Disney’s Zootopia bounced its way to $73.7 million in its US opening weekend, a record-setting box office debut for Disney Animation Studios, industry estimates showed Sunday.
The film about intrepid rabbit police officer Judy Hopps who works with a fox to solve a crime in the Zootopia animal kingdom topped the $67.4 million opening weekend take for 2013 Disney blockbuster Frozen.
Analysts said Zootopia was helped by very positive reviews as well as the relative lack of other family films currently in theaters.
Directed by Iranian-Swedish filmmaker Babak Najafi and starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman, the film is the sequel to 2013′s Olympus Has Fallen.
Starring Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed Marvel anti-hero, Deadpool clocked the fastest rise of any R-rated movie in history following its debut.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was in fourth place after its opening weekend, earning $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 $5 million in its second week. With a production budget of $140 million, it was on track to be the year’s first flop.