Japan Box Office: 'Frozen' Sails Past $100 Million, 'Captain America' Opens at No. 2
The Disney Oscar-winner is the first Hollywood film to break the $100 million mark in Japan since 2010, and looks set to surpass the $120 million that Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" took in last year.
TOKYO — Frozen took another ￥827 million ($8 million) over the weekend at the Japanese box office, taking its cumulative total to $104.6 million from more than 8.67 million admissions, after six weeks at No. 1.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened in a distant second, taking $2 million from 143,000 admissions, making it a bumper weekend for Disney in Japan.
In 2010, the last time Hollywood had a strong year at the Japanese box office, Alice in Wonderland finished with $115 million, while Toy Story 3 clocked up $108 million. Frozen is on course to pass its two Disney stablemates by the end of the month, following the upcoming release of the dubbed 3D version on April 26.
Frozen dropped only 1.8 percent last weekend, and at its current pace will overtake Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, which was the highest-grossing film in Japan in 2013 with $120 million, and then Armageddon, Walt Disney Studios Japan's biggest hit ever, with $131.6 million in 1998.
Frozen and Captain America 2 will have competition from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which opens in Japan on Friday, one of the last major territories for the Sony blockbuster.