By Eric Tran
After twenty-four years fans were excited to see one of their favorite characters back on the big screen.
According to Box Office Mojo, its domestic box office take made over $30 million and over $71 million foreign, surpassing $100 million total worldwide. Becoming the third highest grossing anime movie in the U.S.
Not only is the film doing well financially, but it has also been reviewing well. It is currently at an 82 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the twentieth Dragon Ball movie in the franchise and is now the highest grossing installment of the series, surpassing the previously successful Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (box office numbers for that film were over $61 million). The movie premiered in Japan on December 14, 2018, later releasing on January 16, 2019 in the U.S and is ending its theatrical release.
The character Broly made his first appearance in the long running Dragon Ball franchise back in 1993 and has now starred in a total of four movies. However, Broly has never made an appearance in the manga or anime. Fans were very excited when it was announced that this movie would officially introduce Broly into the Dragon Ball universe.
The origin story of Broly is similar to his original non canon story, but it has been rewritten by Akira Toriyama, the creator of the Dragon Ball series. The movie takes place after the end of the Universe Survival Saga, the latest arc of the Dragon Ball Super anime.
Although the movie marks the end of the Dragon Ball Super anime series, the manga is still continuing. Toei Animation, the studio behind the anime, has yet to announce if they will continue to produce more episodes. But with the huge success of the new movie, it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t continue the show.
It’ll be quite some time before the new anime releases but until then, fans can watch Dragon Ball Super: Broly again when the movie comes to DVD, Blu Ray, and digital some time in April 2019.