Source: Anime News Network
The Hollywood Reporter newspaper reports that the live-action Dragonball: Evolution film opened as the #1 movie in five of the eight Asian markets in which it opened this past weekend. James Wong and 20th Century Fox's adaptation of Akira Toriyama's fighting manga made US$10.106 million on 2,118 screens to rank as the #4 film outside North America for the weekend. (According to Box Office Mojo, two of the three higher grossing films, Marley and Me and Gran Torino, opened in 34 and 27 markets, respectively.)
It was the top-grossing film in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. According to the Screen International magazine's website, the US$3.4 million box office take in 855 theaters in China was Fox's fourth highest opening weekend in that market. It also delivered Fox's third highest opening weekend in Malaysia with US$731,441 on 110 screens.
People go see it because it say Dragonball! But what did they think of it.
Here is one review absolutely butchering it. and I hope to hear some more views.
EDIT: Here's a review from @jefflyndon