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X-Men and Monsterz fail to stop Frozen in Japan

X-Men and Monsterz fail to stop Frozen in Japan

By Kevin Ma

Mon, 02 June 2014, 23:40 PM (HKT)

Box Office News

Not even the X-Men could halt Frozen (2013)'s streak at the Japan box office, as the Disney film spends its 13th consecutive weekend atop the charts.

The animated film added another ¥759 million (US$7.44 million) from 648,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday, representing an 8.5% week-on-week increase.

At ¥21.2 billion (US$208 million), it bested Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone's ¥20.3 billion (US$199 million) total to become the third highest grossing film in Japan. Frozen's next target is James CAMERON's Titanic (1997), the highest grossing foreign film in Japan with a total of ¥2.63 billion (US$258 million).

Opening on Friday instead of the usual Saturday, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) was the top new film this weekend. From 648 screens, the superhero film – released in 2-D and 3-D – made ¥353 million (US$3.46 million) in its first three days.

In 2011, X-Men: First Class (2011) made ¥171 million (US$1.68 million) from 519 screens for a total of ¥630 million (US$6.17 million). X-Men: The Last Stand debuted as the top film on release in 2006 with ¥277 million (US$2.71 million) from 565 screens. It made a total of ¥1.53 billion (US$15.0 million) in cinemas.

Also opening on Friday, NAKATA Hideo 中田秀夫's Monsterz MONSTERZ (2014) was the top local film this weekend with ¥241 million (US$2.36 million) from 327 screens on its first three days. Starring FUJIWARA Tatsuya 藤原竜也 and YAMADA Takayuki 山田孝之, the horror thriller is a remake of South Korea's Haunters 초능력자 (2010).

Based on the hit manga series, All-Round Appraiser Q: The Eyes of Mona Lisa 万能鑑定士Q モナ・リザの瞳 (2014) (pictured) opened on Saturday and made ¥140 million (US$1.37 million) from 120,000 admission on 300 screens. The mystery drama stars AYASE Haruka 綾瀬はるか as a genius appraiser who can determine the price of every object she sees.

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