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THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Anime Film Passes 12.2 Billion Yen at JP Box Office



We’re only halfway through the week and we’ve already gotten an update on the box office numbers for THE FIRST SLAM DUNK anime film, revealing that it has not only passed 12.2 billion yen at the Japanese box office but also eight million tickets sold!


As of March 21, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK has made 12.25 billion yen (US$92.16 million) on the back of 8.44 million tickets sold. The Toei Animation-produced film continues to be the 27th highest-grossing film of all time and the 11th highest-grossing anime film of all time in Japan and is still climbing the all-time charts with no end in sight.


Currently, the film is being shown in Japan with special 500 yen tickets for elementary and junior high school students in celebration of the spring holidays, which is the marker for the end of the Japanese school year.



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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.


Source: Mantan Web


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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.