Moviegoers were treated to up to five major releases this week at the box-office, with Disney’s “Zootopia” the hands-down favorite to win the first weekend in March.
As predicted the latest animated feature from Walt Disney Studios easily dominated the domestic box-office over its opening weekend debut with $73.7M across 3,827 locations. “Zootopia” was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, working from a screenplay written by Jared Bush and Phil Johnston. The film features the voice-talents of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Bonnie Hunt, J.K. Simmons and Shakira.
From Focus Features, “London Has Fallen” came in second this weekend with $21.7M, the film opened across 3,490 locations domestically. “London Has Fallen” was directed by Babak Najafi, working from a screenplay written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt. The film stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman.
FOX’s “Deadpool” managed to remain in the top-three this week with $16.4M domestically. The film remained in 3,624 locations over the weekend, and has now earned $311M in just four-weeks. “Deadpool” was directed by Tim Miller with character writers Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza attached to the project. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin and T.J. Miller.
“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” from Paramount Pictures debuted to fourth-place overall this weekend with just $7.6M at the domestic box-office. The film opened to 2,374 over the weekend and was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. The book was based on the original novel written by Kim Barker called “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan“. Baker co-wrote the screenplay with Robert Carlock. Tina Fey, Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman star in the film.
In fifth-place this week was “Gods of Egypt” from Lionsgate. The struggling film dropped from second-place to fifth-place this weekend as it continues to bomb at the box-office. The film made $5M over the weekend, raising the running total to just over $22.8M domestically. The film had an estimated budget of $140M. “Gods of Egypt” was directed by Alex Proyas, working off a script written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The film stars Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gerard Butler.
In the limited and specialty box-office “The Other Side of the Door” from FOX earned $1.2M across just 546 locations. The horror-thriller was directed by Johannes Roberts, working from a script that he co-wrote with Ernest Riera. The film stars Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto and Sofia Rosinsky.
“Knight of Cups” began its limited-release this week earning $56,688 in just four theaters. The film was written and directed by Terrence Malick, and stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman.