Toei Animation achieved a record high at the box office in 2022, grossing around $246 million thanks to One Piece Film: Red and The First Slam Dunk.
Toei Animation generated a record high box office in 2022 thanks to One Piece Film: Red and The First Slam Dunk.
As reported by Anime News Network, the animation studio announced on Wednesday that it made a whopping 32,563,660,570 yen (about US$246 million) at the box office from January 1 to January 31. December 2022, surpassing the previous record of 17,980.254,340 yen (about US$135 million at current conversion rates) in 2009. A total of 23,646,555 tickets were sold by Toei last year.
Toei cited the films One Piece Film: Red and The First Slam Dunk, both of which performed well at the box office, as the main reason the company was able to break the previous record. Since One Piece Film: Red opened in Japanese cinemas on August 6, 2022, it has sold more than 13.79 million tickets to gross over 19 billion yen (about US$144 million). in 157 days. The First Slam Dunk recently opened in Japan on December 3, 2022, selling approximately 5.27 million tickets in 38 days and occupying the number one box office spot for six consecutive weeks at the time of writing. The total sales of these films beat Toei’s 2009 box office record, achieved by films such as One Piece Film: Strong World, Mt. Tsurugidake, and the Kamen Rider Decade/Samurai Sentai Shinkenger crossover.
Movie One Piece and Slam Dunk
One Piece Film: Red marks the 15th feature film that the franchise has received. The film follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they attend a concert by famous singer Uta (Kaori Nazuka/Amanda Lee). However, the group quickly runs into trouble when Uta traps them into the dream world thanks to her song power. Thus begins a race against time as Luffy (Mayumi Tanaka/Colleen Clinkenbeard) and his friends attempt to escape so as not to be trapped in the dream world forever. The success of One Piece Film: Red at the box office made it the fifth highest-grossing Japanese film of all time.
Based on Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk manga, The First Slam Dunk revolves around Ryota Miyagi (Shugo Nakamura), the point guard of the Shohoku high school basketball team. Miyagi’s love for the sport stems from his late brother Sota, who died at sea in a fishing accident. The film follows Ryota and his teammates Hanamichi Sakuragi (Subaru Kimura), Takenori Akagi (Kenta Miyake), Hisashi Mitsui (Jun Kasama) and Kaede Rukawa (Shin’ichiro Kamio) as they step onto the field and challenge interscholastic basketball. champion, Sanno school.
One Piece Film: Red is currently showing in theaters. Although The First Slam Dunk has opened in Japan, it has not been confirmed whether the film will have a worldwide release or when it is yet to be confirmed.
Source: Anime News Network
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