Weekend Box Office: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Was a Good Surprise

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Illumination Entertainment and Universal‘s new animated feature The Secret Life of Pets dominated the weekend box office, debuting in first place with $103.2 million.

Pets has become the biggest opening ever for an original film and knocked Finding Dory out of the top spot after three straight weeks. Starring Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart in their animated feature-film debuts, the movie received an A- CinemaScore from audiences. Finally some actual competition for Disney’s animated cinematic features.

Warner Bros.’ The Legend of Tarzan held strong at number two for the second weekend in a row, adding an estimated $20.6 million to its domestic total, which now stands at $81.4 million after two weeks.

Finding Dory dropped to third place with $20.3 million, but did surpass Captain America: Civil War to become the highest grossing film of the year in North America with $422.6 million.

Fox’s R-rated comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, starring Zac Efron and Adam Devine, debuted in fourth place with an estimated $16.6 million. The film cost $33 million to make.

The horror pic The Purge: Election Year rounded out the top five with $11.7 million, dropping a whopping 62.9% from its opening weekend. Check out July 8-10 weekend box office estimates:

1.   The Secret Life of Pets – $103.2M in Week 1 ($103.2M total)
2.   The Legend of Tarzan – $20.6M in Week 2 ($81.4M total)
3.   Finding Dory – $20.3M in Week 4 ($422.6M total)
4.   Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – $16.6M in Week 1 ($16.6M total)
5.   The Purge: Election Year – $11.7M in Week 2 ($58.1M total)
6.   Central Intelligence – $8.1M in Week 4 ($108.3M total)
7.    Independence Day: Resurgence – $7.7M in Week 3 ($91.5M total)
8.   The BFG – $7.6M in Week 2 ($38.7M total)
9.   The Shallows – $4.8M in Week 3 ($45.8M total)
10. Sultan – $2.2M in Week 1 ($3.2M total)

As you can see above, also cracking the top ten this weekend is the Hindi-language Sultan, about the troubled life of a wrestler (Salman Khan), continuing the trend of Indian films performing well at domestic theaters.