Disney's massive blockbuster animated film "Frozen" (released in Japan as "Anna and the Snow Queen") is on track to become the second highest-grossing film in Japan.
As of Aug 25, the film had surpassed 25.4 billion yen at the box office since its March release in Japan. It held the No. 1 position for 19 consecutive weeks and is still showing in theaters even though it has already been released on DVD.
Currently, "Frozen" is in 3rd place in the all-time high Japan box office rankings behind Studio Ghibli's 2001 film "Spirited Away" (30.4 billion yen) and 1997's "Titanic" (26.2 billion yen), according to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan.
"Frozen" holds the No. 1 spot for most successful animated Disney film ever, not only in Japan, but across the globe, earning more than $1.2 billion in global ticket sales.
The dubbed Japanese version has also proven particularly popular. Sayaka Kanda, 27, who is the daughter of singer Seiko Matsuda, provides the voice for the protagonist in the Japanese version, while actress Takako Matsu voices the character of Elsa. Matsu's Japanese version of the hit song "Let It Go" ("Ari no Mama de") got nearly 100 million hits on YouTube, Sports Nippon reported.
In addition, the movie’s soundtrack has sold more than 500,000 copies -- the first time since "Titanic" that a movie soundtrack has sold over 500,000 copies. The highest-selling movie soundtrack in Japan is 1992′s "The Bodyguard," starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, with 1.89 million CDs sold.© Japan Today