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THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Anime Film Passes 14 Billion Yen, Shows No Signs of Slowing Down



Now in its sixth month of screenings in Japan, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK is not even breaking a sweat, sitting very comfortably in the top 10 again this weekend for the 25th weekend in a row. And with this previous weekend, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK passed 14 billion yen at the Japanese box office, the 16th film to ever do so.


As of May 14, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK has brought in 14.10 billion yen (US$107.11 million) in Japan alone and US$268 million from around the world, sitting very comfortably at 5th place on the worldwide anime charts behind Suzume – and this is from Asia alone, Western countries won’t see the film until this summer!



RELATED: THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Gets North American Theatrical Release Later this Summer


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.


THE FIRST SLAM DUNK opened in Japan on December 3, 2022, in regular and IMAX theaters and expanded to Dolby Cinema screens on December 10. The film will be headed to the UK, Ireland and Malta from Anime Limited and Toei Animation Europe this Summer with GKIDS releasing it in North America at the same time and describing the film like so:


Shohoku’s “speedster” and point guard, Ryota Miyagi, always plays with brains and lightning speed, running circles around his opponents while feigning composure. Born and raised in Okinawa, Ryota had a brother who was three years older. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, who was a famous local player from a young age, Ryota also became addicted to basketball.


Source: Kogyo Tsushin


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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.