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Hollywood is losing Japan box office to local body swap tale

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MOVE over, Hollywood - Japanese moviegoers are shopping local these days.

While Walt Disney Co claimed all five of the highest-grossing movies worldwide in 2016, the top spot in the world's fourth-largest box office was a body-swapping, gender-bending animated coming-of-age story, beating out Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the two best performers globally.

Your Name, a story about two star-crossed high-schoolers who switch bodies when they dream, hit theatres last summer as an unheralded feature from a director who had never before made a blockbuster.

And although it didn't feature at the Academy Awards on Sunday - where Disney's dominance extended to the Oscar...

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