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THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Anime Film Hits 85th Place in Japan’s All-Time Box Office

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Beyond the heavy hitters like Suzume and One Piece Film Red, the new CG anime film based on Takehiko Inoue’s classic manga Slam Dunk has been making waves of its own in Japan. The latest update has THE FIRST SLAM DUNK entering the list of all-time highest-grossing films at #85. 

THE FIRST SLAM DUNK currently boasts ¥7,685,397,970, with 5.2 million tickets sold since its opening on December 3 in both regular cinemas and IMAX, followed by a December 10 expansion to Dolby Cinema screens. The film also just opened in South Korea over the weekend to the tune of US$3,844,797 and 463,351 tickets sold. 

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