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Zootopia beats back Allegiant

Published:Monday | March 21, 2016 | 3:00 AM
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LOS ANGELES (AP)

Zootopia continues to run wild over its rivals in its third weekend in cinemas, stomping all over the launch of Allegiant, the third film in the Divergent series.

The animated Disney film, featuring the voices of Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin, earned US$38 million this weekend to take first place once again, according to www.comScore.com estimates yesterday. It has now earned US$201.8 million domestically.

It stole the thunder from The Divergent Series: Allegiant, starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, which opened in second place with an estimated US$29.1 million from 3,740 locations.

It's a new low for the series based on Veronica Roth's novels, which both opened north of US$50 million, but not unexpected. Lionsgate broke up Roth's final book into two movies, the second of which, Ascendant, launches next year. And, like Twilight and The Hunger Games, it is not unusual for part one of a two-film finale to fall short of some of its

predecessors.

One genre that does seem to produce near-consistent hits is that of the faith-based film.

The latest entry, Sony's Miracles From Heaven, took third place this weekend with an impressive US$15 million. The film, starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah, opened Wednesday. It's earned US$18.6 million to date, and cost only US$13 million to produce.

The weekend overall was about on par with last year, but the 2016 box office is thriving, up 10.5 per cent from 2015 a number that is likely to rise when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens next weekend.

Following are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through yesterday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to www.comScore.com. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through yesterday are also included.

1. Zootopia, US$38m (US$64.8m international)

2. The Divergent Series: Allegiant, US$29.1m (US$22m international)

3. Miracles From Heaven, US$15m

4. 10 Cloverfield Lane, US$12.5m (US$5m international)

5. Deadpool, US$8m (US$6.1m international)

6. London Has Fallen, US$6.9m (US$10m international)

7. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, US$2.8m

8. The Perfect Match, US$1.9m

9. The Brothers Grimsby, US$1.4m (US$2.6m international)

10. The Revenant, US$1.2m (US$36.4m international)