Incredible! Anime Film The First Slam Dunk Tops the Box Office in Opening Weekend

The anime film The First Slam Dunk is finally showing in theaters since December 3, 2022. Not only that, the One Piece Film Red and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Scarlet Bond made it into the top 5.

The following is a list of films showing at the Japanese box office:

  • The First Slam Dunk

The new anime film of Takehiko Inoue’s basketball manga Slam Dunk took #1 in its opening weekend. It is known that the film has sold 847,000 tickets and earned 1,295,808,780 yen (approximately 9.50 million USD) over the weekend.

The First Slam Dunk opens in Japan on Saturday, December 3, 2022. The film will be screened in IMAX in 40 theaters across Japan, and Dolby Atmos screenings in 34 theaters. In addition, the film will also be screened in Dolby Cinema starting December 10.

Inoue personally directed the film at Toei Animation and wrote the script. Among the staff members listed are character designer/animation director Yasuyuki Ebara and technical directors Katsuhiko Kitada, Naoki Miyahara, Toshio Ōhashi, and Yū Kamatani. Daiki Nakazawa is directing CG, and Yūta Ogura is producing CG. Kazuo Ogura directs the art. Yota Tsuruoka is directing the sound with Koji Kasamatsu.

  • Suzume no Tojimari

Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume film dropped from #1 to #2 in its fourth weekend and sold 555,000 tickets over the weekend, and earned 747,513,070 yen from Friday to Sunday. Currently the film has sold a cumulative total of 5.61 million tickets for 7,595,005,820 yen. It is now the #87 film of all time at the Japanese box office.

  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Scarlet Bond

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Scarlet Bond (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken: Guren no Kizuna-hen) dropped from #2 to #4 in its second weekend. The film earned 154,622,540 yen (approximately 1.13 million USD) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 720,168,880 yen (approximately 5.27 million USD).

The film opened in Japan on November 25, and ranked #2 by selling 225,000 tickets for 297 million yen (approximately 2.14 million USD) in its opening weekend and selling 313,000 tickets for 416 million yen (approximately 3.19 million USD) ) in the first three days.

Fuse, the author of the original light novel series, conceived a new original story for the film in which the story centers on a new nation called King, which is located west of Tempest. Rimuru and his friends are embroiled in a long-running conspiracy revolving around a woman with mysterious powers. Rimuru and his commander, Benimaru, also met another ogre survivor named Hiiro, who used to have great respect for Benimaru.

The film’s overseas release will begin in December, and will eventually include the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, France, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South and Central America.

  • One Piece Film Red

One Piece Film Red dropped from #4 to #7 in its 18th weekend at the Japanese box office. The film earned 39,196,700 yen (about 287,300 USDH) from Friday to Sunday, and has now earned a cumulative total of 18,609,882,490 yen (about 136.4 million USD).

One Piece Film Red opens in Japan on August 6. The film has become the highest-selling and highest-grossing film franchise, both in terms of the number of tickets sold and yen earned at the box office. The film also surpassed Top Gun: Maverick to become the highest-grossing film to open in Japan so far this year. This anime is the #6 highest-grossing anime film of all time in Japan and the #9 highest-grossing film of all time in Japan.

Crunchyroll released One Piece Film Red in the United States and Canada on November 4, and in Australia and New Zealand on November 3. The film earned an estimated total of US$9,475,251 in its first three days in the United States to rank #2 overall at the US box office for the weekend.

The film centers on a new character named Uta, daughter of Shanks. Kaori Nazuka is Uta’s speaking voice, while Ado is the character’s singing voice. Ado also performed the film’s theme song “Shinjidai” (“New Genesis”). Goro Taniguchi (specifically Code Geass, One Piece: Defeat The Pirate Ganzak!) directed One Piece Film Red. Tsutomu Kuroiwa (One Piece Film Gold, One Piece: Heart of Gold, GANTZ:O, Black Butler live-action) is writing the screenplay, and One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda himself is executive producing.

  • Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive-: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk

Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive-: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk (Kuraki Yūyami no Scherzo), the second film in the Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- anime film series, dropped from #9 to #10 in its seventh weekend. The film earned 21,543,976 yen (about 157,800 USD) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 1,076,475,134 yen (about 7.88 million USD). It is known that the second film opened for regular screenings in Japan on October 22 but opened for IMAX and 4DX screenings one day earlier on October 21.

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