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The First Slam Dunk Earns 8.27 Billion Yen!

As of Sunday, when it was in its 44th day at the Japanese box office, The First Slam Dunk, the new anime adaptation of Takehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk basketball comic, has sold 5.67 million tickets and brought in 8.27 billion yen (about US$64.58 million). For the eighth week in a row, the movie topped the weekend box office in Japan. In Japan, the movie is currently the 72nd-highest-earning movie of all time. It is also the #18 anime movie of all time in Japan.

The film sold 847,000 tickets and earned 1,295,808,780 yen (about US$9.50 million) in its opening weekend, opening in Japan on December 3. The movie has IMAX screenings in 40 cinemas all over Japan, and Dolby Atmos screenings in 34 cinemas. The movie added Dolby Cinema screenings on December 10.

Inoue directed the film at Toei Animation and wrote the script, with Yasuyuki Ebara serving as character designer and animation director, and Katsuhiko Kitada, Naoki Miyahara, Toshio Ōhashi and Yū Kamatani as technical directors, who have worked on such titles as Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Attack on Titan, Digimon Adventure, Popin Q, LayereD Stories 0, Looking for Magical DoReMi, and Precure Super Stars!.

Daiki Nakazawa directed the CG, and Yūta Ogura produced the CG. Kazuo Ogura directed the art. Yota Tsuruoka directed the sound with Koji Kasamatsu.



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