"Kung Fu Panda 3," distributed by CJ Entertainment, brushed aside "The Revenant" and debuted on top of the the Korean box office.
The Japanese box office was up in 2015 in admissions, local currency and dollar terms. Most of the gain went to Hollywood as local market share slipped.
"Star Wars" held on to top spot. But at the weekend, "The Force Awakens" was beaten by a single day of previews for "Kung Fu Panda 3."
Cold weather in Northern Asia chilled the Korean box office, which had its quietest late January weekend for five years.
Australian films had a record breaking year at their domestic box office, which powered ahead by 14% to a new high.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" passed $100 million at the mainland Chinese box office on Tuesday.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" won its third consecutive weekend at the Japanese box office.
"The Force Awakens" topped the Chinese box office in its first full week. But in its second weekend it was beaten by "Boonie Bears III."
China's media regulators will this week launch a new round of their regular campaign against box office fraud.
Fox's "The Revenant" opened on top of the Korean box office, earning $5.5 million from 821,000 admissions between Thursday and Sunday.
The first major Hollywood movie to be released in China for a month, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opened with record breaking fanfare.