Zootopia delivers another win for Pixar, and some other favorites falter.
Zootopia, the latest effort from Disney Animation, soared this weekend to $232.5 million worldwide. It launched to $73.7 million from a widespread release of 3,827 theaters in North America. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is the top showing ever for an animated feature that debuted in March and the top showing ever for Disney Animation Studios. In fact, it is the fourth March opening for any film, behind The Hunger Games ($152.5 million) and two Disney live-action titles, Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million) and Oz The Great and Powerful ($79.1 million).
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Not only a box office success, Zootopia is riding on a wave of critical success as well, with glowing reviews from critics and an A on CinemaScore.
Zootopia tells the story of a bunny cop who teams up with a fox on the run to uncover a conspiracy in the animal world. Byron Howard and Rich Moore directed the animated film, which features the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba and Jenny Slate.
Zootopia's #1 debut ends Deadpool's three-week dominance of the box office. However, that movie still has a lot to celebrate as they soared over $300 million in its fourth weekend, raking in a total of $311.2 million.
London Has Fallen debuted at #2 on the North American ranking, pulling in $21.7 million from 3,490 theaters. The movie had scathing reviews from critics, but audiences loved the movie, giving it an A- on CinemaScore. It's prequel, Olympus Has Fallen was a sleeper hit after debuting with $30.4 million. Babak Najafi directed London Has Fallen for Millennium, with Focus Features handling distribution duties. Angela Bassett, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman return alongside Gerard Butler.
Tina Fey's dramedy Whisky Tango Foxtrot also didn't achieve expectations, coming in at $7.6 million, a fairly low start for the actress.
"The movie opened just a little softer than we hoped for but Tina's movies, such as Sisters, play to a great multiple and we had a great Saturday, so we're hoping for a strong run," said Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore.
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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on journalist Kim Barker's memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman and Alfred Molina also star in the movie. The movie earned a B with CinemaScore and had good reviews. However, the audience for the movie was noticeably older, coming in at over 25 and 56% female.