In one weekend, the film overtook the entire box office takings of Two Heroes
There’s no stopping the might of My Hero Academia in North America. February 26 saw the limited release of the newest My Hero Academia anime film, Heroes: Rising, in cinemas in North America, and not only did it go beyond the predictions, but it also overtook the full earnings of the previous film in the franchise, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, before the first weekend of release.
My Hero Academia Heroes: Rising opened on a Wednesday in North America to a sizable US$2.6 million in 1,275 theaters, making 2.7x the amount that Two Heroes did on its first day on September 25, 2018, at US$947,636. After five days in the region, Heroes: Rising has blown past all expectations and brought in a total of US$9,170,063, overtaking both Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F's complete box office takings and Weathering with You, to become the 10th highest-grossing anime film in North America. Heroes: Rising only needs to make another US$500,000 to become 9th on the list and overtake 2000’s Digimon: The Movie.
For Funimation, Box Office Pro noted that My Hero Academia Heroes: Rising has become the second-highest-grossing anime film for the company, behind 2019’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly. You can read our review of My Hero Academia Heroes: Rising from the Japanese theatrical run, where it made US$15,104,115.
In other anime film box office news, Weathering with You, is still holding on in the North American box office, still playing in 15 theaters as of Sunday, March 1. The Makoto Shinkai directed anime film has so far made a total of US$7,778,682 as of its 42nd day in North American cinemas. Though it seems like the anime film is on its last legs in the region.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.