“Zootopia” is the new biggest hit for Disney. As predicted, the movie ends “Deadpool” reign to become a champion at North American box office in its opening weekend. The movie raked in an estimated $73.7 million, setting a new record for the biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios opening of all time.
The animated comedy featuring Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin and Shakira in the voice cast surpasses Disney’s previous biggest hit “Frozen (2013)” which opened to $67.4 million. “Zootopia” also scores the fourth-biggest March opening weekend, behind “The Hunger Games” ($152.5 million), “Alice in Wonderland” ($116.1 million) and “Oz: The Great and Powerful” ($79.1 million).
“Zootopia” has been praised by critics for its messages about prejudice and tolerance and scored A CinemaScore. “[Pixar’s John Lasseter and Ed Catmull] have installed a culture of high-quality, filmmaker-driven movies,” says Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis. The movie is expected to benefit from there being no other family films until Disney’s “The Jungle Book” opens on April 15.