Beast looks to be no match for Dragon Ball Super. The Crunchyroll sequel, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, managed to pull in $4 million from Thursday night previews. That is well ahead of Universal’s Beast starring Idris Elba. That film took in $925K from 2,900 theaters.
While it remains to be seen how both films perform over the weekend, Super Hero looks like it’ll take the lead with a projected $15 million start. The film has a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an impressive 90% and should easily overpower most of its competition this weekend. As for Beast, one of the few new releases this weekend, the film is looking at a 72% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. More importantly, though, it is expected to open in the single-digit range despite a wide opening of at least 3,700 theaters. Working in Super Hero‘s favor is that it is currently playing in Imax, 4DX, Dolby and D-box. The film also has a limited 90-day theatrical window.
Super Hero‘s preview numbers are all the more impressive when compared to Crunchyroll’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0, which saw $2.88 million from Thursday previews before opening with $14.8 million. It is also above Demon Slayer‘s preview earnings – $3.8 million. That title would go on to open to $21.2 million.
The only real competition Super Hero could face would be Bullet Train and Top Gun: Maverick, with the latter continuing to stay within the top five two months after release.