THE FIRST SLAM DUNK, the big screen CG anime take on Takehiko Inoue’s classic Slam Dunk manga, has had a mighty run since it opened in Japan on December 3. Now its latest milestone has it crossing the 10 billion yen mark at the Japanese box office. What’s even more amazing is that, following the same accomplishment by One Piece Film Red last year, this is just the second film produced and distributed by Toei to ever hit this milestone.
This comes after THE FIRST SLAM DUNK has been in theaters for 67 days, and the current tally has it sitting at 10.02 billion yen, which adds up to about US$75.19 million. The movie now ties Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 42nd place of the all-time film box office charts in Japan.
The First Slam Dunk is written and directed by Slam Dunk creator Takehiko Inoue. It also features Yasuyuki Ebara of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress as the character designer/animation director.
Katsuhiko Kitada, who worked on episodes of Attack on Titan; Naoki Miyahara, who worked on Digimon Adventure; Toshio Ōhashi, who worked on LayereD Stories 0; and Yū Kamatani, who worked on Precure Super Stars!, are all technical directors.
VIZ Media, which publishes the original manga in English, describes Slam Dunk like this:
Winning isn’t everything in the game of basketball, but who wants to come in second? It takes dedication and discipline to be the best, and the Shohoku High hoops team wants to be just that. They have one last year to make their captain’s dream of reaching the finals come true—will they do it?
Via Crunchyroll News