‘Zootopia’ Tops Box Office Food Chain With $70 Million Debut

'Zootopia' Rules Box Office With $70
Courtesy of Disney

Disney’s “Zootopia” is apex predator at the box office this weekend with an expected three-day haul around $70 million, according to studio estimates.

Herds of moviegoers are expected to turn out for the animated family comedy on Saturday and Sunday after the pic pulled in $19.5 million on Friday from 3,827 locations. Should estimates hold, “Zootopia” will set the new record for biggest non-Pixar Disney debut weekend, currently held by 2014’s “Big Hero 6” and its $56 million launch. It also has a shot at becoming the 12th animated movie to premiere to more than $70 million, a list led by the 2007 launch of “Shrek the Third” at $121 million.

“Zootopia” stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman as an anthropomorphic bunny and fox, respectively, who are forced to work together despite their predator-prey dynamics. In his review of the filmVariety critic Peter Debruge likens “Zootopia” to “a classic L.A.-style detective story, a la ‘The Big Lebowski’ or ‘Inherent Vice,’ yielding an adult-friendly whodunit with a chipper ‘you can do it!’ message for the cubs.”

Those seeking less cuddly fare will flock to “London Has Fallen” and “Deadpool.”

“London Has Fallen,” the Gerard Butler-starring follow-up to 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen,” will finish the weekend in second place with a projected $21 million weekend total. The R-rated Focus Features actioner took in $7.5 million on Friday from 3,490 locations.

“Deadpool,” which ruled the box office for the past three weekends, finally slips to third place in its fourth frame with an expected three-day take of $16 million. Fox’s R-rated superhero comedy starring Ryan Reynolds brought in $4.7 million Friday night, unspooling in 3,624 locations. “Deadpool’s” domestic cume will cross $300 million by the end of the frame.

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” also debuts this weekend in 2,374 locations. Starring Tina Fey and Margot Robbie, the Middle East-set war dramedy took in $2.4 million on Friday and should generate a three-day total around $7 million.

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  4. Dan Matthews says:

    Frozen made $67m opening weekend, so surely that is Disney Animation’s current best weekend?

    • JimG. says:

      I assume that because Frozen was released in one theater for its first weekend grossing 243t that its 67m weekend would be considered the 2d weekend. Big Hero 6’s 56m was in its 1st weekend of release.

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  8. propecia says:

    If it’s already made 70 million dollars as of MARCH 5, 2016 | 08:10AM PT, the time this article was written, who knows how big it’s goign to get for the full weekend? 200 million dollar opening?

    • me says:

      “…AN EXPECTED THREE-DAY HAUL AROUND $70 million”.

      Herds of moviegoers are expected to turn out ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AFTER THE PIC PULLED IN $19.5 ON FRIDAY”.

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