It was a good weekend for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Some would argue the House of Mouse is in the midst of its Second Disney Renaissance, and the weekend performance of Zootopia definitely supports that notion. Per Box Office Mojo, Zootopia scored an estimated $73.7 million at the domestic box office this weekend. That marks Disney Animation Studios’ largest three-day opening weekend ever, even bigger than Frozen, which opened with $67.3 million in late 2013. In addition, Zootopia is off to a great start overseas, having brought in $158 million. That brings the film’s current worldwide total to an estimated $232.5 million.
Zootopia will probably have very good word of mouth and strong weekend performances before the coming release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film scored 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer. The film also did exceedingly well with audiences, scored A on CinemaScore.
Pixar may have taken the Oscar last month for Best Animated Feature with Inside Out, but Disney seems to be producing one hit after another and creating a bunch of new franchise. Big Hero 6, which also won Disney an Academy Award, just got announced for a new TV series too. The hit film Tangled is also getting its own TV series. So it makes one wonder if Disney will want to continue Zootopia with more movies or possibly a TV show.
Elsewhere, Deadpool continues to rake in the dollars. The Marvel Comics-based property, produced by 20th Century Fox, brought in another $16.4 million this weekend to bring its current US total to an estimated $311.1 million. In addition, the film is sitting at $673 million worldwide and climbing. Deadpool breaking $300 million is pretty significant. No other X-Men film has hit that number in its US release.