Walt Disney Animation’s latest animated offering, Zootopia, took the top spot on the box office chart for the weekend of March 4-6, 2016. The fact it took the number one spot over its opening weekend came as no surprise, however the amount it rang up during its first weekend in domestic release was more than anticipated. Zootopia brought in $73.7 million over its first three days, making it the biggest grossing original animated release by Disney (not associated with Pixar). The animated animal film also set a record as the biggest March opening for an animated movie, pushing The Lorax and its $70 million into second place.
Coming in third on the weekend box office chart was Gerard Butler’s new action film, London Has Fallen – the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. Butler’s Gods of Egypt tanked at the box office over the weekend of February 26-28th, but he had much better luck this weekend reprising his role as a Secret Service Agent in charge of protecting the U.S. President played by Aaron Eckhart. The weekend’s other new wide release was the comedy/drama Whiskey Tango Foxtrot starring Tina Fey which under-performed at $7.6 million.
Zootopia Plot: The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.
Box Office Top 10: March 4 – 6, 2016
- Zootopia – $73,700,000
- London Has Fallen – $21,714,000
- Deadpool – $16,400,000
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – $7,600,000
- Gods of Egypt – $5,000,000
- Risen – $3,885,000
- Kung Fu Panda 3 – $3,525,000
- The Revenant – $3,325,000
- Eddie the Eagle – $3,100,000
- The Witch – $2,509,453