while the following season was being produced.

4/10 Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie – $18,009,921

Released earlier this year, the prequel to the Jujutsu Kaisen anime focuses on Yuta Okkotsu as a young man trying to control the cursed mind of his childhood friend. Produced by Mappa, they were able to tell a new story in the series while showing off their experience animating brilliantly choreographed combat and horror visuals.

The movie contains many highlights, but it was how the story balanced out well for fans and newcomers alike as a prequel that set it apart from other action-packed anime releases that anyone could dive into. And with positive reviews it started on a strong and intrigued many to see what it had to offer.

3/10 Pokémon: The First Movie – $31,036,678Mewtwo from the Pokemon movie Mewtwo Strikes Back

After the smashing releases of Pokémon Blue and Pokemon Red on the Game Boy, everyone could not escape the rapid rise in popularity of the much-loved video game series that spawned trading cards, toys, a hit television series, and eventually the first of many movies. Packed with never-before-seen Pokemon, Ash must join Mew and other trainers against the mighty Mewtwo to save the world.

Those who bought early tickets were rewarded with one of four exclusive trading cards that helped entice people. But even without this special offer, the success of pokemon and the excitement of the first movie was just too great to ignore.

2/10 Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero – $21,124,049

Released this summer, the latest entry in the Dragon Ball Super series saw the resurgence of the Red Ribbon Army as they attempted to take over the Earth with two new powerful androids. With Goku and Vegeta gone in Beerus’ homeworld, it’s up to Piccolo and Gohan to save the day.

The series may not return anytime soon, but the film helped fill this void that many eagerly awaited to see where everyone was. And because it was the first computer-animated movie in the series, many wanted to see what it would look like, while also being happy to see the iconic anime characters back in action.

1/10 Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train – $21,234,994

Set after the events of the first season, the story sees Tanjiro and co boarding a train with Kyojuro, a powerful demon slayer. But once they take off, the demon they seek turns their dream journey across the land into a nightmare.

Its box office success in Japan not only encouraged many to watch the film and see what it was all about, but it was also an introduction for those who may have missed the first season. Even critics who don’t normally review anime titles were smitten, helping to bolster the growing box office numbers in the US from its impressive weekend debut.

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