'Zootopia' poised for record $70 million opening

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"Zootopia," Disney Animation's latest feature, is looking to roar to a $70 million-plus opening weekend, making it the studio's biggest opening ever.

"Big Hero 6" grossed $56.2 million its debut weekend in 2014 while 2013's hit "Frozen" raked in $67.4 million over the three days of a Thanksgiving holiday. On Friday night, "Zootopia" galloped to $19.4 million.

"Zootopia" has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 98 percent based on 126 reviews. It also received a CinemaScore of A. The movie grossed $1.7 million at the Thursday previews and broke the record for the highest-grossing Thursday-night opening for a non-summer animation movie for Disney.

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FILE - In this Sunday, July 17, 1955 file photo, children sprint across a drawbridge and into a castle that marks the entrance to Fantasyland at the opening of Walt Disney's Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Fantasyland had been closed until late in the day. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 17, 1955 file photo, Walt Disney sits on a rock in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Fantasyland section of Disneyland on opening day of the amusement theme park in Anaheim, Calif. A year earlier, Disney made his move. He succumbed to the lure of television and arranged to tie in the TV show (he hosted) with a Disneyland park. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 17, 1955 file photo, Gov. Goodwin J. Knight, left, Walt Disney, right, and Virginia Knight, wife of the governor, back seat, take a ride in an antique-styled automobile at Disneyland near Anaheim, Calif., at the premiere opening. Twenty-two thousand guests, including many notables, were invited. (AP Photo)
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"Zootopia" stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Shakira, Bonnie Hunt, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer and Jenna Slate and takes place in a city full of animals where a fugitive con-artist fox (Bateman) and a bunny cop (Goodwin) band together to uncover a conspiracy.

"London Has Fallen," Gerard Butler's film that debuted Friday, made $7.6 million at the Friday box office, tracking for a three-day estimate of $21.4 million, higher than initial projections. The R-rated thriller is a sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen," which opened with $30 million in 2013.

Early tracking pegged the big-budget action film at $18 million to $20 million. If "London" really comes in at that number Sunday, it would take second place at the box office, ahead of reigning champion "Deadpool," which is looking to gross another $18 million to its $294.7 million domestic gross.

Butler is up to his same old tricks in the sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen." This time, he is in London for the Prime Minister's funeral, when his character, Mike Banning, discovers a plot to assassinate all of the world's leaders. Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart also star, and the film currently sports a score of 27 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a CinemaScore of A-.

Tina Fey's dramedy "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," the weekend's other newcomer is looking to gross $7 million although its initial projections pegged the film at an opening weekend of $10 million to $12 million.

Starring Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton, the movie is based on Kim Baker's memoir "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

The film currently holds a score of 61 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a CinemaScore of B.

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