‘Zootopia’ Sets China Box Office Record for Single-Day Animated Film Gross

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Zootopia” has been a wild hit with American audiences. Now it’s showing its stripes overseas.

Disney’s latest animated outing is scoring big in China, setting the country’s new record for largest single-day gross for an animated film with $25 million on Saturday. The pic is creeping up on “Kung Fu Panda 3’s” current record as top animated release ever in China; “Zootopia” is set to cross $100 million there this weekend, while “Panda” currently stands at a cume of $152 million after bowing in late January.

Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman star in the progressive tale of a determined bunny police officer and a fox swindler who join forces to uncover a missing animal case. The film’s equal rights message has drawn audiences by the herds; “Zootopia” has topped the U.S. box office for two consecutive weekends.

In his review of the filmVariety critic Peter Debruge calls “Zootopia” a “decades-later correction to ‘Song of the South,'” and praises the eponymous metropolis as “a city that only the Mouse House could imagine, and one that lends itself surprisingly well 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.”