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Zootopia leads charge to dethrone Deadpool

Published:Monday | March 7, 2016 | 3:00 AM
A fugitive fox and a bunny cop work together to uncover a conspiracy in Zootopia.
Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool.
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LOS ANGELES (AP)

Deadpool's' three-week reign atop the box office has ended, thanks to a handful of new openers, including Zootopia and London Has Fallen.

The top spot went to Disney's Zootopia, which staged a box office stampede in its first weekend in North American cinema with US$73.7 million, according to comScore estimates yesterday. It's the fourth highest March opening ever and a best for a Disney Animation three-day debut.

Critics and audiences love the film, which features the voices of Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin. It got a coveted A CinemaScore and a near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes score. According to exit polls, families made up 73 per cent of opening weekend audiences.

Zootopia also brought in US$63.4 million internationally, where it is in its fourth weekend. The film has grossed US$232.5 million globally to date.

In second place, London Has Fallen earned US$21.7 million, after costing a reported US$60 million to make. In its fourth weekend in cinemas Deadpool fell to third place with US$16.4 million, bringing its domestic total to a staggering US$311.2 million.

The Tina Fey comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot debuted in fourth with an estimated US$7.6 million. The film cost a reported US$35 million to produce. The movie, which finds Fey's journalist character on assignment in Afghanistan, has garnered mixed to positive reviews from critics. According to exit polls, audiences were 56 per cent female and 89 per cent over 25.

Following are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to comScore.

1. Zootopia, US$73.7m (US$63.4m international)

2. London Has Fallen, US$21.7m (US$12m international)

3. Deadpool, US$16.4m (US$21.2m international)

4. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, US$7.6m

5. Gods of Egypt, US$5m (US$15.7m international)

6. Risen, US$3.9m

7. Kung Fu Panda 3, US$3.5m (US$3.1m international)

8. The Revenant, US$3.3m (US$12.5m international)

9. Eddie The Eagle, US$3.1m

10. The Witch, US$2.5 million (US$590,000 international)