Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated film Frozen is unstoppable. Months after its release in North America and the rest of the world, the movie that made “Let It Go” a national anthem continues to reap in the box office. The 3D Japanese-language version was just released last week in Japan in time for the Golden Week holidays and has already raked in more than $156 million (¥15.9 billion).
Frozen has already surpassed Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo on a Cliff in Japan and that is saying something about the movie because the Japanese are very proud of their homegrown films, especially those by Miyazaki. It has also overtaken James Cameron’s Avatar and now the Disney animated film has catapulted to the list of all-time top ten highest grossing films in the region. The second installment of the local time-travel comedy film Thermae Romae II is at the second spot as it went past the $24.5 million mark (¥2.5 billion) in just a week. On the other hand, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 based on the Marvel comic series is still at number four, the same spot it was a week ago when the movie first opened in Japan. Despite this, the sequel to the movie starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker has already surpassed the final total of the first installment of the series, The Amazing Spider-Man in Japan as it earns $19.35 million (¥19.7 billion) for its first 12 days of showing.
A documentary titled Nature by BBC is currently on eighth place with $3.9 million (¥400 million) earnings. Many lauded its performance in the box-office considering it is a nature documentary most viewers would find boring in contrast with the other commercial releases. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is currently ranked ninth but still continues to be in the charts, three weeks after its release.
[via Hollywood Reporter]