Most Popular Anime Movies of 2022 So Far: Dragon Ball Super Grosses Over 1.9 Billion Yen

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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has grossed over 1.9 Billion Yen after its fourth weekend at the Domestic Box Office and is now the Fourth Highest-Grossing Anime Movie of the year. See full list.

Most Popular Anime Movies of 2022: Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the twenty-first film in the Dragon Ball franchise, has now surpassed The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie at the domestic box office and become the fourth highest-grossing anime film of 2022 (twelfth overall). After four weeks at the box office, the film has made over 1.9 Billion Yen ($14 Million) in Japan.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is the fourth Dragon Ball film produced with Toriyama’s direct involvement and the second under the Dragon Ball Super series. The film is also the first to be produced primarily using 3D animation and follows Gohan and his mentor Piccolo as they go on a mission to save the world from the newly-reformed Red Ribbon Army.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will get a global release in August 2022.

The film will get its global release starting on August 18, where it will make its way across Oceania and South America. The movie would then make its way to North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and some territories in Africa like Zambia and South Africa the very next day. The movie will be released in India and Indonesia the following week.

The release dates go on till September 29 with various territories in Asia. 

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Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween is currently the highest-grossing film in Japan this year, making over 9.1 Billion Yen ($67 Million) at the Japanese Box Office since its release in April.

The film is directed by Susumu Mitsunaka (Haikyuu!!) and is the twenty-fifth instalment of the Case Closed film series.

It’s not really a surprise seeing Conan at the top spot, considering how much of a mainstream and household popularity this anime series has, with the anime garnering millions of viewers every week on television, even after being on air for more than two decades. The previous movie in the franchise, Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet, made over 7.6 Billion Yen at the domestic box office and was the third biggest blockbuster of 2021 in Japan.

Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021 is the Second Highest-Grossing Anime Movie of 2022.

Most Popular Anime Movies of 2022: Doraemon

The latest Doraemon movie, Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021, is currently the Second-Highest Grossing Anime Movie of the year and is the only other anime movie in the Top 10 for overall box office gross this year so far.

Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021 is the 41st theatrical entry in the beloved Doraemon franchise and was released in the Japanese theatres back in March. During its run at the Domestic Box Office, the film accumulated over 2.64 billion Yen ($19.4 Million) and sold a total of over 2.2 million tickets.

Meanwhile, the latest Shin-chan movie, Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden, was released the week after Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween and is the 11th Highest-Grossing Film in Japan for the year. The 30th entry in the wildly popular Shin-chan series has made over 2 Billion Yen ($14.7 Million) so far at the domestic box office and is also the third highest-grossing anime film of 2022 so far. 

Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden is directed by Masakazu Hashimoto (Appare-Ranman, Fullmetal Alchemist) and features Shinnosuke (Shin-chan), who finds himself in a ninja family, as he attempts to unravel the mystery of his birth and protect the future of the earth and the “tomorrow” of his family.

The Quintessential Quintuplets also ended its run with a climax feature film that was released in late May in Japan. The series has been the biggest romantic comedy in recent memory, with the manga completely dominating the genre till 2021, after the premiere of the anime in 2019. The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie is just slightly behind Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero and made over 1.89 Billion Yen ($13.9 Million) during its run at the Domestic Box Office.

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The second volume of Free! The Final Stroke is another notable anime film that was released this year. The film has made over 910 Million Yen ($6.7 Million) at the Japanese Box Office.

The second volume, which serves as the finale of Kyoto Animation’s beloved sports series, has massively outperformed its predecessor, which only made 540 million yen at the Japanese Box Office during its run.

Meanwhile, the Yuru Camp: Movie, which was released last week in Japan, is also off to a good start as it has made over 350 Million Yen ($2.6 Million) in its first weekend at the domestic box office.

You can see the full list below.

Top 5 Highest-Grossing Anime Movies of 2022 in Japan So Far:

  1. Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween; ¥9,100,000,000
  2. Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021; ¥2,640,000,000
  3. Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden; ¥2,000,000,000
  4. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero; ¥1,900,000,000
  5. The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie; ¥1,890,000,000.

Top 10 Highest-Grossing Movies of 2022 in Japan So Far:

  1. Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween; ¥9,100,000,000
  2. Top Gun: Maverick; ¥7,630,000,000
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore; ¥4,560,000,000
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home; ¥4,170,000,000
  5. Shin Ultraman; ¥4,160,000,000
  6. Sing 2; ¥3,290,000,000
  7. The Last 10 Years; ¥2,950,000,000
  8. The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero; ¥2,850,000,000
  9. Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021; ¥2,640,000,000
  10. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; ¥2,130,000,000.

Source: Pixiin.

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