The Oscar-winning Disney animated feature “Frozen,” which opened in Japan on March 14, has remained the top box office earner in Japan for five straight weeks.
According to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, the film -- which is titled "Anna and the Snow Queen" for Japan -- has so far earned more than 9.28 billion yen and is expected to surpass the 10-billion yen mark by next weekend.
The association said more than 7 million people had seen the film so far at Japanese theaters, with the dubbed Japanese version particularly popular. Sayaka Kanda, 27, who is the daughter of singer Seiko Matsuda, provides the voice for the protagonist in the Japanese version.
A critical and commercial success in the U.S., “Frozen” has made more than $1.1 billion overseas. It is the culmination of a revival driven by fierce competition and the Disney studio’s purchase of rival Pixar in 2006, bringing boss John Lasseter into the Disney fold.© Japan Today