'Zootopia' Scores March Opening Day Record for Original Animated Film with $19.5M; 'London Has Fallen' Bows to Decent $7.6M; 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' Soft at $2.4M

on March 05, 2016 by BoxOffice Staff

Disney's Zootopia scored an excellent $19.469 million opening day on Friday, easily taking first place with the second highest March opening day ever for an animated title (behind Ice Age: The Meltdown's $21.8 million) and the best ever among the month's original animated films. Yesterday's fantastic start also topped Disney Animation's previous hit, Big Hero 6, by over 23 percent. Early word of mouth is incredibly strong across all ages with a phenomenal 98 percent critics' score on Rotten Tomatoes and an equally impressive 95 percent Flixster score this morning. There's no doubt the film will be playing strongly for weeks to come as Disney's Midas touch extends to yet another film. For the weekend, BoxOffice projects a tally around $70.3 million with potential to go a bit higher. That number, though, would send it past The Lorax's $70.2 million to become the highest March opening weekend ever for an animated release. It would also give Disney three of the top four March opening weekends of all-time (Alice In Wonderland's $116 million and Oz the Great and Powerful's $79.1 million trail only The Hunger Games' $152.5 million March record).

Focus Features' London Has Fallen bagged an opening day of $7.591 million, a fairly healthy start for the action sequel despite coming in 24.5 percent behind the $10.06 million first day of its 2013 predecessor, Olympus Has Fallen. Early reception for the sequel appears lukewarm as well with a 63 percent Flixster score this morning, although significantly better than the 27 percent mark from Rotten Tomatoes critics. By comparison, Taken 3 and Non-Stop earned respective Flixster scores of 73 percent and 74 percent after their first days. For the weekend, we're projecting London to take in close to $20.5 million. From there, the sequel will need to perform well overseas to justify the pic's estimated $105 million production budget.

Deadpool tacked on another $4.7 million yesterday, per Fox. That marks a 47 percent week-to-week decline and brings its domestic haul up to an impressive $299.5 million through just 22 days. By comparison, the film stands 25 percent ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy's had $239.1 million through the same point. The "Merc with a Mouth" should take in around $17 million this weekend.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot debuted in third place on Friday with an estimated $2.434 million opening day. Despite Tina Fey's considerable fan base, that marks a relatively disappointing start for the war dramedy as it came in just ahead of fellow Tina-led Admission's $2.05 million first day. Word of mouth is divided early on with a 64 percent audience score, "B" CinemaScore, and 61 percent critic rating, but Fey's presence could ultimately help the film eek out some type of staying power in the coming weeks. BoxOffice projects a $6.9 million opening weekend.

Gods of Egypt claimed fifth place on Friday with $1.34 million, down 72 percent from last Friday and giving it an eight-day haul of $19.2 million. BoxOffice projects $4.4 million this weekend.

Three-time Oscar winner The Revenant continued to enjoy post-awards momentum as it decreased just 9 percent from last Friday to $0.885 million in seventh place yesterday. Naturally, Leo's Best Actor win is the largest attribution to the second wave of interest in the film which has now amassed $173.5 million domestically. BoxOffice projects a $3.5 million weekend.

Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight nearly doubled its theater count this weekend from 685 to 1,227, resulting in a $477,303 take on Friday. That brings the film to $40.3 million in all domestically up to this point. Look for a weekend figure around $2.1 million.

Last but not least, Star Wars: The Force Awakens eased 37 percent from last Friday to $0.42 million yesterday. The all-time domestic champion's total now stands at $927.4 million as its theatrical run begins to wind down ahead of its home video release in April. This weekend should tally around $1.8 million.

Unfortunately, Fox had not released opening day figures for The Other Side of the Door at the time of publishing.

Tags: Deadpool, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, London Has Fallen, Zootopia

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