One Piece Film Red Box Office Helps Toei Set New Revenue Record

One Piece Film Red Box Office Helps Toei Set New Revenue Record

One Piece Film Red Box Office Helps Toei Set New Revenue Record: For the calendar year 2022, the Japanese studio Toei reported that its total box office receipts reached a record Yen32.56BN (US$246.6M), in part due to the successful runs of the anime blockbusters One Piece Film Red and The First Slam Dunk.

The studio easily surpassed its 2009 record annual high of Yen17.98BN (US$136.2M at the current exchange rate) in box office receipts. It also revealed that in 2022, when Japan’s box office recovered more quickly than many other regional markets, it sold 23.65 million tickets.

The newest installment in a long-running franchise, One Piece Film Red, debuted on August 6 last year. Since then, it has sold 13.79 million tickets and brought in more than Yen19BN (US$144M) in Japan alone. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie has also made roughly US$35.5M from overseas box office markets, with the central revenue-producing regions being North America, France, and Germany.

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The First Slam Dunk, which debuted on December 3 and has already made $56.9M, is still the top movie in Japan. It was also adapted from a well-liked manga series. It was one of two movies, along with Mokoto Shinkai’s Suzume, that prevented Avatar: The Way of Water from taking first place when it debuted in Japan on December 16 in third place.

The First Slam Dunk, a film directed and written by Inoue Takehiko, is based on the Takehiko Slam Dunk basketball manga series, which ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1990 to 1996. On January 12, MediaLink, a Hong Kong-based company, will release the movie in Macau and Hong Kong.

The live-action drama Mt. Tsurugidake, starring Tadanobu Asano, and two “tokusatsu” movies (live-action with effective use of special effects) that were released as a double bill—Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker and Samurai Sentai Shinkenger the Movie: The Fateful War—were all part of Toei’s 2009 release schedule.

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One of the fastest-recovering box office markets in Asia has been Japan, which will return to roughly 90% of pre-pandemic levels of business in 2022, mainly due to domestic anime and a few Hollywood films.

Local animated films made up four of the top five movies of 2022, including Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, Suzume, and One Piece Film Red. Top Gun: Maverick, the other movie in the top five, came in third place with Yen13.5BN (US$102M).