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Weekend Box Office: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Wins Big

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In what is becoming a record-breaking summer for animation, The Secret Life of Pets has made its way to the largest opening weekend for an original animated film of all time with a dazzling $104.4 million. Additionally, the film has become the sixth highest opening ever for an animated film. This comes just weeks after Finding Dory seized the spot for biggest animated film debut ever with $135.1 million.

The Secret Life of Pets faced comparatively weak competition for the weekend, with The Legend of Tarzan coming in at second place in the second week of its theatrical run with $21 million. Still lingering in third place in the fourth week of its run, Finding Dory raked in $20.8 million, becoming the highest earning domestic release of 2016 as well as the third highest grossing animated film ever with a cumulative $422.5 million.

Reviews and ratings from critical and general audiences, while falling short of that of Finding Dory, were very solid. Rotten Tomatoes’ legions of critical reviewers gave the film a 76% approval rating, and general audiences awarded it an A- in CinemaScore theater exit polls. The widespread appeal of the fluffy comedy has all in all turned out delightful results for Illumination Entertainment.

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About Alex Hatch

Alex is a University of Wisconsin student from Minnesota who also happens to be a giant pop culture enthusiast. She can often be found listening to copious amounts of music on Spotify, racing her way through novels, and watching her favorite films over and over again. Her talents include memorizing quotes, getting way too excited over history and politics, and finding humor everywhere. She loves the lighthearted yet meaningful manner in which animated films are crafted, her favorite type being the animated musical. Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are her favorite animated movies.
  • Manuel Orozco

    The Secret Life of Pets wasn’t a total great movie or groundbreaking for that matter. However, it was a simple fun, colorfully animated and hilarious 90 minutes of your time! Any Despicable Me fans may want to pay to see a Minion short before the start of the main feature.

  • Phin68

    Achieving such a high box-office intake took a ton of great marketing, something Illumination seems to always excel at. Seriously, if you didn’t know a Pets movie existed, you must be living under a rock. :S

    • I couldn’t watch a second of TV without a Secret Life of Pets ad. Thank gods the ads aren’t as plentiful anymore…

  • Dave 52

    Pets is probably one of the funniest animated movies this year (although Storks may could change that). The characters are likable and entertaining.and the film is flat out hilarious. It’s like the first Despicable Me. Yeah, it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but it still is a good and fun film held up by the comedy and characters despite that.

    • Manuel Orozco

      You can say that again Dave! Except I’m not really looking forward to Storks since it looks a little corny.

      • Dave 52

        Well, in Storks case I will admit the trailer itself was all over the place, but the humor was really funny and the characters look pretty likable. Plus, it is being written and directed by Doug Sweetland who wrote and directed Pixar’s Presto short and Nicholas Stoller who wrote The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, Neighbors 1 & 2, and many other comedies which were very good so hopefully this film is good too. Maybe it is the trailer itself that makes it look corny. The same thing has happen with films like Kung Fu Panda 3, Zootopia, and many more that ended up being better than the trailer implied. I hope Storks is one of those things.

        • Manuel Orozco

          What’s fair is fair. I’ll just wait till DVD and hear word of mouth. Besides I did like the Muppets and it turned out better than I expected.

          • Dave 52

            Alright. Hey, what your thoughts on Illumination making a movie based on that Johnny Express short?

          • Manuel Orozco

            I have no idea

          • Dave 52

            Okay, well have you seen the short? It’s pretty funny and has the Illumination style written all over it.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I never saw the short before

          • Dave 52

            You should, it’s really funny. Cruel, but funny.

          • Manuel Orozco

            No guarantee I will see it but I will sometime if it’s on YouTube.

          • Dave 52

            Okay.

  • Honestly didn’t expect Secret Life of Pets to be THIS huge, but honestly humbly surprised and glad