After dethroning 20th Century Fox's Deadpool at the box office last weekend, Disney's Zootopia was easily expected to remain on top during its second frame in theaters. The animated comedy faced Paramount's low-budget thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, Sony's R-rated comedy The Brothers Grimsby, Focus Features' historical drama The Young Messiah and Lionsgate's The Perfect Match, none of which were expected to take down Zootopia. Box Office Mojo reports that Zootopia did in fact come out on top for the second weekend in a row, earning a healthy $50 million.
Zootopia only dropped an impressive 33.4% in its second weekend, with its current domestic tally at $142.6 million and an international total of $288.7 million for a global take of $431.3 million. The movie is a huge hit with critics, scoring a 99% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Zootopia should do well with repeat viewing. Zootopia earned a healthy $13,065 per-screen average, with the movie playing in 3,827 theaters.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together-a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. The voice cast is rounded out by Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons and Octavia Spencer.
The top newcomer this week will be 10 Cloverfield Lane, which took in $25.2 million during its opening weekend. This thriller was followed by three holdovers, Deadpool ($10.8 million) London Has Fallen ($10.6 million) and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ($4.6 million), which rounded out the top 5. The Perfect Match debuted in sixth place with $4.1 million, followed by The Young Messiah with $3.4 million and The Brothers Grimsby with $3.1 million. The Brothers Grimsby and The Perfect Match didn't fare so well with critics, with 38% and 33%, respectively, on Rotten Tomatoes, but 10 Cloverfield Lane (91% Fresh) and The Young Messiah (63% Fresh) fared much better. 10 Cloverfield Lane had the widest release of these newcomers, with 3,391 theaters, followed by The Brothers Grimsby with 2,235 theaters, The Young Messiah with 1,761 theaters and The Perfect Match debuting in 925 theaters.
10 Cloverfield Lane has had an unusual history, first starting out as a film known as both Valencia and The Cellar under Paramount Pictures' low-budget division Paramount Insurge. When that specialty label folded, the movie went back to Paramount Pictures, who hired Daniel Casey and Damien Chazelle to rewrite the script so that it would connect to the Cloverfield universe. The story centers on a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who wakes up in the basement of a mysterious man (John Goodman). He tells her that he saved her from a car crash, and now the outside world is uninhabitable.
The Brothers Grimsby centers on Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, reunites with his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong), a deadly MI6 agent, to prevent a massive global terror attack and prove that behind every great spy is an embarrassing sibling. Nobby has everything a man from Grimsby could want, including 11 children and the most gorgeous girlfriend in the northeast of England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian, who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6's deadliest assassin, but he's just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.
The faith-based drama The Young Messiah tells the story of Jesus Christ at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity. The cast includes Sean Bean, David Bradley, Jonathan Bailey, Isabelle Adriani, Christian McKay and Lee Boardman. The Perfect Match follows a playboy named Charlie (Terrence Jenkins), who, after being convinced that all his relationships are dead, meets the beautiful and mysterious Eva (Paula Patton). After agreeing to a casual affair, Charlie starts wants a bit more from their relationship.
The top 10 is rounded out by The Perfect Match ($4.1 million), The Young Messiah ($3.4 million), The Brothers Grimsby ($3.1 million), Gods of Egypt ($2.5 million) and Risen ($2.2 million). Also opening in limited release this weekend was Bleecker Street's Eye in the Sky, which took in $117,050 from five theaters for an impressive $23,410 per-average, A24's Remember, which earned $20,000 from two theaters for a $10,000 per-screen average and FilmRise's Lolo, which earned $3,000 from just one theaters. There were no box office data released for Gravitas Ventures' Barney Thomson, Magnolia's Creative Control and Well Go USA's Rise of the Legend.
Looking ahead to next weekend, only two new movies open in wide release, Lionsgate/Summit's The Divergent Series: Allegiant and TriStar's Miracles from Heaven. Opening in limited release are Warner Bros.' Midnight Special, Paramount's The Little Prince, Sony Pictures Classics' The Bronze, A24's Krisha and Freestyle Releasing's Ktown Cowboys. Be sure to check back on tuesday, when we predict Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's box office take. Until then, take a look at this weekend's box office estimates below.
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