The First Slam Dunk Film Stays
The First Slam Dunk, the latest adaptation of basketball comic Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue, maintained its top spot for a fourth consecutive weekend. Over the course of the weekend, the movie sold 302,000 tickets, bringing in 461,741,060 yen, or around $3.47 million USD. 3,407,275 tickets have been sold for the movie, totaling 5,067,029,010 yen, or nearly $38.0 million.
In its first weekend, the movie came in at number one. Over the course of its first weekend, the movie sold 847,000 tickets and brought in 1,295,808,780 yen (about $9.50 million).
The movie premiered on December 3 in Japan. In 40 theatres around Japan, the film will be shown in IMAX, while 34 theatres will show it in Dolby Atmos. On December 10, the movie added Dolby Cinema screenings.
At Toei Animation, Inoue himself created the storyline and directed the movie. Character designer and animation director Yasuyuki Ebara (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) is listed among the staff members, along with technical directors Katsuhiko Kitada (Attack on Titan episodes, Major: Yj no Winning Shot), Naoki Miyahara (Digimon Adventure, Popin Q), Toshio hashi (LayereD Stories 0), and Y Kamatani (Looking for Magical DoReMi,
The CG was created by Yta Ogura and was produced by Daiki Nakazawa. The art was directed by Kazuo Ogura. The sound was directed by Koji Kasamatsu and Yota Tsuruoka.
In its seventh weekend, the movie Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) by Makoto Shinkai maintained position #2. Over the weekend, 299,000 tickets were sold for the movie, bringing in 398,069,210 yen, or around $2.99 million, from Friday to Sunday. 7.45 million tickets have already been sold for the movie, totaling 10,014,715,330 yen, or around $75.34 million.
The movie earned 1.88 billion yen (about US$13.49 million) in its first three days of release after debuting at No. 1 on November 11 and selling 1.33 million tickets.
Compared to Shinkai’s critically praised your name, which made 1,277,960,000 yen (about $12.51 million at the time) in its first three days, the movie sold 38.7% more tickets and made 47.4% more money. It also had the greatest opening three days of all of Shinkai’s movies, with ticket sales and revenue up 14.8% and 14.4%, respectively, above Weathering With You.
Suzume Iwato, the movie’s heroine, is voiced by actress Nanoka Hara. Hokuto Matsumura, a member of the SixTONES idol group, made his voice acting debut in the movie as Sta Munakata, a young guy who travels with Suzume as the “Door-Closing Master,” much as he did in the live-action Liar Liar and xxxHOLiC films.
The movie’s writing and direction were both done by Shinkai (your name from Weathering With You). The original narrative is ascribed to him as well. The characters were created by Masayoshi Tanaka (your name, Weathering With You). The animation director for Garden of Words was Kenichi Tsuchiya (your name). The art director was Takumi Tanji (Children Who Chase Lost Voices). The film was made by Story Inc. and CoMix Wave Films. The movie is being released by TOHO. The movie’s music is by RADWIMPS. The movie’s soundtrack was created by RADWIMPS and Seattle-based Hollywood composer Kazuma Jinnouchi (Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045, RWBY: Ice Queendom). Toaka, a TikTok artist, sang “Suzume,” one of the movie’s theme songs.
The live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura’s comic manga Black Night Parade debuted at #4 throughout the course of its first weekend. Throughout the weekend, the movie sold 128,000 tickets, bringing in 165,363,930 yen (about US$1.24 million), and over the first three days, it sold 164,000 tickets, bringing in 209,912,700 yen (around US$1.57 million).
The movie premiered on December 23 in Japan.
Miharu Hino, a young guy who couldn’t get into college or a stable career, spends every day at his part-time work at a convenience shop in the novel. However, this unemployed jerk manages to get a job with “Black Santa Claus” at a business that gives bad gifts to misbehaving kids. (Black firms are referred to as abusive workplaces in Japanese.)
The movie’s director and co-screenwriter was Yichi Fukuda (live-action Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Gintama, HK/Hentai Kamen).
