It was a big weekend at the box office, as Zootopia opened worldwide and took in some huge numbers for Disney Animation Studios! Tina Fey’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot came in fourth place with a disappointing $7.6 million, but it at least topped the controversial Gods of Egypt, which fell to fifth place with $5 million. Although Deadpool still had plenty to celebrate as it passed the $300 million mark in North America, earning $16.3 million from 3,624 theaters in its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $311.2 million through Sunday.
London Has Fallen banked a distant second place with $21 million, a sharp decline from its predecessor Olypmus Has Fallen which opened with $30 million in 2013.
The Disney animated film brought in an estimated $73.7 million at the North American box office this weekend.
The Walt Disney Animation Studios is in the midst of another creative rebirth and Zootopia kept it going with the studio’s largest three-day opening ever.
Herds of moviegoers were expected to turn out for the animated family comedy after the film pulled in US$19.5 million on Friday from 3,827 locations.
In a year with about 15 animated films scheduled for release, other distributors may struggle to match the success of Zootopia, which some critics speculate will be turned into a series.
Disney has scored another success with Zootopia, and we aren’t too surprised as we loved it.
The reign of Deadpool is over, as Zootopia is now king of the box office jungle.
Dave Hollis, Disney’s Executive Vice President of Distribution, said “Zootopia” is the latest in a “creative renaissance” for the Disney Animation group, including “Tangled“, “Frozen”, “Big Hero 6” and “Wreck-It Ralph”. Even the struggling Risen, with an estimated $3.9 million, has much less ground to cover, with only a $20 million budget to try and make up.
Another new release “Ip Man 3″ tops the Chinese weekend box office, earning a total of 75 million dollars so far in China.