Box Office Wrap Up: Who Let The Dogs Out?
The Secret Life of Pets exploded onto the box office this weekend, racking up a massive $103.2 million and launching the first new franchise of the summer. and easily replaced Pixar’s Finding Dory from first place on the box office charts—a ranking it has held for the three previous weeks.
Featuring the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate and Ellie Kemper, the movie follows the adventures of a dog named Max having to put up with a second dog in the home — until they meet a manic bunny and his gang of abandoned pets.
Finding Dory – the sequel to Finding Nemo – slid to third place with $20.4 million, having made $422.6 million topping Captain America: Civil War as the highest-grossing film of the year on a domestic basis. It also ranks as the highest-grossing animated film in North America, unseating Toy Story 3.
The Legend Of Tarzan was second place this weekend, with $20.6 million in the till this weekend. it has $81.4 million in North American ticket sales and seems highly unlikely to recoup it’s $180 million production costs.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, over-performed in its opening weekend with $16.6 million and should have no problem covering its costs. As well as horror sequel The Purge: Election continues to perform with another $11.7 million this weekend.
The disappointing sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence is relying heavily on overseas crowds to turn a profit, with the film earning just $91.5 million in the U.S. to more than $214.2 million internationally. Thanks to the overseas audience, the film has already covered its $165 million budget, so — much like with the recent Warcraft — we’ll soon learn whether the international market can really make a movie a blockbuster without the US.
Box Office Totals
1. The Secret Life of Pets $103.1M
2. The Legend of Tarzan $20.6M
3. Finding Dory $20.3M
4. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates $16.6M
5. The Purge: Election Year $11.7M
6. Central Intelligence $8.1M
7. Independence Day: Resurgence $7.7M
8. The BFG $7.6M
9. The Shallows $4.8M
10. Sultan $2.2M