Box Office: : ‘The Boy And The Heron’ Becomes First Original 2D Animated Film To Top The U.S. Box Office Since 2009’s ‘The Princess And The Frog’

As we suggested might happen, Disney’s Zootopia has officially beaten Frozen for the venerable animation studio’s all-time best opening weekend, pulling in $75.1 million. Frozen started its wide release with $67.4 million, on its way to over $400 million.

Zootopia also topped the $70.2m launch of Illumination’s The Lorax to score the biggest-ever animation launch for the month of March. Amongst all animated films, it is the eighth largest opening of all-time.

In its fourth weekend internationally, Zootopia racked up $63.4m, boosting its foreign tally to $158.8m. Its Chinese opening of around $24m was a record for both Disney and Pixar animated movies in that country, and Russia’s $7.9m opening was a Disney/Pixar animation record in that country. Globally, the film has grossed $233.9m to date.

Kung Fu Panda 3 dropped from third to seventh in the US marketplace with $3.6m. The movie has grossed $133.9m domestically over six weeks. The global tally is $323.8m.

Funimation launched The Boy and the Beast with $274,247 from 122 US theaters, a respectable $2,248 per theater average.

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