The First Slam Dunk Movie Bags Over 14 Billion Yen; Surpasses Weathering With You

The film became the 15th highest-earning film of all time, and the 9th highest-earning anime film, both positions within the border of Japan.


Takehiko Inoue‘s Slam Dunk 3DCG film adaptation “The First Slam Dunk Movie” recorded a box-office revenue of approximately 14.33 billion yen (about US$102.1 million) on May 28, 2023, surpassing Makoto Shinkai‘s previous blockbuster “Weathering With You“, which was released in 2019 and bagged a collection of approximately 14.23 billion yen but still a bit behind his latest blockbuster “Suzume No Tojimari”, which recorded a final box-office revenue of approximately 14.79 billion yen (US$105.3 million).

Keep in mind that the point of comparison is only Yen. If the comparison is made in USD, then Weathering With You bagged about $130,9 million in 2019 in total.

This number put The First Slam Dunk in the position of 15th highest-earning film of all time, and the 9th highest-earning anime film, both positions within the border of Japan.

The film was released on December 3 in Japan and was ranked at #1 in its opening weekend with 847,000 tickets sold, earning around 9.5 million USD.

The film’s producer, Toshiyuki Matsui, received this year’s general award for Eiga Engeki Bunka Kyokai’s 42nd annual Fujimoto Awards.

The staff of the film includes:

  • Screenplay: Takehiko Inoue
  • Designer and animation director: Yasuke Ebara
  • Technical Directors: Katsuhiko Kitada, Naoki Miyahara, and Yu Kamatani
  • CG Director: Daiki Nakazawa
  • CG Producer: Yuta Ogura
  • Art Director: Kazuo Ogura
  • Sound Directors: Yota Tsuruoka and Koji Kasamatsu

Cast Includes:

  • Subaru Kimura as Hanamichi Sakuragi
  • Shinichiro Kamio as Kaede Nagarekawa
  • Sogo Nakamura as Ryota Miyagi
  • Jun Kasama as Hisashi Mitsui
  • Kenta Miake as Goken Aakagi

This summer, the film will be released in the United States and Canada by GKIDS with English subtitles.

GKIDS describes the film as:

Shohoku’s “speedster” and point guard, Ryota Miyagi, always plays with brains and lightning speed, running circles around his opponents while feigning composure.

Born and raised in Okinawa, Ryota had a brother who was three years older.

Following in the footsteps of his older brother, who was a famous local player from a young age, Ryota also became addicted to basketball.

In his second year of high school, Ryota plays with the Shohoku High School basketball team along with Sakuragi, Rukawa, Akagi, and Mitsui as they take the stage at the Inter-High School National Championship.

Now, they are on the brink of challenging the reigning champions, Sannoh Kogyo High School.