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Box Office: ‘Zootopia’ to Outdo ‘Allegiant’s’ $30 Million Debut

Shailene Woodley’s Tris and Ginnifer Goodwin’s Officer Judy Hopps are locked in a tight race for box office bragging rights this weekend, with Disney’s “Zootopia” expected to come out victorious.

Lionsgate’s “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” took in $12 million from 3,740 locations on Friday, portending a three-day total around $30 million.

“Allegiant’s” opening weekend represents a major dip for the franchise; “Divergent” opened to $54.6 million in 2014 and “Insurgent” picked up $52.3 million in its 2015 debut. “Divergent” wound up with $150.9 million in total domestic grosses and “Insurgent” took in $130.2 million. The series, based on a collection of young adult novels by Veronica Roth, follows heroine Tris through a dystopian Chicago as she rebels against the fascist system that rules its inhabitants. Theo James, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller also star. A fourth chapter in the franchise — “Ascendant” — is due out next year.

Disney’s “Zootopia,” on the other hand, continues to surpass expectations, with as much as $40 million expected from this weekend, its third frame. The animated social equality-driven animal pic picked up $10 million from 3,959 sites on Friday, forecasting a domestic cume of more than $200 million by Sunday’s end. Jason Bateman also stars.

In a distant third place is Paramount’s intense thriller “10 Cloverfield Lane,” spiritual sequel to the 2008 “Cloverfield.” The John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead starrer took in $3.7 million from 3,427 locations on Friday, tracking for a weekend total of $12 million. The film opened to $25 million and a buzzy critical reception last weekend.

Jennifer Garner-starring faith-based outing “Miracles From Heaven” made its debut earlier this week, picking up $4.1 million more on Friday from 3,047 locations. The Sony release is slated for a five-day total of $15.8 million, on track to be the fourth biggest opening for a faith-based film.

“We’ve seen before, with projects like ‘Heaven is for Real,’ that audiences want more uplifting films that can inspire the whole family,” producer/minister DeVon Franklin told Variety. “This is a film that we are incredibly proud of and I am excited to see the impact of this powerful true story on families all around the country.”

In fifth place is the unsinkable “Deadpool,” which nabbed $2.3 million on Friday from 2,924 locations. Fox’s Ryan Reynolds starrer should add a weekend total of $8 million to is massive cumulative U.S. gross, which will near $350 million by Sunday’s end.

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