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

11:26 PM PST 05/07/2014 by Gavin J. Blair
"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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