'Frozen' Tops $50 Million in Japan
The Oscar-winner is Hollywood's first major hit in 2014 for Japan, where it won the local box office for the third consecutive weekend.
TOKYO -- Frozen topped the Japanese box office for the third consecutive weekend, taking another $8.52 million (￥879 million) on Saturday and Sunday, to bring its total to $51.2 million (￥5.29 billion) after 17 days.
Released locally as Anna to Yuki no Jou (Anna and the Snow Queen), the film looks set for a big final total in Japan after its latest weekend take topped the weekend prior, which outdid its record bow for a Disney animation in Japan. The family-friendly flick is getting a boost with most Japanese schools currently on spring break, though it is attracting audiences from a wide age range, according to Disney Studios Japan.
A third strong weekend in a row in Japan helped push Frozen past Toy Story 3 to become the highest grossing animated film ever, with $1.06 billion globally.
The latest installment of Doraemon, the cartoon robot-cat, held on to second place, where it premiered last weekend, while the third spot was taken by the latest Kamen Rider (Masked Rider) film with a $2.55 million (￥263 million) bow on 292 screens.
Yoshihiro Nakamura's mystery-suspense Shirayuki Hime Satsujin Jiken (The Snow White Murder Case) opened in fourth place with $1.59 million (￥164 million). The film is based on the 2012 novel by Kanae Minato, whose debut Kokuhaku (Confessions) became Tetsuya Nakashima's 2010 hit of the same name.
Team Batista Final Keruberosu no Shozo, the second big-screen spinoff from the hit TV drama, featuring Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill), opened in fifth, with $1.5 million (￥155 million) from 123,000 admissions at 282 screens.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, released in Japan as Life, dropped to seventh after bowing in third with a respectable $1.43 million last weekend.