The film earned the equivalent of US$2.28 million over the weekend, surpassing the US$19.3 million total.
Kodoani.com – The First Slam Dunk, the new anime adaptation of Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk basketball manga, ranked first in its fifth weekend in South Korea, grossing the equivalent of US$2,280,244 from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold 276,453 tickets and shown in 1,013 theaters.
The film’s weekly sales increased by 10%. The film earned a total of US$19,309,822 in South Korea, selling 2,348,330 tickets.
The film opens in Korea on January 4. In its fourth week of release, it ranked 1st, ahead of Avatar: The Way of Water.
The film opened in Japan on December 3 and debuted at No. 1 in its opening weekend. The film sold 847,000 tickets and grossed 1,295,808,780 yen (about 9.50 million US dollars) in its opening weekend. The film is currently the 43rd highest-grossing film of all time in Japan.
Inoue personally directed the film at Toei Animation and wrote the script. Among the staff listed are character designer/animation director Yasuyuki Ebara (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) and technical director Katsuhiko Kitada (Attack on Titan episodes, Major: Yūjō no Victory Shot), Naoki Miyahara (Digimon Adventure, Popin Q), Toshio Ōhashi (LayereD Stories 0) and Yū Kamatani
Daiki Nakazawa is directing the CG, and Yūta Ogura is producing the CG. Kazuo Ogura art direction. Yota Tsuruoka is directing the sound with Koji Kasamatsu.
The Japan Academy Film Awards Association for Excellence nominated the film for Animation of the Year in the organization’s 46th annual awards.