Weekend box office: Zootopia easily beats London Has Fallen

As a general rule, you should never bet against an animated film and Disney once again proves that with their latest non-Pixar animated film, ZOOTOPIA.  The film easily took the top spot at the weekend box office, racking up more than $70 million.  That was enough to triple the take of the second movie, LONDON HAS FALLEN.  I don’t think anyone was clamoring for a sequel to OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, but we got it anyway and with an opening of barely $20 million, I don’t know if that will be enough to generate a third film.  Tina Fey’s latest offering, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT came in fourth place, but easily takes the award for the worst marketed movie of the year.  Is it a comedy, is it a drama, is it romantic?  No one knows because all we got from the trailer and TV spots was Tina Fey cracking some one-liners.

Next week features a slew of odd new releases.  First up is 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, which came out of nowhere a couple of months ago and people are still confused how this relates to the original CLOVERFIELD.  For now, it feels like it’s just ripping off the name to bring attention to it.  Then we have THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY, which loos terrible.  At this point, it seems like Sacha Baron Cohen is just trying too hard.  Then we have a couple of dark horses, including the religious themed THE YOUNG MESSIAH and the rom-com THE PERFECT MATCH, neither of which seem to be marketed very well.  My guess is the top three movies won’t change much next weekend and ZOOTOPIA should have an easy time repeating at the top spot.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Zootopia $72.3m

2. London Has Fallen $21.6m

3. Deadpool $16.8m

4. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot $7.2m

5. Gods of Egypt $4.7m

6. Risen $3.8mTriple 9 $5.7

7. The Revenant $3.6m

8. Kung Fu Panda 3 $3.5m

9. Eddie the Eagle $3.3m

10. The Witch $2.4m

(Deadline)

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