In its second weekend, the live-action movie based on Takatoshi Yamada’s Dr. Koto Shinryojo (Dr. Koto’s Clinic) manga fell from #4 to #5. From Friday through Sunday, the movie made 152,697,680 yen, or about $1.14 million, bringing its weekend total to 1,018,724,870 yen, or about $7.66 million.
The movie premiered on December 16 in Japan. The movie was produced by Isamu Nakae, with a screenplay by Noriko Yoshida. The title character’s doctor, played by Hidetaka Yoshioka, was also the star of the live-action television series that aired between 2003 and 2006.
Dr. Coto’s Clinic, the live-action series that Crunchyroll previously broadcast in 2003 and 2006, is described as follows:
The young doctor Kensuke Goto comes to Shikina Island in this drama, a remote island in the Japanese archipelago that is more than six hours away from the major islands of Japan. There, he must cope with the islanders’ reluctance to accept him and a clinic deficient in medical supplies. This human drama demonstrates how Dr. Coto respects the worth of every human existence while firmly tackling illness with a sober demeanour.
The anime adaptation of the book Lonely Castle in the Mirror (Kagami no Koj) by Mizuki Tsujimura debuted at #6. The movie made 111,448,950 yen over the weekend and 146,437,130 yen, or nearly US$1.10 million, in the first three days of release.
The movie premiered on December 23 in Japan.
The movie was directed by Keiichi Hara (Colorful, Miss Hokusai, The Wonderland) at A-1 Pictures. The script was written by Miho Maruo, who also authored the screenplays for Hara’s Miss Hokusai and The Wonderland movies. The characters were created by the main animator, Keigo Sasaki (Blue Exorcist, ERASED, The Seven Deadly Sins). Ilya Kuvshinov, a Russian illustrator who created The Wonderland’s character designs, is also credited with designing the castle. For this new picture, Harumi Fuuki, who previously wrote the soundtrack for Hara’s films, comes back. The movie is being released through Shochiku.
The book was published in English by Doubleday in April 2021, and the plot is as follows:
Seven youngsters awaken to see their bedroom mirrors sparkling in a quiet Tokyo neighbourhood.
They are transported from their lonely existence to a fantastic castle with winding staircases, watchful portraits, and sparkling chandeliers at the touch of a finger. They encounter a series of clues in this new refuge that point to a secret chamber where one of them will be given a desire. However, there is a catch: they will be penalised if they don’t leave the castle by five o’clock.
As time goes on, a horrifying fact becomes apparent: only those who have the courage to tell their story will be preserved.
The Kamen Rider Geats x Revenge Movie Battle Royale crossover movie debuted at #7.
The anime adaptation of the series, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Scarlet Bond (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken: Guren no Kizuna-hen), fell from #6 to #10 in its fifth weekend. From Friday through Sunday, the movie made 40,092,410 yen, or about $301,600, bringing its weekend total to 1,139,769,650 yen, or approximately $8.57 million.
On November 25, the movie had its Japanese premiere. It debuted at #2 and in its first weekend, 225,000 tickets were sold for 297 million yen, or around $2.14 million. In the first three days, 313,000 tickets were sold for 416 million yen, or around $3.19 million.
The brand-new original plot for the movie was written by Fuse, the creator of the original light novel series. Raja, a brand-new nation to the west of Tempest, serves as the focal point of the narrative. Rimuru and his friends get embroiled in a protracted plot centred on a lady with a strange ability. Along with Hiiro, another ogre survivor who had admired Benimaru, Rimuru and his leader Benimaru come upon Hiiro.
Early in 2023, Crunchyroll will release the movie in all significant international markets (apart from Asia). Beginning in December, the movie will ultimately be released outside in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, France, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South and Central America.
In its twenty-first weekend, One Piece Film Red fell outside the top ten. In its second weekend, the anime movie Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: First Kiss wa Owaranai also fell out of the top 10.