• Walt Disney’s Zootopia opens with $4m+ weekend
With the Easter long weekend just around the corner, Zootopia is well positioned to add significantly to its opening weekend haul of $4.23m. The movie is the third highest Disney animation debut in Australia and the opening weekend is the second-best this year after Deadpool. The Walt Disney 3D animated comedy adventure opened on just under 500 screens giving it a screen average of $8,847.
The movie was the biggest contributor to the weekend gross of $12.19m for the top 20 movies which was up 13% on the previous week.
The weekend’s only better screen average for a movie in wide distribution was the opening weekend of the Gerard Butler action movie London Has Fallen with $9,963 from each of its 218 screens. The movie grossed just over $2m.
Deadpool was the only other movie over $1m as its total passes $41m after six weeks.
The remainder of the top five is Lady In The Van at #4 with $972,000 and a total of $6.97m
The second weekend of 10 Cloverfield Lane added $833,000 to the total earn of $2.85m.
Grimbsy had the biggest percentage drop week-on-week of any movie in the top 10, dropping 53% to $757,000.
Three new releases made it into the bottom half of the top 20 with openings on just a handful of screens:
#12 Christian drama Miracles From Heaven $152,000 from 37 screens
#13 Indian rom-com Kapoor & Sons $136,000 from 17 screens
#14 Well-reviewed horror movie The Witch $111,000 from seven screens