Box Office: “Zootopia” sets the Disney (not Pixar) opening record


Yes, “Deadpool” will have topped $300 million by midnight Sunday.

Based on Friday’s numbers, the first blockbuster of the new year will pull in another $16 million, A MONTH AFTER OPENING. People are going back to catch all the jokes, I figure.

But The Mouse House is where the champagne is popping this AM (Mimosas, anyone?). “Zootopia” lets Disney put up numbers for an in-house cartoon that only its partner, Pixar, has been able to manage previously. It’s a $70million+ weekend for the film, based on Friday’s robust take.

“Zootopia” is more message than merriment, in my estimation. But it’s smart and ambitious and has earned some of the best reviews of any recent animated film.

“London Has Fallen” is doing decent action pic numbers — especially for March. A Gerard Butler $22 million opening hit? Sure. “Olympus Has Fallen” set the bar high and this sequel came close to it. Terrible movie, but nobody ever went broke underestimating the tastes of action movie buffs.

I think all Tina Fey fans should be happy for her getting to stretch and showing a little leg and sex appeal in her dotage. Ahem. But I could tell, all week, just by blog numbers for my review of “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” that she’s passe to the kids who dominate the moviegoing populace. A middling $7 million for a pretty decent, edgy Afghan War comedy? Come on. Those are “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” numbers. Show up, people!






About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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