The First Slam Dunk Ends Japanese Theatrical Run With US$107.6 Million Total Gross


The First Slam Dunk has finished its run at the Japanese box office with a total gross of 15.73 billion yen (~US$107.6 million), Animate Times reports.

The total moviegoer count of the 3DCG title, which debuted on December 3, is calculated to be 10,882,776. The movie’s X (formerly Twitter) account revealed that it sat at the top of the daily box office ranking on its last day of screening.

The First Slam Dunk‘s earnings make it the 13th highest-grossing movie in Japan (a position it attained at the tail end of August), with Avatar at 12th and Ponyo at 14th.

The First Slam Dunk is the first new Slam Dunk anime since the 1990s. It is notable for being directed by Takehiko Inoue, the creator of the Slam Dunk manga, and for featuring Shohoku Point Guard Ryota Miyagi as the main character instead of series protagonist Hanamichi Sakuragi.


The movie has won several awards, including Best Animated Work at the 46th Japan Academy Film Prize. It had its North American premiere at Anime Expo 2023 and debuted at the North American box office on July 28.

The First Slam Dunk is a co-production between Toei Animation and CG company Dandelion Animation Studio. The staff includes Yasuyuki Ebara (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) as character designer and animation director, Yukiko Ban (Yowamushi PedalGlory Line) as sub-character designer, Daiki Nakazawa (Pop in Q) as CG director, Shunsuke Nakamura (Babylon co-photography director) as photography director, Kazuo Ogura (Attack on Titan The Final Season) as art director, and Shiori Furusho (Hero Mask) as color designer. 

Meanwhile, the cast includes Subaru Kimura as Hanamichi Sakuragi, Kenta Miyake as Takenori Akagi, Jun Kasama as Hisashi Mitsui, Shin’ichirou Kamio as Kaede Rukawa, Shugo Nakamura as Ryota Miyagi, Maaya Sakamoto as Haruko Akagi, and Asami Seto as Ayako.

The Slam Dunk manga was serialized from 1990 to 1996 in Weekly Shonen Jump and collected into 31 tankoubon volumes. It previously inspired a 1993 to 1996 anime series and four anime films. Takehiko drew an epilogue called Slam Dunk 10 Days Later on school blackboards in 2005, with the epilogue being reprinted in 2009. 

Source: Animate Times

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