Disney’s hit animated comedy Zootopia has crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, becoming the only the second film of the year to do so with little over two months after its original release. Captain America: Civil War, another instalment in the Marvel Film Universe, having accomplished the same feat just two weeks ago.
The makers of the film where clearly surprised and delighted at the film’s run away success. “We hope there’s cake,” co-director Byron Howard told USA Today. “I cannot imagine a billion of anything,” added his collaborator Rich Moore. “A billion is such a big number.” Billion is definitely big which is why Zootopia is only the fourth animated film to pass the $1 billion mark.
Disney’s biggest hit Frozen ($1.277 billion), Illumination Entertainment’s Minions ($1.159 billion) and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 ($1.063 billion) complete the top four and show that animated films, perceived by many as just for kids, can be just as successful as there hyper realistic adult equivalents.
Out of all the films to have made it onto the $1 Billion list, Disney occupies 11 of the 26 films spaces and is the company with the most films to have reached the box-office milestone. With their latest hit film centring on the unlikely partnership between a rabbit police officer and a con-artist fox to uncover a conspiracy within the mammal metropolis, Zootopia will no doubt be flying off the shelves when it is released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 7.