March 6, 2016

Box Office Roundup: ‘Zootopia’ Breaks Free

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Written by: Peter Towe
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Disney’s Zootopia set box office records taking in an estimated $73.7 million in its opening weekend at the box office.  This tops the previous March animated opening weekend, which belonged to 2012’s The Lorax with $70.2 million.  Zootopia also ranks as the ninth largest animated opening ever, a very impressive feat.  Zootopia has also been a hit with critics, as well as overseas appeal raking in a total of $232.5 million worldwide.

The sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen finished its opening weekend in a distant second with $21.7 million.  The first film finished its opening weekend with $30.s million and ended up domestically grossing a total of $98.9 million.  London may have a tough time reaching the same numbers, with a much lower critical and audience score than Olympus.  Move along, nothing new to see here.

Finishing third was Deadpool, which crossed the $300 million domestic mark, and becoming the third highest grossing R-rated film of all-time behind American Sniper ($350.1 million) and Passion of the Christ ($370.7 million).  I’m glad to see Deadpool continuing to do well, and am hopeful for the future of everything R-rated in the various cinematic comic book universes.

The other wide-release of the weekend was Tina Fey’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot which brought in an underwhelming $7.6 million, well below studio expectations.  Next weekend will see the wide-releases of 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Brothers Gimsby, neither look to pull in huge numbers.  Look for Zootopia to repeat as weekend box office champion again next weekend.

Zootopia trailer:

London Has Fallen trailer:

Deadpool Red Band trailer:

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot trailer:

Gods of Egypt trailer:

Here’s the full top-ten weekend box office results via Collider.com:

 Title       Weekend Total
1.  Zootopia $73,700,000 $73.7
2.  London Has Fallen $21,710,000 $21.7
3.  Deadpool $16,400,000 $311.1
4.  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot $7,600,000 $7.6
5.  Gods of Egypt $5,000,000 $22.8
6.  Risen $3,885,000 $28.6
7.  Kung Fu Panda 3 $3,525,000 $133.8
8.  The Revenant $3,325,000 $175.9
9.  Eddie the Eagle $3,100,000 $20.8
10.  The Witch $2,509,000 $20.9


About the Author

Peter Towe
Peter Towe

A graduate of UMASS Boston, I have successfully put off getting a “real” job, and continue to watch, produce, review, and obsess over movies. I lived in Boston while I completed my degree, and now live in Chicago trying the improv thing.


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