'Zootopia' is Disney Animation's Biggest Debut Ever in China and Russia2016-03-07 10:21:27Share:
Zootopia leapt into China, Russia and Germany this weekend and played on 355 IMAX screens overseas to become the biggest film for Disney Animation Studios across all three markets. China posted $24M+ for the three-day weekend, which makes it the biggest Disney Animation or Pixar opening there. In China, IMAX accounted for $3M on 278 screens, which marked the second-best animated opening in the market, second only to DreamWork’s Kung Fu Panda 3 (that brought in $3.7M).
It opened to No. 2 in China, behind local actioner IP Man 3 which grossed an estimated three-day opening of about $75M to become the No. 2 player in the international marketplace.
In comparison to other animated titles that debuted in China, Kung Fu Panda 3 (which opened last month) actually set the overall record as the biggest three-day bow ever for an animated pic with $58.3M. It opened last month and has a running total of $145.6M there. The previous title holder was Minions which opened on a Sunday in September and went on to a total $68.5M.
In Russia, Zootopia hauled in an estimated $7.9M, again representing the biggest Disney Animation or Pixar opening in the market ever and stepping into the No. 1 spot for the weekend. Kung Fu Panda 3 opened to $5M during a flu epidemic in the country last month. Germany posted an estimated $6.2M opening, surpassing both Frozen and Tangled to register the highest grossing opening weekend ever for a Disney Animation title and placing — again — No. 1 for the weekend.
Zootopia also opened in India this weekend to a biggest ever Disney Animation opening there. The animated favorite was also No. 1 in Austria, Switzerland, Portugal and South Africa. The film became the highest grossing Disney Animation or Pixar release ever in Thailand, and Latin America continues its excellent run (open everywhere except Brazil) by being No. 1 in all territories there for the third weekend running.
With the benefit of 355 IMAX screens, which brought the total portion to $8.5M. That alone accounted for $3.3M for the film’s tally overseas. If you add it up, eight of the family film’s top 10 runs were IMAX engagements.
Zootopia is the Animation Studio’s 55th animated feature film which began in with Tangled ($592M) and then continued with Wreck-It Ralph ($471M), Frozen ($1.276B), and most recently Big Hero 6 ($658M).
As we saw last week also, holds were again very strong across all markets. In Europe, in its third weekend of release, Zootopia again had the top spot at the box office in both Italy and Netherlands and it held incredibly well in France (-32%), Spain (-25%), Denmark (-36%) and Belgium (+2%), delivering 2nd place finishes in their 3rd and 4th weekends. Netherlands dropped a mere 12%, Sweden was down only -26% and Norway was off only -33%.
In Asia meanwhile, Korea now charts as the third biggest Disney Animation title of all-time there. The film held strong in all markets: Taiwan (-10%), Singapore (-22%), Thailand (-25%) and Malaysia (-26%). In fact, in less than two weeks of release, Zootopia is now the highest grossing Disney Animation or Pixar release ever in Thailand.
Finally, Latin America continues a very strong run — it has opened everywhere except Brazil — and ranked No. 1 in all territories there for the third weekend running. As a region, it dropped only 33% for the weekend, with specially strong holds posted in Chile (-19%), Colombia (-25%), Mexico (-33%) and Argentina (-34%).
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