Japanese studio Toei announced today that its total box office receipts for the calendar year 2022 will hit a record 32.56 billion yen ($246.6 million), thanks to strong performances from animated film One Piece Red and The First Slam Dunk. .
The studio's box office revenue slightly surpassed the previous year's record of 17.98 billion yen ($136.2 million at current exchange rates), set in 2009. It announced that it had sold 23.65 million tickets in 2022, the year in which the Japanese box office recovered at a faster pace than other markets in the region.
The One Piece Red movie , the latest installment in a long-running franchise, opened on August 6 last year and has since sold 13.79 million tickets and grossed 19 billion yen ($144 million) in Japan alone. .
According to Box Office Mojo, the film earned approximately $35.5 million at the international box office, with top-grossers including North America, France, and Germany.
The First Slam Dunk , also adapted from a popular manga series, opened on December 3 and is currently the number one film in Japan with $56.9 million. It was one of two films, the other being Mokoto Shinkai's Suzume , to outsell Avatar: The Way of Water when it opened at number three in Japan on December 16.
Directed and written by Inoue Takehiko, The First Slam Dunk is based on the Slam Dunk basketball manga series created by Takehiko and published in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1990 to 1996. The film will be broadcast by Hong Kong-based Medialink. In Hongkong. Kong and Macao on January 12.
Toei's 2009 release list includes the One Piece film Strong World , the live-action drama Mount Tsurigike starring Tadanobu Asano, and two "tokusatsu" (heavy use of live-action special effects) films released as one project. double: Kamen . Rider Decade: All Rider vs. Die-Shocker and Samurai Sentai Shinkenger The Movie: The Fateful War .
Japan has been one of the fastest recovering box office territories in Asia, returning to around 90% of pre-pandemic activity levels in 2022, driven mainly by local anime and a few titles. Four of the top five films of 2022 were local animated films, led by One Piece Film Red , as were Jujutsu Kaisen 0 , Suzume , and Detective Conan: The Halloween Bride . The other film in the top five was Top Gun: Maverick , which ranked third with 13.5 billion yen ($102 million).