Doraemon finally puts freeze on 'Frozen’s' popularity in China

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By KK Miller, RocketNews24

We’ve been told to “let it go” more times than we can count, but fans all around the world continue to show their love for Disney’s "Frozen." Even in China, fans flocked to the theater to catch the "Frozen" fever in 2014 grossing $48.2 million at the box office.

Well that is one “record” the Disney movie is going to have to let go, as another animated movie has managed to surpass those numbers in 2015. It’s not another Pixar or Disney powerhouse though; this movie originates from Japan. If you want to know what movie beat up the "Frozen" juggernaut, you’ll have to stand by (me).

Everyone’s favorite robot cat Doraemon, had a new movie released in Japan in 2014. However, "Stand By Me Doraemon" opened on May 28 in theaters across China. Its box office gross so far is an impressive $68.2 million, which is spectacular considering this is the first Japanese movie to be released in China since "Ultraman" back in July 2012. These huge numbers have already eclipsed other box office giants like "Despicable Me 2" ($53 million) and "The Croods" ($63.3 million).

If this “blue fatty” – Doraemon’s affectionate nickname in China – continues its unlikely run, it could soon top "Big Hero 6" ($83.5 million) and even the number one highest-grossing animated movie "Kung Fu Panda 2" ($93.19 million).

"Stand By Me Doraemon" is a 3-D animated film which takes elements from many different stories in Doraemon’s history to retell the big blue cat’s story, from when Doreamon first meets Nobita all the way up when he must say goodbye and return to the future. The film was also a big success in Japan, becoming the second highest-grossing Japanese movie in 2014 and even winning the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.

Source: Hachima Kiko

Read more stories from RocketNews24. -- Bandai to release super-mega-retro-robot made up of Doraemon and friends -- Doreamon get his first ever CG overhaul in upcoming movie, “Stand By Me: Doraemon” -- Cultural differences spoiling the sing-along version of Frozen for some fans

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Sounds like a poignant, namida chodai, ending.

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