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Suzume and The First Slam Dunk Lead Foreign Films in Chinese, Korean Box-Offices

According to
Variety, it has been reported on Wednesday that the movie
Suzume no Tojimari
), directed by
Makoto Shinkai
, has become the second highest grossing foreign film in the Chinese box office for 2023, raking in an equivalent of $114 million US.
The First Slam Dunk
, the new movie inspired from the
Slam Dunk
manga by
Takehiko Inoue,
comes closely after it in the third position, with estimated earnings of $93 million USD.

Additionally, Variety revealed on Tuesday that Suzume has landed in second place among foreign films garnering substantial revenues in the South Korean box office for 2023, with $43.6 million in earnings – The First Slam Dunk following closely behind it in 3rd place with $38.2 million.

In China, Fast X takes the crown as the highest grossing foreign movie, earning $139 million, while in Korea, Elemental leads with an earning of $54.3 million.

Suzume initially premiered in Japan back in November 2022, sitting at the top spot in the charts. Its run at the theaters in Japan ended in mid, with a recorded 14.79 billion yen at the box office.

The film premiered in first place in charts across multiple countries and currently holds the title of being the highest grossing Japanese movie ever in China. Furthermore, it broke records in Korea for the most sold tickets than any other Japanese movie in history.

Box Office Mojo’s records state that the movie accumulated a worldwide gross of $175,492,224 USD.


The First Slam Dunk
also holds a significant position as the 13th highest grossing movie of 2023 in Japan, even surpassing
Pony on the Cliff
Hayao Miyazaki
(released in 2008), with a profit of 15.5 billion yen across the Japanese islands. It has also emerged as the highest grossing movie of Japan for 2023.

The movie opened in December 2022, taking the top spot at the box office on its first three days with 847,000 admissions equating to 1,295,808,780 yen.

By June, it had drawn more than 10 million admissions, bringing in 14.45 billion yen in Japan after running for about six months in theaters.

Directed by Inoue himself and produced at Toei Animation, where he also contributed to the scripts. The team includes names like Yasuyuki Ebara (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) as the character designer/animation director and Katushiko Kitada (Attack on Titan, Major: Yûjô no Winning Shot), Naoki Miyahara (Digimon Adventure, Popin Q), Toshio Ôhashi (LayereD Stories 0) and Yû Kamatani (Looking for Magical DoReMi, Precure Super Stars!) working as technical directors.

Sources : Variety (2nd link) (Patrick Frater)

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