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Deadpool is invincible. He can’t be killed. He can, however, still be beaten up quite significantly. It looks like after being king of the box office for the last three weeks the merc with a mouth is finally going to be taken down a peg, by a bunch of cute Disney animals. Zootopia is expected to have an absolutely predatory opening weekend.
According to Variety, analysts are expecting Zootopia to have an opening tally north of $60 million. Since that’s already double what Deadpool did last weekend, and it won’t be matching that number this weekend, it looks like Ryan Reynolds' superhero story will finally be going on the back burner. The only new competition comes from the Gerard Butler led London has Fallen and Tina Fey’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Neither is expected to provide much serious competition for Disney’s newest animated feature. Analyst estimates for London are around $22 million while Foxtrot sits at $12 million.
We gave Zootopia a stellar review, but we weren’t the only ones. Zootopia is being called one of Disney's great films. The buzz around the movie has been as strong as anything that Disney has seen since Frozen. The movie has all the heart and humor that you’ve come to expect from the Mouse House, but it also has jokes for the adults and a serious message that adults will hear, while kids will feel. The overwhelmingly positive reviews, it’s currently sitting at 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, will only boost what would have likely been a strong showing for Disney animation anyway. The other major family release of the year so far, Kung Fu Panda 3 saw a perfectly respectable $40 million opening, but it looks like Zootopia is going to leave that in the dust. We chalk it up to the power of sloths.
Deadpool has remained at the top of the box office since Valentine’s Day due to a combination of overwhelming success in its own right, and completely lackluster competition. Deadpool currently has their own site set on becoming the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. Meanwhile, the movies that were supposed to come over and take over the number one spot, like Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt have opened to less than impressive numbers.
Are you planning on catching Zootopia this weekend? Let us know if you’re excited for it in the comments.