The wonderful new Disney film Zootopia scored the studio's biggest ever opening, coming in with 73 million over the weekend, which beats Frozen's 67 million opening in 2013. If you're thinking Pixar has had bigger debuts you're right, but this is Walt Disney Animation Studios we're talking about. Helped by stellar reviews and an "A" Cinemascore, it knocked Deadpool off its throne and has the family market to itself at least for the next month until The Jungle Book opens. The other new release, London Has Fallen, opened to 21 million, under the 30 million opening of the original, which went on to gross 98 million a few years ago.
Deadpool fell to third, bringing in 16 million and crossing 300 million total domestic, while Tina Fey's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot fell flat with 7.6 million, way under expectations of a double digit debut. Rounding out the top five was Gerard Butler's other movie Gods of Egypt, which has only made 22 million so far.
- Zootopia- 73.7 million
- London Has Fallen- 21.7 million
- Deadpool- 16.4 million
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot- 7.6 million
- Gods of Egypt- 5 million
The only significant specialty release this week's was Terence Malick's badly reviewed and long delayed Knight of Cups, which made just 56k in four theaters. The Best Picture winner Spotlight, increased and has now crossed 41 million, making it yet another Oscar winner to not be widely seen by the public. Next week it's 10 Cloverfield Lane, the horror sequel to the JJ Abrams produced hit from a while back, so we'll see if there are any fans who've been awaiting for this to come along. See you then.