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.
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
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.