‘Frozen’ Is Still Shoveling In the Dough in Japan

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Disney’s wildly popular animated movie Frozen is continuing its world domination. After beating Toy Story 3 to become the highest-grossing animated film of all time before inflation, the movie is still earning in foreign markets like Japan, where over the weekend it became the first Hollywood film to break the $100 million mark since 2010, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The publication reported that Frozen has spent six consecutive weeks at number one at the box office in Japan and over the weekend pulled in another $8 million to reach a cumulative total of $104.6 million. The movie is poised to out-earn Disney’s 2010 run in Japan, which saw the third installment in the Toy Story series make $108 million and Alice in Wonderland pull in $115 million. Disney is set to release Frozen in a dubbed 3-D version in Japan on April 26, which will draw even more cash per ticket.

The Oscar-winning Frozen has received both popular and critical acclaim, and is being considered the best Disney animated feature not related to Pixar in years. The movie has performed very well internationally, as Disney put effort into dubbing the movie into a plethora of languages while keeping the spirit of the song lyrics.

The Hollywood Reporter said that the movie will likely continue to break records in Japan, including outstripping last year’s highest earner in the country, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, which grossed $120 million in 2013, as well as Walt Disney Studios Japan’s biggest hit, Armageddon, which made $131.6 million in 1998.

At the end of last month, Frozen’s gross reached $674 million worldwide, pushing it past the previous highest-earning animated movie, Toy Story 3, and making it the 10th highest-earning movie of all time, not accounting for inflation. Now, according to Box Office Mojo’s data, it’s up to $1.1 billion and is the sixth-highest earner of all time. Domestically, the movie has made $399.8 million as of April 20.

Frozen is just behind Iron Man 3′s $1.2 billion and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2′s $1.34 billion for now, though it could surpass those films on earnings from box offices around the world, including Japan. The film still has the potential to rake in the dough from DVD sales, foreign box offices, and merchandise.

Another Disney film, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, debuted in Japan over the weekend, far behind the weeks-old Frozen, earning just $2 million. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to be released in Japan on April 26 and in the U.S. on May 2, but given Frozen’s popularity and the upcoming 3-D release, it likely won’t have to worry about another Marvel hero pushing out of the top spot.

In the U.S. over the weekend, the latest movie in The Avengers franchise was the top earner for the second week in a row, pulling in an additional $26.6 million to surpass the $200 million mark. Captain America has benefited from both a rabid fan base and good reviews from critics. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp’s new science fiction movie, Transcendence, flopped, with a paltry 20 percent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes and only taking in $11.15 million at the box office.

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