Zootopia also tops the likes of The Incredibles ($70 million, 2004) and Finding Nemo ($70 million, 2003) on opening weekend cash haul, but compared with ticket prices from ten years ago Zootopia’s total sales can’t compete.
“This is a huge debut; families flocked to ‘Zootopia, ‘” says Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for comScore. “Zootopia” is the 55th animated film for the studio. It launched to $73.7 million from a widespread release of 3,827 theaters in North America. The Foley High School graduate previously worked on the Disney animated films “Frozen” and “Big Hero 6“.
Zootopia takes place in an animal-run world and centers on the two main characters, Wilde and Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, respectively, as they work to solve a conspiracy. It earned $16.4 million, bringing its total to $311.1 million and making it the third-ever R-rated movie to clear the $300 million mark.
London Has Fallen debuted at #2 on the North American ranking, pulling in $21.7 million from 3,490 theaters. However, it came in behind expectations after earning scathing reviews. Compared with its $60 million production budget, London Has Fallen’s opening shows little promise for more than a break even in domestic sales, meaning global sales will have to pick up the slack. Angela Bassett, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman return alongside Gerard Butler. War films and political comedies can be tough sells – witness the financial failures of “Charlie Wilson’s War”, “Our Brand is Crisis”, and “Jarhead” – and “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” appears to be no exception. The PG-rated movie, which also touches on the issues of modern human society such as race relations, was critically well received, with 98% positive reviews, according to RottenTomatoes.com. However, the audience for the movie was noticeably older, coming in at over 25 and 56% female.