As predicted last week, Zootopia knocked Deadpool off the top spot at the weekend box office when it opened to a stunning $73.7 million — the biggest debut EVER for a non-Pixar Walt Disney animated feature. Even bigger in fact than pop culture classic Frozen, which only opened to $67.5 million but went on to make over $1 billion. Could Zootopia be set to follow in its famous footsteps?
The PG-rated adventure animation telling the story of rabbit Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) attempting to establish herself as a cop in a city inhabited by other anthropomorphic animals, also set a new record for the largest opening weekend for any animated film outside of the summer season. The movie has seen the third-biggest opening weekend for a 'not based on anything' film and its global total has already risen to $232 million.
It isn't really surprising that Disney's 55th animated feature film has broken the bank like this. The huge sales, which sit just above the $70.5 million opening weekend of Finding Nemo but below the $90 million debut of Pixar's Inside Out, were probably helped by all of the critical acclaim that the film has received in recent weeks.
Zootopia is currently maintaining an astonishing 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A Audience grade on Cinema Score, slated as something that both kids and adults can enjoy. It has received rave reviews praising not only its creative visual design but also its rather timely social commentary, really enabling it to stand out from the crowd of usual family fare. Watch the trailer below:
It seems that Walt Disney features are now just as likely to be as successful as Pixar movies, which have pretty much dominated the last decade. Following the mega success of Frozen and now Zootopia, maybe Walt Disney Animation Studios is finally reawakening its Sleeping Beauty-era level of supremacy from its long slumber. At last, a bit of competition to keep Pixar and DreamWorks on their toes.