Illumination and Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets with its solid “A-” CinemaScore delivered a record opening for an original animated property as it led a strong, post-holiday weekend. The weekend’s other wide release, Fox’s Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, also performed well.
Pets with its $103.17 million opening this weekend makes it the largest opening for an original animated property with the $90.4 million Inside Out brought in last year as the previous record holder, followed by the $75 million opening for Zootopia just a few months ago. The Secret Life of Pets also has the distinction be one of only six animated films to ever open with more than $100 million.
With Tarzan taking second means Disney and Pixar’s Finding Dory will have to settle for third after three weeks of dominating the box office. With its $20.3 million weekend take it pushes its domestic total to $422.5 million, making it the highest grossing domestic release of 2016 and the third highest grossing animated release of all-time.
Meanwhile, the weekend’s other new wide release was Fox’s R-rated comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, with a satisfactory “B” CinemaScore it bested its expected open of around $12 million with solid $16.6 million, fourth place debut. The film should be looking at a domestic run somewhere around $35-42 million.
Rounding out the top five is Universal’s The Purge: Election Year with a estimated $11.7 million, with a domestic total estimated at 58.1 million in its second week of release against a $33 million dollar budget.
All data provided by Box Office Mojo.