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‘The Secret Lives Of Pets’ crosses $100 mn in opening weekend

MUMBAI: It is turning out to be a very strong year for animation. After ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Finding Dory’, it is now the turn of ‘The Secret Lives Of Pets’ to take the box office by storm.

Globally, the Universal film has made $111 million. Most of this haul came from the US. Universal badly needed this as 2016 has not been as good for the studio as last year. Last year, Universal’s ‘Minions’ had also crossed $100 million in its opening weekend.

comScore has announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of 10 July, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

‘Sultan’ made $2.2 million in the US.

‘Finding Dory’ has become the highest grossing animation movie in the US for Disney. Globally, it is nearing the $650 million mark. Media reports question whether ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ will recover its budget.

Any hopes that Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ could recover lost ground have been dashed. The $140 million film made $7.6 million in the second weekend in the US for a total of only $38.7 million so far. ‘The BFG’ is threatening to become The BFF – Big Fat Flop unless the international market takes to it. This is the second flop for Disney following ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’. However, its other films like ‘Captain America 3’ have done really well.

comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “It’s no secret thatUniversal’s release of Illumination Entertainment’s ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ had a much better than expected debut, earning $111 million this weekend from just 10 territories including a massive North American opening weekend of $103.2 million. With 57 more territories to release the film over the next three months, the box office for these ‘Pets’ looks to grow faster than a newborn puppy.”

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of 10 July, are:

1. The Secret Life Of Pets – Universal – $111 Million
2. Finding Dory – Disney – $50.1 Million
3. The Legend Of Tarzan – Warner Bros. – $47.6 Million
4. Cold War 2 – Multiple – $44.2 Million
5. Ice Age: Collision Course – 20th Century Fox – $32.2 Million
6. Big Fish And Chinese Flowering Crabapple – Beijing Enlight Pictures Co.,Ltd – $32 Million
7. Independence Day: Resurgence – 20th Century Fox – $29.2 Million
8. So Young 2: Never Gone – Beijing Ruyu Xinxin Film – $26 Million
9. Sultan – Multiple – $20.4 Million
10. Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates – 20th Century Fox – $20.2 Million
11. Central Intelligence – Universal – $17.9 Million
12. Purge: Election Year, The – Universal – $13.7 Million

The top 12 US weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of 10 July, are:

1. The Secret Life Of Pets – Universal – $103.2 Million
2. The Legend Of Tarzan, The – Warner Bros. – $20.6 Million
3. Finding Dory – Disney – $20.4 Million
4. Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates – 20th Century Fox – $16.6 Million
5. The Purge: Election Year – Universal – $11.7 Million
6. Central Intelligence – Warner Bros. – $8.1 Million
7. Independence Day: Resurgence – 20th Century Fox – $7.7 Million
8. The BFG – Disney – $7.6 Million
9. The Shallows – Sony – $4.8 Million
10. Sultan – Yash Raj Films – $2.2 Million
11. The Conjuring 2 – Warner Bros. – $1.7 Million
12. Now You See Me 2 – Lionsgate – $1.4 Million