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After three weeks at number one Deadpool finally ran out of steam, making way for another movie to have an exceptional opening weekend.
Zootopia made a huge splash in theaters this weekend landing an easy number on. Its $73 million opening is the highest ever for a Disney animated feature, vaulting over Big Hero 6's $56 million debut in 2014.
This marks the first time since the arrival of Pixar that Disney animation studios has cranked out an animated movie capable of competing with its sister studio's top openers. It falls short of major hitters like Toy Story 3 ($110 million, 2010) and Inside Out ($90 million, 2015) but bests the likes of Brave ($66 million, 2012) and Cars 2 ($66 million, 2011).
Zootopia also tops the likes of The Incredibles ($70 million, 2004) and Finding Nemo ($70 million, 2003) on opening weekend cash haul, but compared with ticket prices from ten years ago Zootopia's total sales can't compete.
London Has Fallen banked a distant second place with $21 million, a sharp decline from its predecessor Olypmus Has Fallen which opened with $30 million in 2013. Compared with its $60 million production budget, London Has Fallen's opening shows little promise for more than a break even in domestic sales, meaning international sales will have to pick up the slack.
Olympus earned around $60 million internationally, but it involved blowing up the White House and antagonizing the United States. No word yet on how interested the world will be in seeing London get the same treatment.
Tina Fey's latest comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot failed to hit the target this weekend, banking just $7 million against a $35 million production price tag. That's not great for Fey, but even less exciting for directing team John Requa and Glen Ficarra whose last two films Focus and Crazy, Stupid, Love. were modest box office successes.
Deadpool dropped to third place, adding $16 million to its now $311 million domestic total. That makes it third highest grossing rated-R movie, behind American Sniper ($350 million, 2014) and The Passion of the Christ ($370 million, 2004).
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: