Box Office: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Breaks Record for Original Animated Opening
It’s official: The Secret Life of Pets is the real deal, as the animated film delivered a better-than-anticipated $103.2 million opening.
The long-awaited comedy has officially earned the best opening in history for an original animated film, besting last year’s Inside Out, which earned $90.4 million. However, it misses out on the Top 5 animated openings of all-time, as last summer’s Minions holds onto the No. 5 spot with its $115.7 million debut. Still, The Secret Life of Pets has done solid business overseas, including a dominant performance in the U.K., where the film is No. 1 for its third consecutive weekend. The $42.6 million international gross brings the global total to $145.8 million so far, eclipsing the film’s $75 million budget.
The news was also good for another newcomer at the box office this weekend, as Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, with Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, finished at No. 4 with $16.6 million. Granted, the comedy initially appeared to be on-track for a No. 2 opening earlier in the weekend, as its $6.7 Friday gross put it ahead of Finding DoryFinding Dory gained enough momentum before the end of the weekend to overtake Mike and Dave and land at No. 3 with $20.4 million. Still, this is a solid opening for Mike and Dave, since the $33 million wasn’t projected to do nearly this well in initial estimates prior to release.
The Legend of Tarzan lands at No. 2 with $20.6 million, in a situation that’s pretty much the inverse of Mike and Dave: it’s a better placement in the Top 5, but the number itself is far less promising, since Tarzan has a $180 million budget to answer for. So far, the movie has $81.4 million domestically and $54 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $135.4 million. With that said, the movie opens in China on July 19, so if it proves to be a Warcraft-sized hit in the country, there might be hope for Tarzan to break even, or even turn a profit. One movie that won’t be having that problem, however, is The Purge: Election year. The horror movie earned $11.7 million to round out the top five and bring its domestic gross to $58.1 million. For a film that cost just $10 million to make, this is a big victory for Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Universal Pictures.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 07/11/2016
1. The Secret Life of Pets ($103.2 million)
2. The Legend of Tarzan ($20.6 million)
3. Finding Dory ($20.4 million)
4. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates ($16.6 million)
5. The Purge: Election Year ($11.7 million)
6. Central Intelligence ($8.1 million)
7. Independence Day: Resurgence ($7.7 million)
8. The BFG ($7.6 million)
9. The Shallows ($4.8 million)
10. Sultan ($2.2 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the theaters this weekend, and what do you want to see at the movies in the weeks to come? Sound off in the comments!