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Japan Box Office: THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Continues to Rule The Game for Six Straight Weekends



The reign of the basketball anime from the 1990s could seem to go on forever. In its sixth weekend of Friday through Sunday, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK earned a still-impressive 481 million yen (3.63 million USD) on 319,000 admissions, staying on the No.1 spot for six straight weekends.


The film’s cumulative total domestic gross in 38 days since its release on December 3, 2022, has reached 7.685 billion yen (58 million USD) on 5.27 million admissions, making it the 34th top-grossing Japanese film of all-time, surpassing the 24th Detective Conan anime film in 2021, Detective Conan The Scarlet Bullet (7.65 billion yen).


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Coming in second was, once again, Makoto Shinkai’s latest feature Suzume. Because of Slum Dunk‘s strong performance, the film has stayed on the second place for six weekends, after dominating the box office for three weekends. Suzume earned 375 million yen (2.83 million USD) on 281,000 admissions in its three-day eighth weekend, bringing its total to 12.1 billion yen (91.37 million USD) on 9.13 million admissions. Now it has become the 11th top-grossing Japanese film of all-time, breaking the total domestic box office record of Hayao Miyazaki’s  2013 film, The Wind Rises (12.02 billion yen).


Crunchyroll teams up with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch International to bring the feature to global audiences outside of Asia starting April 12, 2023


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Meitantei Conan: Haibara Ai Monogatari ~Kurogane no Mystery Train~ (Detective Conan: Ai Haibara Story ~Black Iron Mystery Train~), a new compilation film focuses on the past of Ai Haibara, was released in 180 theaters in Japan on January 6, 2023, then earned 192 million yen (1.46 million USD) on 136,000 admissions, making its fourth place debut. The film was produced as a prologue to the forthcoming 26th feature film Detective Conan: Kurogane no Submarine to be released on April 14. The film also ranked third on Filmarks’ first day satisfaction ranking with an average rating of 3.74/5.0 based on 473 reviews.



The anime film adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura’s fantasy novel Kagami no Kojou (English edition title: Lonely Castle in the Mirror) ranked seventh in its third weekend, one position down from last weekend.





Weekend box office Top 10 in Japan (January 6-8, 2023)

 (ticket sales basis)


 1 (1). “THE FIRST SLAM DUNK” – 7.68 billion yen

 2 (1). “Suzume” – 12.1 billion yen

 3 (3). “Avatar: The Way of Water” – 3.1 billion yen

 4 (new): “Detective Conan: Ai Haibara Story ~Black Iron Mystery Train~” – 246 million yen

 5 (4). “Dr. Koto Shinryojo” – 1.52 billion yen

 6 (5). “Lager yori Ai wo Komete” – 1.49 billion yen

 7 (6). “Lonely Castle in the Mirror”

 8 (new). “Emergency Declaration”

 9 (new). “Uso Happyaku Naniwa Yume no Jin”

 10 (8). “Black Night Parade” – 490 million yen



“Detective Conan: Ai Haibara Story ~Black Iron Mystery Train~” trailer:



Sources: Kogyo Tsushin, Pixiin, Filmarks


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