Zootopia Shatters Frozen Record

Animated flick scores $73.7 million for Disney
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 6, 2016 1:02 PM CST
Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, left, Nick Wilde, voiced by Jason Bateman, second left, in a scene from "Zootopia."   (Disney via AP)
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(Newser) Deadpool's three-week reign atop the box office has ended thanks to a handful of new openers including Zootopia and London Has Fallen. The top spot went to Disney's Zootopia, reports the AP, which staged a box office stampede in its first weekend in theaters with an estimated $73.7 million, according to the studio. It's the fourth highest March opening ever and a best for Disney Animation—besting even Frozen, which USA Today notes only pulled in $67.4 million in its 2013 debut weekend. "This is a huge debut, families flocked to Zootopia," an analyst says.

In second place, London Has Fallen, a sequel to the Die Hard in the White House Olympus Has Fallen, earned $21.7 million. Deadpool fell to third with $16.4 million, bringing its domestic total to a staggering $311.2 million. The Tina Fey comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, meanwhile, debuted in fourth with an estimated $7.6 million. The film cost a reported $35 million to produce. (Read more box office stories.)

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