Japan Box Office: 'Frozen' Passes $150 Million, Enters All-Time Top 10

"Frozen" becomes one of the ten highest grossing films of all time in Japan.
"Frozen" becomes one of the ten highest grossing films of all time in Japan.

The Disney Oscar-winner has been No. 1 for over two months while "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" closed in on $20 million and BBC Earth's "Enchanted Kingdom 3D" got off to a strong start during a local holiday period.

TOKYO – Frozen remains untouchable at the Japanese box office, surpassing $156 million (¥15.9 billion) over the Golden Week holidays, and overtaking Avatar and Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on a Cliff to enter the all-time top 10 highest grossing films in the territory.

Golden Week -- a bunch of public holidays grouped together that ended Tuesday -- is usually a bumper box-office period, and Walt Disney Studios Japan timed the release of the 3D Japanese-language version of Frozen to coincide with it. The soundtrack album also has held the No. 1 spot on the local charts for the last two weeks after spending two months in the top 10.

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Local time-travel comedy Thermae Romae II climbed up a spot to No. 2 and is heading past $24.5 million (¥2.5 billion), though it looks unlikely to match the $60 million the first installment took in 2012.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 held on to the No. 4 spot in its second week of release, and its 12-day $19.35 million (¥19.7 billion) take has already surpassed the final tally of the first Amazing Spider-Man in Japan. The Marvel sequel has been breaking box-office records across Asia, including in China, Hong Kong and India

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In eighth place, BBC Earth's high-definition Enchanted Kingdom 3D, released locally as Nature, opened on 575 screens on May 2, finishing Golden Week with more than $3.9 million (¥400 million), a strong performance for a nature documentary.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier fell to ninth place in its third week on the charts.

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