The critically lauded anthropomorphic animal comedy Zootopia is already trampling its competition at the box office: the animated film raked in $1.7 million at Thursday night screenings last night.
Compared to the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios films (not Pixar), that’s the highest-grossing Thursday night opening for a non-summer animated movie ever. Runners up include Big Hero 6 ($1.4 million) and Frozen ($1.2 million).
This weekend, Zootopia takes on the action sequel London Has Fallen and Tina Fey comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, but with its Thursday night earnings it’s already poised to win the weekend, topping Deadpool in the process. Last night, London Has Fallen made $850,000 in opening screenings.
It’s not hard to see why the adorable-looking Zootopia is set to break so many records: the movie currently sits at a 99 percent on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes with a ratio of 112 positive reviews to one sole negative (speaking of, that means it’s on its way to yet another record).
WGTC’s own Isaac Feldberg praised the film, referring to the new Disney movie as “visually resplendent and thematically ambitious,” and one of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ best.
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