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Zootopia enjoyed a roaringly strong third weekend, dropping just 25% from last week. That helped it add $38 million this weekend, narrowly cruising past $200 million. At this rate it will pass Big Hero 6 to become Disney's third highest grossing non-Pixar animated film (yeah, that's a lot of caveats) behind The Lion King ($312 million, 1994) and Frozen ($400 million, 2013).
The Divergent Series fell hard as the third entry to the franchise, Allegiant, debuted in second place with just $29 million. That's almost half of what the $50+ million both previous movies made and marks the first time a franchise entry didn't open at number. Given the lackluster start, it may also be the first to fail to pass the $100 million mark.
The disappointing start doesn't quite qualify as a bomb, given that international sales will help recover its $110 million production budget, but it raises questions over how well the in pre-production fourth film, due out in Summer 2017, will perform.
Miracles from Heaven was the best reviewed new movie this weekend (with 54% at Rotten Tomatoes, that isn't saying too much) and with a third place opening weekend of $15 million, cleared its modest $13 million production budget.
If you're a fan of The Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch you might bave been eagerly awaiting the movie she co-wrote and starred in, The Bronze. Apparently, however, you didn't go see it. Critically panned, the movie performed poorly even by small release standards.
It banked less than $500 per theater (which, given ticket prices, means on average fewer than 70 people saw it at each of its 1,100+ locations... all weekend). With less than $500,000 it opened somewhere in the twenties place on the chart. For comparison, Kapoor & Sons, a foreign language Indian romantic comedy starring a bunch of actors most Americans have probably never heard of banked almost $1 million in fewer than 150 venues this weekend, its first in domestic theaters.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: