Disney’s fantasy update opened to $7.1 million — the year’s biggest for a live-action movie there — to displace “Frozen” after four months. The Disney Animation blockbuster has taken in more than $240 million from Japan since opening at No. 1 there on March 15.
“Frozen” is the highest-grossing Disney film ever in Japan, and ranks behind only “Titanic” as the biggest box-office hit ever in that country. “Frozen” is the biggest animated movie of all time, with more than $1.2 billion in global grosses.
“Maleficent,” by far Jolie’s biggest movie ever, is up to $630 million globally.
“We’ve had an incredible run with ‘Frozen’ and it’s been a terrific platform for exposing audiences to ‘Maleficent’,” Disney’s head of distribution Dave Hollis told TheWrap. “There are some significant similarities between the films — its female-empowering message, for one — and we think it will be embraced there.”