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THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Anime Film Jumps to 72nd Place on All-Time Japan Box Office Charts


THE FIRST SLAM DUNK continues its reign at the top of the box office with the anime film continuing in first place on the newly tracked three-day weekend charts. Not only is the film staying in the top spot on the weekend charts it’s also climbing the highest-grossing charts, now standing as the 72nd highest-grossing film released in Japan of all time.


As of January 15, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK has made 8.28 billion yen (US$61.89 million) on the back of 5.67 million tickets sold. The Toei Animation-produced film sits 100 million yen behind Stand by Me Doraemon, which is currently the 73rd highest-grossing film in Japan.


Over in South Korea, Slam Dunk has made US$7,815,976 on the back of 934,957 tickets sold in the past two weekends, nearly reaching its expected goal of 1 million tickets over its run. The film has made US$2.32 million in Taiwan and US$1.28 million in Hong Kong, where the film opened over the past week, for a total of US$73.31 million around the world.



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The original Slam Dunk TV anime aired from 1993 to 1996, with four anime films being spun off from the original anime. You can catch an on-demand replay of the TV anime right here on Crunchyroll, which describes the series as such:


Hanamichi Sakuragi, an entering freshman at Shohoku High, holds a record for being rejected by 50 girls during middle school. Ever since the last girl turned him down for a guy on the basketball team, Sakuragi’s been traumatized by the sport.


THE FIRST SLAM DUNK opened in Japan on December 3 in regular and IMAX theaters and expanded to Dolby Cinema screens on December 10.


Sources: Kogyo TsushinKoBIZ


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Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.