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Zootopia Surpassed Frozen, Set New Record for Disney in Its Debut

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March 7
6:40 AM 2016

A new Disney animation film Zootopia sets its debut in American and Canadian theater last weekend. Its debut exceeded Frozen and sets a new record, booking $73.7 million. The film was also received well in Europe since its release in mid-February.

Zootopia is a new Disney animated film, portraying a metropolis city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals called Zootopia. The film was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore with co-director Jared Bush, starring the voices of notable actors and actresses, such as Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate. Grammy Award winner Shakira also starred in the movie.

The movie depicted a story of unlikely partnership between Judy Hopps, a first rabbit police officer in the city of Zootopia, and Nick Wilde, a red fox con artist. Ginnifer Goodwin played the voice of Judy Hoops while Jason Bateman of Nick Wilde. After officer Hopps was manipulated by Wilde, they both work together to uncover a case of missing predators.

The film has already released internationally in the mid-February and receive a positive respond and hit a box office. Columnist Adam Rosenberg in his Mashable column wrote, "Zootopia was a knockout among global audiences as well, and actually has been for some weeks. The movie's been out in parts of Europe — Belgium, Spain, France and Italy — since mid-February. It had close to $100 million in the bank before it even opened in America."

In its opening in Europe and Asia, on the same day as U.S. release, Zootopia booked a $137 million in weekend box office. The film set record as the biggest-ever opening for Disney Animation in many countries, including China, India, Russia and Germany.

Zootopia was released in Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats and was launched last weekend on March 4 in the United States and Canada.

Similar to its international release, the North American debut also hit a box office. Zootopoia surpassed Frozen which bookied $67.4 million in 2013 as the biggest record opening of Disney animated feature film of all time. In three days of release, as Bloomberg reported, the film collected $73.7 million in its debut, according to ComScore Inc.'s e-mailed statement.

Entertainment Weekly reported that Zootopia also scored the fourth-highest March opening weekend in box office history. The Hunger Games is in the first place, with $152.5 million, followed by Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful. With Zootopia made number four in the list, Disney has three of top four position of March openings.

Disney has long been known for its animated feature film. Now, its new one, Zootopia followed the success trait of the Disney animation film, following other memorable ones like Finding Nemo, Frozen and others. The film sets the new highest record for Disney animated film.

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