Disney’s more conventional animated pic, Zootopia, continued to outperform expectations as well. In the United States, it jumped from fifth to fourth place, picking up $6.6m in its eighth weekend. After 52 days of release, it has made $316.4m compared to Frozen’s 317.3m in the same period of time. Zootopia is unlikely to match Frozen’s $400m domestic take, but it has already outperformed every other John Lasseter-era Disney release.
Combined with its international gross, Zootopia has earned $907.1m so far. Whether it reaches the billion-dollar mark could depend on how it performs in Japan, its final major market, where it debuted this weekend with $4m. That gross is significantly less than Frozen’s $7.5m debut. The Japanese box office functions differently than the American box office, however, and Zootopia has an opportunity to keep expanding its gross in the weeks to come. Frozen, for example, ended its Japanese run with $249m.
Dreamworks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 also hit the $500m mark this weekend. While half-a-billion is nothing to scoff at — and would be considered a hit for many other studios — it’s a disappointing total for a franchise in which the original grossed $631.7m worldwide, and the second finished with $665.7m.