Japan box office rises 6.6% in 2014
Frozen boosts foreign film's market share
Cape Nostalgia leads Japan Academy nominations
Slice-of-life drama earns 13 nominations
South Korean films lose domestic dominance
Foreign film market share surges
Pale Moon leads Blue Ribbon nominations
Samurai Chronicle and 0.5mm take four each
Moses dethrones Interstellar in South Korea
Nolan sci-fi epic expected to break 10m admissions
Interstellar remains dominant at South Korea B.O.
Hunger Games sequel opens second-placed
Lunar Kingdom bewitches China box office
Period fantasy made RMB100m on Chinese Valentine’s day
Pokemon defeats Ghibli at Japan box office
When Marnie was There opens third-placed
Maleficent takes second weekend in Japan
Local youth romance opens second-placed
Market share of South Korean films plummets
Foreign films secure record admissions
Maleficent dethrones Frozen in Japan
Best opening for a live-action foreign film this year
Frozen wins 16th round at Japan box office
World of Kanako opens fourth-placed
Samurai comedy Frozen-out at Japan B.O.
300 sequel opens fifth-placed
Frozen momentum cooling in Japan
Noah opens second-placed
Frozen extends winning streak in Japan
Pompeii opens fifth-placed
X-Men and Monsterz fail to stop Frozen in Japan
Frozen now 3rd in all-time ranking
Frozen fever continues in Japan
Gundam film opens third-placed
Frozen tops Japan B.O. for tenth weekend
Thermae Romae II holds second place
My Old Classmate works China's Labour Day
Spider-man sequel snags huge opening
Eternal Zero wins Udine audience award
Attorney takes Black Dragon Award in Italy
Thermae Romae II makes splash in Japan
Frozen still number one at B.O.
Conan challenges Frozen's reign in Japan
Captain America fourth-placed
Crows Zero sequel explodes at Japan B.O.
Frozen on top for fifth weekend
Pang Ho-cheung's Aberdeen to open Udine
Thermae Romae II to close Italian festival
China box office up 29.3% in 2014 Q1
Domestic films take 65% share
Frozen refuses to melt at Japan box office
One Third opens eighth-placed
Frozen spends 3rd weekend atop Japan B.O.
Kamen Rider film third-placed
Frozen continues Japan reign
13% week-on-week increase
Frozen heats up Japan box office
Best opening gross of 2014
Frozen joins South Korea's 10 million club
First animation, second foreign film to cross milestone
Miss Granny stays young at South Korea B.O.
High concept comedy crosses 7 million admissions
Beijing Love Story feels the love at China B.O.
RMB200 million in 4 days
Beijing Love Story resets China 2-D record
New Valentine's Day B.O. record
Monkey King maintains reign at China B.O.
New release Frozen fourth-placed
Monkey King heads record-breaking New Year
86% year-on-year increase in China
Boonie Bears atop China B.O. for second weekend
Takes record as China's highest grossing animation
The Attorney joins 10 million club
South Korean drama is ninth local film to cross admissions milestone
Shu Ra Ra Boom to open Yubari
Obayashi Nobuhiko's new film to close genre festival
Police Story 2013 tops China B.O.
Personal Tailor passes RMB500 million
Firestorm tops Xmas B.O. in Hong Kong
Frozen top foreign film; 11% year-on-year increase
Japanese comedian makes directorial debut
Gekidan Hitori's time traveling drama stars Oizumi Yo and Shibasaki Ko
Bolt From the Blue top local film in Japan
By Kevin Ma
Tue, 27 May 2014, 11:45 AM (HKT)
Even though it had its largest week-on-week drop, Frozen (2013) remained on top of the Japan box office for the 12th weekend.
The fantasy made an addition ¥700 million (US$6.87 million) from 518,000 admissions on 670 screens on Saturday and Sunday. Its total gross is now ¥19.8 billion (US$195 million), surpassing local animated features Howl's Moving Castle ハウルの動く城 (2004) and Princess Mononoke もののけ姫 (1997) as the fourth highest grossing film of all-time in Japan.
It is expected to surpass Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone's ¥20.3 billion (US$199 million) gross this week to become Japan's third highest-grossing film.
Second-placed, with just over a quarter of the Disney animation's box office, was comedy-drama A Bolt from the Blue 青天の霹靂 (pictured), the directorial debut of comedian GEKIDAN Hitori 劇団ひとり. From 300 screens, the film – starring OIZUMI Yo 大泉洋, SHIBASAKI Ko 柴咲コウ and Gekidan — made ¥180 million (US$1.76 million) from 131,000 admissions on its first two days.
In 2008, HIRAKAWA Yuichiro 平川雄一朗's ensemble drama Flowers in the Shadows 陰日向に咲く (2008) – also based on a novel by Gekidan – opened with ¥231 million (US$2.27 million) from 312 screens. It made a total of ¥1.95 billion (US$19.1 million) during its theatrical run.
Thermae Romae II テルマエ・ロマエ パートII dropped to third place, making an additional ¥147 million (US$1.44 million). After five weekends, the time travel comedy has made ¥3.8 billion (US$37.3 million).
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn 7 機動戦士ガンダムＵＣ／ｅｐｉｓｏｄｅ ７ 虹の彼方に dropped to eighth place with an additional ¥63.9 million (US$627,000) in its second weekend for a total of ¥308 million (US$3.02 million) after nine days in cinemas. The animated sci-fi film is being released on home video next week.