THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Anime Film Jumps Above The Wind Rises to Become the 27th Highest-Grossing Film in Japan

Remains in the top five for the weekend despite opening back in December



Toei Animation’s THE FIRST SLAM DUNK continues to slam and dunk on its opponents, remaining near the top of the weekend box office charts and continuing the winning streak it has had since December last year! With this, the anime film again jumped two spots on the all-time highest-grossing box office charts in Japan passing The Wind Rises.


As of March 19, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK has made 12.17 billion yen (US$$91.56 million) at the Japanese box office and is currently the 27th highest-grossing film of all-time and the 11th highest-grossing anime film of all-time, both in the Japanese domestic market passing Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.



RELATED: THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Anime Film Nets Animation of the Year at Japan Academy Film Prize


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, which describes the series as such:


Hanamichi Sakuragi, an entering freshman at Shohoku High, holds a record for being rejected by 50 girls during middle school. Ever since the last girl turned him down for a guy on the basketball team, Sakuragi's been traumatized by the sport.


THE FIRST SLAM DUNK opened in Japan on December 3 in regular and IMAX theaters and expanded to Dolby Cinema screens on December 10.


Source: Kogyo Tsushin (1, 2)


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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.

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