Movie News

Animation rules box office with ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ leading pack

Animation rules box office with ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ leading pack

Animation rules box office with 'The Secret Life of Pets' leading pack 2016 images

Animation has taken over the summer box office with “The Secret Life of Pets” charging out the gate with $103.2 million. Family films have been rather lucrative at theaters this year as “The Legend of Tarzan” came in second place. “The Secret Life of Pets” follows “Zootopia” and “Finding Dory” as the latest success this year, opening to a massive $103.2 million according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures film cost only $75 million to produce, and it features the voices of comedians like Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart. “Pets” has been warmly received by critics and audiences, who gave the film a promising A- CinemaScore.

Going into the weekend, analysts predicted it would earn only around $70 million, which would still have been a big success.

Not adjusting for inflation, “Pets” earned the title of best opening ever for an original animated property. The previous record-holder was Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out,” which opened to $90.4 million last year.

It’s a big moment for Illumination Entertainment — the shop behind the hugely successful “Despicable Me” series and “Minions.” The company is not quite Pixar yet, but it’s working toward that sort of recognition.

“Illumination has been building a consistency of vision, and now they have become what every studio covets — a draw,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore. “They’re building that brand reputation with every movie.”

The main draw, though, was likely in the simple and appealing premise: What do your pets do when you’re not around?

“I think this movie resonates among all people,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “It’s a very charming way in for everyone to have fun with the concept of imagining their pets that way.”

“Pets” effectively unseated “Finding Dory” from its three-week run in first place. The little blue fish actually fell to third place with $20.4 million, behind “The Legend of Tarzan” which took in $20.6 million in its second weekend in theaters.

Even with the drop, “Dory” this weekend surpassed “Captain America: Civil War” to become the top film of 2016 domestically, with its $423 million in grosses. It helped push The Walt Disney Studios to reach $5 billion globally in record time. Much of that was propelled by the success of its family fare including “The Jungle Book.”

“Family films have generated so much money this year,” Dergarabedian said. “That’s an audience who is always looking for content in a world filled with options for entertainment.”

While Disney is celebrating its overall box office, there is one dud on the books. The studio’s “The BFG” fell a giant 60 percent in its second weekend. The movie, which cost around $140 million to make, has earned a dismal $38.7 million to date.

There were also a fair number of adults looking for something new to see this weekend without the kids, helping the raunchy R-rated comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” surpass expectations with an estimated $16.6 million for a fourth-place debut. The film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, cost $33 million to make and stars Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick.

“The Purge: Election Year” rounded out the top five with $11.7 million.

The year is still up 3 percent from last summer, despite a string of underperformers lately. But there are still some would-be blockbusters on the horizon, including the new “Ghostbusters,” which opens next weekend.

“The hope is that the momentum created by ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ will carry over to ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Jason Bourne’ and ‘Suicide Squad,'” Dergarbedian said. “We’re running out of track. It’s almost the end of summer, and there’s a lot of ground to make up, but one movie can make all the difference.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

secret life of pets box office weekend

1.”The Secret Life of Pets,” $103.2 million ($7.8 million international).

2.”The Legend of Tarzan,” $20.6 million ($27 million international).

3.”Finding Dory,” $20.4 million ($29.7 million international).

4.”Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” $16.6 million ($3.6 million international).

5.”The Purge: Election Year,” $11.7 million ($2 million international).

6.”Central Intelligence,” $8.1 million ($9.8 million international).

7.”Independence Day: Resurgence,” $7.7 million ($21.5 million international).

8. “The BFG,” $7.6 million ($4.6 million international).

9.”The Shallows,” $4.8 million ($2.3 million international).

10.”Sultan,” $2.2 million ($18.2 million international).

___

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. “Cold War 2,” $44 million.

2. “Ice Age: Collision Course,” $32.3 million.

3. “Big Fish & Chinese Flowering Crabapple,” $32 million.

4. “Finding Dory,” $29.7 million.

5. “The Legend of Tarzan,” $27 million.

6. “So Young 2: Never Gone,” $26 million.

7. “Independence Day: Resurgence,” $21.5 million.

8. “Sultan,” $18.2 million.

9. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” $11.5 million.

10. “Me Before You,” $10.5 million.

Click to add a comment
Movie News
@movietvtechgeek

Jackie Warner is the go to person for all types of reviews at Movie TV Tech Geeks News. She's also the lucky one to get to test all of our Cool Stuff Tech and Toys for review.

More in Movie News

new spider man homecoming actions images with vulture 2016 images

New ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ action images hit with Vulture

George CandoDecember 9, 2016
spider man homecoming first trailer flies high for tom holland 2016 images

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ first trailer flies high for Tom Holland

George CandoDecember 9, 2016
gareth edwards rogue one moves star wars forward by going back 2016 images

Gareth Edwards ‘Rogue One’ moves ‘Star Wars’ forward by going back

George CandoDecember 8, 2016
A New Theatrical Transformers Animated Film in the Works 2016 images

New Theatrical Transformers Animated Film in the Works

Marius MaronillaDecember 8, 2016
New 'Fifty Shades Darker' Trailer images ready to get you wet for Valentine's Day 2016 movie

New ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer images ready to get you wet for Valentine’s Day

George CandoDecember 7, 2016
tom hollands spider man homecoming first footage has wings 2016 images

Tom Holland’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ first footage has wings

George CandoDecember 7, 2016
matt damon takes on great wall whitewasthing controversy again 2016 images

Matt Damon takes on ‘Great Wall’ whitewashing controversy again

George CandoDecember 6, 2016
tom cruise alex kurtzman promising a real monster movie with the mummy 2016 images

Tom Cruise, Alex Kurtzman promise a real monster movie with ‘The Mummy’

George CandoDecember 5, 2016
last tango in paris controversial butter scene brings new outrage 2016 images

‘Last Tango in Paris’ controversial butter scene brings new outrage

Shanka CherylDecember 5, 2016

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription