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Box office hits and misses: 10 Cloverfield Lane debuts big, but Zootopia reigns

Disney’s animated animal adventure Zootopia continued to dominate the box office over the weekend, but 10 Cloverfield Lane also won over audiences in a big way.

In its second week in theaters, Zootopia managed to outperform expectations once again, and is currently on pace to beat the studio’s recent Academy Award winners, Big Hero 6 and Frozen. At this point, the film seems to be set up for a long stay in theaters, especially with the next few months of school vacations and holidays on the calendar.

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Continuing the positive trend, 10 Cloverfield Lane rode high praise from critics and audiences alike to a $25.2 million opening weekend, which is a pretty impressive debut for a film that reportedly cost less than $15 million to make. The Cloverfield spinoff is expected to benefit from word-of-mouth buzz for at least another week or two, thanks to all of the rave reviews.

Slipping to third place for the week was Deadpool, but the “R”-rated superhero movie isn’t showing any signs of slowing down yet. Its $10.8 million weekend moved it past both Shrek the Third and Transformers on the all-time U.S. box-office rankings, and it should move past Forrest Gump and Guardians of the Galaxy next week. That’s not too shabby for a movie that almost never got made.

# Title Weekend U.S. Total Worldwide Total
1. Zootopia $50M $142.6M $431.3M
2. 10 Cloverfield Lane $25.2M $25.2M $26.7M
3. Deadpool $10.8M $328.1M $708.1M
4. London Has Fallen $10.7M $38.8M $38.8M
5. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot $4.6M $14.5M $14.5M
6. The Perfect Match $4.1M $4.1M $4.1M
7. The Young Messiah $3.4M $3.4M $3.4M
8. The Brothers Grimsby $3.1M $3.1M $14.3M
9. Gods of Egypt $2.5M $27.3M $76.4M
10. Risen $2.2M $32.4M $33M

Things weren’t so positive for the weekend’s other new arrivals, with romantic comedy The Perfect Match, faith-based film The Young Messiah, and raunchy comedy The Brothers Grimsby all earning less than $5 million in their opening weekends.

Grimsby was by far the biggest flop of the films opening this weekend, falling far short of its $35 million budget and generating the worst premiere for any of star Sacha Baron Cohen’s films. The movie’s performance suggests that there’s only room for one raunchy, “R”-rated comedy in theaters right now, and Deadpool is that movie.

Not much is expected to change next week, as the biggest movie opening this upcoming weekend is young-adult adventure The Divergent Series: Allegiant, which will likely do well without unseating Zootopia or upsetting the current hierarchy much. Basically, the box office is in a holding pattern until the arrival of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice a few weeks from now.