Indeed, it looks like Deadpool's reign has finally come to an end. The Merc with a Mouth is set to be knocked off the top spot this weekend by Disney's latest animated offering Zootopia, which is expected to bring in more than $60 million.
Zootopia certainly appeals to a wider audience. Rated PG, it tells the story of rabbit Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) as she attempts to establish herself as a cop in a city inhabited by other anthropomorphic animals. Little Judy faces challenges from her boss, Police Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) and a cheeky fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), both of who you can introduce yourself to by watching the trailer below:
The animated adventure is already off to a roaring start overseas, having racked up $90 million in territories including Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Colombia, Mexico and Argentina. Last weekend's ticket sales brought in $30 million from 31 countries, impressive compared with Deadpool's $40.2 million from more than double that amount of markets (75).
Disney has yet to release a budget for the movie, but looking at some of its most recent productions like Big Hero 6 and Frozen, it's likely to have spent around the $150 million mark.
Zootopia has also been the subject of glowing reviews and the movie's rating on Rotten Tomatoes currently stands at 100 percent. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote:
Zootopia is one of my favorite animated movies. Not one of my favorite animated movies of the last year or two, or of the last decade, or in recent memory. It's one of my favorite animated movies, period.
BuzzFeed's Alison Willmore commented on the film's clever way of tackling current issues:
It's a world in which race does not exist. But species certainly do, and they provide a fuzzier, cuddlier way for Zootopia to get at some thorny issues of prejudice and profiling.
And Katherine Pushkar from the New York Daily News was also impressed:
Right there with the likes of "Up" and "Inside Out," "Zootopia" is so well done I forgot it was animated.
Deadpool's run is far from over, though. Following three consecutive weeks at the top spot, the antihero epic continues to be a powerhouse with another $20 million expected to be brought in domestically this weekend.
Studio execs and analysts have predicted that it will probably surpass the record currently held by Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ for highest domestic gross for an R-rated Film. Deadpool currently stands at $290.44 million, with $370.8 million to beat, and global takings passed the $600 million mark last weekend.
Zootopia hits theaters on March 4.