By Daniel Garris
Disney's Zootopia took in $4.49 million on Thursday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was up a strong 25 percent over Wednesday and down just 1 percent from last Thursday. Grosses in general yesterday were helped out by those off for Holy Thursday. Zootopia was the week's top film with a weekly take of $53.64 million. That was down just 25 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a very impressive $217.41 million.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant held steady in second place with $1.90 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's young adult franchise starring Shailene Woodley was up 14 percent over Wednesday. Allegiant placed in second for the week with a softer than expected seven-day start of $37.11 million. The film is currently running a very underwhelming 42 percent below the $64.32 million seven-day start of last year's The Divergent Series: Insurgent.
Sony's Miracles from Heaven grossed an estimated $1.60 million to remain in third. The modestly budgeted faith-based film starring Jennifer Garner was up a healthy 22 percent over Wednesday and down only 4 percent from last Thursday. Miracles from Heaven took third place for the week with $21.07 million and has grossed $24.63 million in nine days. The film is running in line with expectations and is performing nicely with its modest price tag in mind.
Paramount's 10 Cloverfield Lane followed in fourth place with $1.07 million. The J.J. Abrams produced thriller declined 1 percent from Wednesday and 28 percent from last Thursday. 10 Cloverfield Lane passed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed $50.01 million in two weeks. The film took fourth place for the week with $17.33 million, which represented a 47 percent decline from the film's opening week performance.
Deadpool rounded out the day's unchanged top five with an estimated $0.825 million. The Ryan Reynolds led blockbuster antihero film from Fox decreased 2 percent from Wednesday and 19 percent from last Thursday. Deadpool finished in fifth this week with $11.53 million. That was down 26 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's six-week total to a massive $344.47 million.