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Box Office: ‘Zootopia’ Stays on Top and a Not-So Perfect Opening for ‘The Perfect Match’

Box Office: 'Zootopia' Stays on Top and a Not-So Perfect Opening for 'The Perfect Match'

For a second week in a row, “Zootopia” claims the top spot at the box office, adding another hefty $50 million to its gross, for a total of $142.6 million to date. The Buena Vista 3D computer-animated buddy-action comedy produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, is the 55th Disney animated feature film, and was directed by the duo of Byron Howard and Rich Moore, starring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, and Shakira. 

Idris Elba voices a character named Chief Bogo, described as a Cape buffalo who is the chief of the Zootopia Police Department. And Octavia Spencer is Mrs. Otterton, a slender North American river otter. 

The newcomers of most interest to this blog include the rom-com “The Perfect Match,” which opened in 6th place, earning $4.1 million, which isn’t exactly impressive; however, its budget likely was on the low end of the typical range of Hollywood studio-backed movies. So a $4.1 million opening (on 925 screens) may be in line with expectations, relative to its budget, which, unfortunately, isn’t public information at this time (the studio behind it is Lionsgate/Codeblack). But given its opening, I’d expect that the film will struggle to get to $20 million, unless word of mouth is strong enough to give it the legs it needs over the coming weeks, before it eventually leaves theaters.

The film, which scored an underwhelming 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 41 out of 100 on Metacritic, follows Charlie (Terrence J), a playboy who’s convinced that relationships are dead even though his sister (Paula Patton), a therapist, tries to tell him otherwise. His best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he’s bound to fall in love. Charlie takes the bet because he believes that he’s immune to love… until he crosses paths with Eva (Cassie Ventura). Charlie coaxes Eva into a casual affair but soon finds out that Eva has turned the tables on him. Now Charlie is questioning whether he may actually want more than just a one-night stand.

Donald Faison, Lauren London, Dascha Polanco, French Montana, Brandy Norwood, Robin Givens, Casper Smart, Draya Michele, Kali Hawk, Chantel Jeffries, Timothy Delaghetto and Joe Pantoliano make up the rest of the cast of the Queen Latifah/Flavor Unit-produced rom-com.

Bille Woodruff directed the film from a script written by Gary Hardwick and Brandon Broussard, based on a screenplay by Dana Verde.

At some point we’ll have to begin to say goodbye to these formulaic rom-coms that may, at times, be pleasant and lightweight enough to pass a Sunday afternoon with, but tend to be unimaginative retreads we’ve seen a dozen times prior. Not that I mind rom-coms, but I’d love for filmmakers to take an entirely different approach in making them; turn the entire idea of the rom-com on its head, and maybe make an “anti-rom-com” or even a satirical or metaphorical look at romance in the modern age. At least begin the filmmaking process (writing specifically) intending to do something entirely different and wholly original within the genre, in comparison to what we’ve seen thus far. Surely black audiences are hungry for so much more in terms of the volume, variety and complexity that are *our* own real-life stories (as well as those that exist within our imaginations) which aren’t being reflected on screen.

The top 10 weekend grosses follow below:

1 Zootopia BV    $50,000,000 $142,615,126
2 10 Cloverfield Lane Par. $25,200,000 $25,200,000
3 Deadpool Fox $10,800,000    $328,077,425
4 London Has Fallen Focus $10,668,000 $38,850,052
5 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot    Par. $4,600,000 $14,571,903
6 The Perfect Match LGF $4,150,000 $4,150,000
7 The Young Messiah Focus $3,404,000 $3,404,000
8 The Brothers Grimsby Sony $3,150,000 $3,150,000
9 Gods of Egypt LG/S $2,500,000 $27,312,889
10  Risen Sony $2,250,000 $32,395,761

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