Zootopia' tramples rivals to top North American box office again

Animals cavort in Disney's humongous hit Zootopia.
Animals cavort in Disney's humongous hit Zootopia. PHOTO: DISNEY

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Zootopia retained its position at the top of the North American box office at the weekend, raking in US$38 million (S$51.63 million) to surge beyond US$200 million since its debut, industry estimates showed Sunday.

The animated Disney film about intrepid rabbit police officer Judy Hopps, who works with a fox to solve a crime in the Zootopia animal kingdom, easily saw off the opening of The Divergent Series: Allegiant, according to estimates from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Zootopia had surpassed the 2013 Disney blockbuster Frozen on its opening weekend on March 4-6 and has a total US$201.8 million in its three weeks at the movies.

Allegiant, the latest in a series of films based on the action-adventure novels by the American author Veronica Roth, has had lukewarm reviews and made US$29.1 million from Friday to Sunday on its debut in cinemas.

Third in the box-office standings was another new entrant, Miracles from Heaven, a drama about a young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder who finds herself miraculously cured.

It pulled in US$15 million at the box office, relegating low-budget horror flick 10 Cloverfield Lane into fourth (US$12.5 million).

Producer JJ Abrams has billed the movie as a "spiritual sequel" to the original Cloverfield, which stunned Hollywood with earnings of US$40.1 million during its opening weekend in 2008.

Superhero blockbuster Deadpool continued its slide, down to fifth in the standings with US$8 million.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were: - London Has Fallen (US$6.9 million) - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (US$2.8 million) - The Perfect Match (US$1.9 million) - The Brothers Grimsby (US$1.5 million) - The Revenant (US$1.2 million).