Japan Box Office: 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Becomes Biggest Hit Since 'Frozen'
'The Force Awakens' reaches $84 million in Japan as it begins to wind down.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in another ￥252 million ($2.1 million) over the weekend for a cume of $83.3 million, becoming the biggest hit at the Japanese box office since Frozen.
Force Awakens and Frozen, both from Disney, are the only two Hollywood films to break the ￥10 billion barrier in the last five years. (The only Japanese film to do so in that time was Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises.) The latter pic spent 16 weekends at No. 1 and finished with $250 million. The former is proving a faster burn and is winding down after seven weekends, meaning it is unlikely to cross $100 million.
Time-travel samurai film Nobunaga Concerto remained at No. 1, bringing its total to $14.5 million after its second weekend in theaters.
Saraba Abunai Deka: Long Goodbye, the latest incarnation of a TV and film detective franchise that dates back to the 1980s, opened in the second spot with $2.4 million.
Scott Cooper's Black Mass (released locally as Black Scandal), starring Johnny Depp as James "Whitey" Bulger, bowed in fourth place with $946,000.
Yoshihiro Nakamura's ghost story The Inerasable debuted in the fifth spot with $946,000. The film premiered in October at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Next weekend will see Japanese releases for Ridley Scott's The Martian and Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, which will finally hit local theaters. Protests from small but vocal nationalist groups against the latter film, which centers on the treatment of an American POW in Japan during World War II, led to Toho-Towa canceling its distribution plans. Unbroken is scheduled for release in 40 theaters, now distributed by Bitters End.
A previous version of this story mistakenly stated that Star Wars and Frozen were the only pics to break the ￥10 billion barrier in the last five years, when they were the only Hollywood films to do so. THR regrets the error.