'Frozen' Tops $50 Million in Japan

'Frozen' is gaining strength 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.

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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.  

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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.

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