Box Office: 'Zootopia' Roars to Record $25M Saturday in China, Nears $100M

Zootopia Still 5 - H 2016
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Zootopia Still 5 - H 2016

The Disney animated title remains a powerhouse across the globe, crossing the $300 million mark on Friday.

Zootopia continues to dazzle in China.

On its second Saturday, the movie roared to $25 million, the biggest single-day gross ever for an animated film (that compares to $10.6 million on its first Saturday).

Zootopia has quickly passed Big Hero 6 to become the top-grossing title ever from Disney Animation Studios with $89 million, a feat achieved after only nine days in release in the Middle Kingdom.

The critically acclaimed film is headed for another milestone on Sunday, when it will hop across the $100 million mark in China.

It's still too early to say whether Zootopia can surpass recent player Kung Fu Panda 3's $146 million to become the biggest animated film in history at the Chinese box office.

Kung Fu Panda 3's performance was a key achievement for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, as it's the first film from DWA's burgeoning Shanghai-based venture, Oriental DreamWorks, which was established in 2012 in partnership with two state-backed Chinese companies.

Buoyed by glowing reviews and strong word of mouth, Zootopia continues to beat expectations in China and around the globe. On Friday, the movie zoomed past the $100 million mark in North America and $300 million worldwide.

International Weekend 3/13/16

Comscore for Weekend of 3/13/16
Weekend Cume
1. Zootopia $83.1M $288.7M
2. Kung Fu Panda 3 $28.6M $219.5M
3. Allegiant $26.7M $26.7M
4. Gods of Egypt $26.4M $80.5M
5. Ip Man 3 $13.0M $142.5M
6. London Has Fallen $12.0M $30.0M
7. Deadpool $11.3M $380.0M
8. The Revenant $6.9M $261.4M
9. Hail, Caesar! $3.8M $23.8M
10. The Brothers Grimsby $3.2M $11.2M

Zootopia will have no trouble staying at No. 1 in North America in its second weekend with expected earnings north of $47 million (some think it could fly as high as $50 million). And, among major markets, it's already Disney's biggest release of all time in Russia ($16.7 million).