You knew at some point “Deadpool” would lose his grip on the top of the box office. But I didn’t expect it would come courtesy of a bunch of furry woodland creatures.
Families invaded movie theatres this weekend to see Disney’s latest animated film, “Zootopia,” making the film scored Walt Disney Animation Studios’ largest three-day opening ever with in an estimated $73.7 million from 3,827 theaters. In IMAX, “Zootopia” brought in $5.2 million from 366 screens, making it the second best animated IMAX opening behind only “Toy Story 3” ($8.4 million).
“Zootopia” also has a solid 98% score on RottenTomatoes and received an “A” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. All of which bodes very well for the remainder of its domestic theatrical run. In addition to the film’s strong performancestates-side, “Zootopia” played well in its fourth weekend in international release where its earnings are now up to $158.8 million, giving it a $232.5 million global total.
Coming in second place was action sequel “London Has Fallen.” The R-rated film performed pretty much as expected, bringing in $21.7 million to go along with a somewhat surprising “A-” CinemaScore. So while “London Has Fallen” didn’t open to blockbuster numbers, at least Gerard Butler had a better week than last week.
Coming in a distant fourth was Paramount’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” with an estimated $7.6 million from 2,374 theaters and a “B” CinemaScore. Budgeted at $35 million, this is well below most expectation, including the studio’s. The film played to an audience that was 89% over the age of 25 and broken down 44% male vs 56% female.
In other box office news, “Deadpool” became only the third R-rated movie to ever cross the $300 million mark as it brought in an estimated $16.4 million this weekend bringing its overall total to $311.1 million.
The movie also passed “Man of Steel” during the week to become the fourth highest grossing superhero origin feature of all-time. As of Sunday, “Deadpool” was only $7.3 million behind “Iron Man” for third place on the same chart.