Secret Life of Pets fetches big earnings, sinks Dory

by Virginia Benson Julio 11, 2016, 7:49

"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. Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) explains in voiceover what a swell set-up he's got going with his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper), right before she hits him with the big furry surprise: Duke ("Modern Family's" Eric Stonestreet), a rescue dog, will be joining their happy home.

The Universal and Illumination Entertainment animated film, which gives a glimpse into what pets do when their owners aren't around, vastly exceeded industry predictions that it would open to about $60 million.

After floating on top of the charts since its record-breaking June 8 premiere, Finding Dory sank to third place with US$20.3 million.

Rounding out the top 10 films of the weekend were: - Central Intelligence (US$8.1 million) - Independence Day: Resurgence (US$7.7 million) - The BFG (US$7.6 million) - The Shallows (US$4.8 million) - Sultan (US$2.2 million).

While 20th Century Fox's "Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates", with cast Zac Efron, American actress Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza and comedian Adam Devine, is looking to file a $5 million - $6 million Friday and $13 million - $14 million opening weekend.

Though the picture appeared that it might attract a largely male audience, moviegoers were relatively split along gender lines at 48% male, 52% female. Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud; writ. Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, and Kevin Lynch; feat.

I can remember nearly nothing about last summer's "Minions" movie. Comcast, Universal's parent company, is betting heavily in the animation space. The $140 million children's book adaptation only managed to pick up $7.6 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to a disastrous $38.7 million. The live action retelling of the classic tale dropped only 46% from its debut over the July Fourth weekend for a total domestic gross to date of $81.4 million. The third film in the franchise, set in a futuristic United States where crime is legal for 12 hours each year, grossed an estimated $11.7 million in its second week. Receipts this weekend are up roughly 2% over previous year when "Minions" debuted.

"There's a lot of breadth in the marketplace", said Aronson.


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