Bunny cop outguns Butler, Reynolds at US box office

ANIMAL ATTRACTION: Zootopia broke the Disney Animation opening weekend record of US$67.4 million set by Frozen to claw in US$73.7 million stateside.


    Mar 08, 2016

    Bunny cop outguns Butler, Reynolds at US box office


    DISNEY'S Zootopia hopped its way to US$73.7 million (S$101.9 million) in its opening weekend in the United States, a record-setting box-office debut for the company's animation studio, industry estimates showed on Sunday.

    The film by Walt Disney Animation Studios - about intrepid rabbit police officer Judy Hopps, who works with a fox to solve a crime in the Zootopia animal kingdom - surpassed the US$67.4 million opening weekend take for 2013 Disney blockbuster Frozen.

    Analysts said Zootopia was helped by positive reviews as well as the lack of other family films currently in theatres.

    Action thriller London Has Fallen was a distant second, earning US$21.7 million in its opening weekend, according to the estimates from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

    Directed by Iranian-Swedish film-maker Babak Najafi and starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman, the film is the sequel to 2013's Olympus Has Fallen.

    Superhero blockbuster Deadpool dropped to the third spot with US$16.4 million, contributing to its US$311.2 million takings over four weeks.

    Starring Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed Marvel anti-hero, Deadpool clocked the fastest rise of any R-rated movie in history after its debut.

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was in fourth place after its opening weekend, earning US$7.6 million.

    The comedy starring Tina Fey was based on Kim Barker's memoir of being a female war reporter in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Falling from the second spot to fifth, Gods Of Egypt, which also stars Butler, took US$5 million in its second week.

    With a production budget of US$140 million, it is on track to being the year's first flop.