FLOWER MOUND, Texas, Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- FUNimation® Entertainment announced a record breaking opening night for the theatrical release of "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'." The anime film, which opened last night in 894 theaters across the U.S., brought in a stunning $1.97 Million box office for FUNimation Films on opening day of the limited theatrical event. The movie's per screen average of more than $2,198 landed it in 1st place yesterday in Average Per Screen among the Top 10 movies showing in the U.S. and 6th place in overall box office gross against all major studio releases. "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'" is now the 8th highest anime opening of all time and the first limited event-style theatrical release to crack the Top 10.
"We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive fan response to the movie. We knew the opening would be very good but its performance has exceeded everyone's expectations," said Michael DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation. "From our theatrical marketing campaign and fan engagement events to our expanded theatrical footprint and the specially produced 15-minute pre-show, FUNimation made a strategic decision to make Dragon Ball Z accessible to anime fans both old and new and it has paid off."
Theater sell outs were reported in major metropolitan areas including New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'" opens in Canada on Thursday, August 6, and will screen in more than 1,000 theaters total during its limited theatrical engagement from August 4 – 12, 2015.
"This film is a resounding victory on all levels," said David Wengrod, VP of Theatrical Distribution for FUNimation. "The combination of our careful choice of release dates, an enticing marketing campaign that theaters embraced and fans universally accepted, and all of the great reviews added up to a terrific opening for us."
"Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'" is the 19th film in the Dragon Ball franchise and is the follow-up to last year's "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods." The film is a limited event-style theatrical release which includes a specially-produced 15-minute, Dragon Ball Z themed pre-show to create a unique experience for fans that can only be found in theaters.
Tickets to "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'" are available for advance purchase at www.dragonballz.com.
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