Box Office: The Secret Life of Pets takes $103.2-M

Box Office: The Secret Life of Pets takes $103.2-M

Box Office: The Secret Life of Pets takes $103.2-M


Family audiences cannot to get enough of animated family films about animals it seems.

Zac Efron and Adam Devine’s ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ beat expectations with a $16.6-M domestic opening

Illumination Entertainment and Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets debuted to a bigger-than-expected $103.2-M from 4,370 theaters at the North American box office, The # 6 opening ever for any animated film, and Illumination’s 2nd-best start after last summer’s Minions at $115.7-M.

In North America, Pets easily placed #1.

Finding Dory, which had topped the box-office chart for 3 frames running, took in $20.4-M from 4,085 locations.

Friday, it passed fellow Disney (NYSE:DIS) title Captain America: Civil War at $406-M to become the Summer’s top-grossing film to date in North America, finishing Sunday with $422.6-M. By end of the day Monday, it will overtake The Lion King at $422.8-M to become the Top-grossing Disney animated release of all time.

Notably, Disney has hit $5-B in global box-office revenue in record time, beating Universal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA). And many believe the studio will set a new industry record and cross $7-B in global box office revenue this year.

Universal is the current Topper with $6.9-B


Secret Life of Pets, revealing what pets of all shapes and sizes do after their owners leave the house, earned an A- CinemaScore.

Fox’s (NASDAQ:FOX) R-rated comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, starring Zac Efron and Adam Devine exceeded expectations in grossing $16.6-M from 2,982 locations

The Legend of Tarzan is battling Finding Dory for the #2 spot with $20.6-M from 3,591 theaters for a domestic total of $81.4-M, a light number considering its $180-M production budget.

Tarzan is in better shape than Steven Spielberg and Disney’s family film The BFG, which fell 57% in its 2nd frame to # 7 in North America over the weekend with $7.6-M from 3,392 theaters for a domestic take of $38.7-M and a global box office of $50.6-M.

The Purge: Election Year rounded out the Top 5 with $11.7-M from 2,821 theaters in its 2nd frame for a domestic take of $58.1-M and worldwide total of $60.3-M. The horror pic, costing just $10-M to make, is another win for Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Universal.

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s Central Intelligence has jumped the $100-M mark domestically, earning $8.1-M in its 4th outing for a take of $108.3-M for #6. Its foreign total stands at $48-M for a worldwide box office of $158.2-M.

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