'Frozen' sets Disney box office opening record in Japan, 'Need For Speed' reels in audiences in China

By Daniel S Levine,

The international box office was filled with Hollywood movies this weekend. Frozen finally opened in Japan and set an opening weekend record there for Disney. Meanwhile, Aaron Paul’s Need for Speed made more money in China than it did domestically.

Although Frozen is reaching home video in the U.S. this week, it is just reaching cinemas in Japan, the third-largest film market in the world. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film made $9.6 million (¥986.4 million) in three days, a new opening record for the studio. It also tripled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’s $3 million (¥313 million) opening earlier this month. That was the previous high for an imported movie in Japan this year.

Frozen was still bringing in North American audiences this weekend, as well. Box Office Mojo’s chart shows that the movie was in ninth place this weekend, adding $2.1 million. The movie has now made $1.02 billion worldwide.

Meanwhile, Need for Speed finally found some traction in China this weekend. According to Deadline, the film made $45.6 million overseas, grossing $21.2 million in China. The poorly-received film made more in China than in the U.S., where it only grossed $17.8 million.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman won the U.S. box office this weekend with $21.2 million. 300: Rise of an Empire made $19.1 million.

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