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'Zootopia' pens up 'Divergent: Allegiant' to keep No. 1 spot in the weekend box office

The future might be tough, but "The Divergent Series: Allegiant" has learned that cartoons can be tougher.

Lionsgate's dystopian sci-fi thriller aimed for a huge opening weekend, but it ran smack into Disney's "Zootopia," the 3-D animated comedy still breaking records entering its third week of release.

"Divergent: Allegiant" -- the third in the series based on the novels by Veronica Roth -- grossed an estimated $10.7 million on 3,740 North American screens on Saturday night, yielding a projected weekend total of just over $29 million. It was the lowest opening in the "Divergent" series.

"Allegiant" had to settle for a distant second to "Zootopia," which grossed $16.7 million on Saturday for a beastly weekend total of nearly $38 million, leaping past the $200-million mark in overall cumulative gross.

"Zootopia" is now on track to be Disney's highest-grossing non-Pixar animated feature, already well ahead of the previous record holder, "Frozen."

Meanwhile, Sony saw its prayers answered with "Miracles from Heaven," the faith-based Jennifer Garner vehicle about a mom who guides her young daughter through a serious illness.

Sony said the movie came in above expectations, thanks to a marketing outreach to churches, some special early screenings, Easter season timing and possibly a Garner cover story in Vanity Fair, in which she discussed the breakup of her marriage to Ben Affleck.

"Miracles" grossed $6.1 million on Saturday, which combined with the preview screenings should put the movie in the No. 3 spot with a gross of just under $19 million, a powerful tally for a religious-themed movie. 

The fourth spot went to the Paramount thriller "10 Cloverfield Lane," the successor to "Cloverfield" from producer J.J. Abrams. "10 Cloverfield" grossed $5.4 million on Saturday, with a cume that now stands at $45.1 million.

In the No. 5 spot was Fox's comic-book fantasy "Deadpool," which is still quite alive well into its second month of release. The movie drew $3.5 million on Saturday, for a cumulative gross of $340 millon.

The remainder of the Top 10 were holdovers, including Focus Features' "London Has Fallen" at No. 6, followed by Paramount's underperforming Tina Fey war comedy, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."

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