'Secret Life of Pets' fetches $103 million in opening days

by Virginia Benson Julio 11, 2016, 8:08

The Secret Life of Pets, which received an A- CinemaScore from audiences, was directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2) and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch. It also had the widest opening ever for an animated film with 4,370 theaters.

"The Secret Life of Pets" racked up an impressive $103.2 million in its debut weekend, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations, raking in five times the earnings of its closest competition to nab first place.

The Illumination-produced comedy centres on the misadventures of two canines unleashed on the streets of NY, featuring the voices of comedian Louis CK and Eric Stonestreet. In a summer box office that's been plagued by lackluster numbers for big ticket movies (looking at you, The BFG and Independence Day: Resurgence), Pets shows that there's life in the theater yet.

"Finding Dory" was third, with $20.4 million in weekend sales and $422.6 million in domestic sales over 24 days.

The film about the little blue fish actually fell to third place with $20.4 million (£15.7 million), behind The Legend Of Tarzan, which took in $20.6 million (£15.9 million). That's more than enough to take the current year's number one spot from Captain America: Civil War ($406.2 million).

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