The “Pets” make box office gold! I’m Realistic Fish Head. After last month’s sneak peek at Annecy 2016, The Secret Life of Pets captures 103 million, topping estimates since Finding Dory did it 3 weeks ago. Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out and Disney’s Zootopia also followed suit with their box office records. This marks a major milestone in animation history since the beginning of Disney’s Toy Story franchise. How long will the Pets stay away from their owners this week Gene?
Illumination and Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets delivered a record opening for an original animated property as it led a strong, post-holiday weekend where the top twelve grossed an estimated $206 million, down only a fraction of a percentage compared to last year when Minions scorched the box office with a $115.7 million opening. The weekend’s other wide release, Fox’s Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, also performed well as did Yash Raj’s Bollywood release Sultan, which secured a top ten finish after opening on Wednesday and playing in a mere 283 theaters.
Heading into the weekend, the largest opening for an original, animated property was the $90.4 million Inside Out brought in last year followed by the $75 million opening for Zootopia just a few months ago. Thus, the $103.17 million opening for The Secret Life of Pets handily tops those openings while also becoming only the sixth animated film to ever open with more than $100 million.
Pets also delivered a solid “A-” CinemaScore as it premiered in 4,370 theaters, the widest opening ever for an animated film, earning the film a $23,609 per theater average. With Pets‘ performance it also becomes the sixth film in 2016 to open with more than $100 million, tying the record for the number of films that opened above the century mark, which was set just last year as 2016 is currently 2.9% ahead of 2015 year-to-date.
Internationally, Secret Life of Pets continued its slow roll out as it is only playing in nine territories so far with an international total of $42.6 million. The film will release in 57 more territories over the next three months, including Argentina, Chile and Colombia on July 21 followed by France on July 27, Germany (July 28), Mexico (July 29) and China on August 2.
Coming in second with a solid sophomore hold is WB’s The Legend of Tarzan, dropping only 46% for an estimated $20.6 million. Considering it was coming off a holiday opening, expectation heading into the weekend was for a 50+% drop proving the film’s “A-” CinemaScore is no fluke as some good word of mouth appears to be spreading for the film. Unfortunately, the monster $180 million production budget still puts the film at a disadvantage from a financial perspective as attention turns toward its international prospects where it grossed $27 million this weekend from 47 markets, bringing its international total to $54 million and its global cume to $135.4 million so far. Openings in Italy (Jul 14), China (Jul 19), Brazil (Jul 21) and Spain (Jul 22) are on the horizon.
The second place finish for Tarzan means Disney and Pixar’s Finding Dory will have to settle for third after three weeks atop the box office. The film, however, has something to celebrate as its $20.3 million weekend pushes its domestic cume to $422.5 million, making it the highest grossing domestic release of 2016 and the third highest grossing animated release of all-time, less than $19 million shy of topping Shrek 2 ($441.2m).
Internationally, Finding Dory climbed above $200 million as its overseas total now stands at $220.2 million for a global cume of $642.8 million. The film still has plenty of markets where it has yet to open including Mexico, Japan, UK, Italy, and Germany. Dory‘s performance contributes to a massive year for Disney so far as the studio has now topped $5 billion worldwide and is nearing $2 billion domestically.
Meanwhile, the weekend’s other new wide release was Fox’s R-rated comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which was expected to open around $12 million or so, scored a solid $16.6 million, fourth place debut. The film played to an audience that was 48% male vs. 52% female and split right down the middle in age demographic, playing 50% under the age of 25. It scored a satisfactory “B” CinemaScore and should be looking at a domestic run somewhere around $35-42 million.
Finishing in sixth place for a second weekend in a row is the continuing, strong performance of the Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart action-comedy Central Intelligence. After topping $100 million domestically heading into the weekend, the film continues to show strong legs as it dropped only 35% this weekend for an estimated $8.1 million, bringing its domestic cume to $108.3 million. WB’s The Conjuring 2 is also looking to become a $100+ million earner, but it looks as if it will have to wait until Monday as its estimated $1.7 million weekend brings its domestic total to $99.37 million.
Rounding out the top ten is a stellar opening for Yash Raj’s Sultan starring Salman Khan. The film delivered a top ten finish from just 283 theaters, bringing in an estimated $2.2 million, the largest Bollywood opening of 2016 and already the top-grossing Bollywood film overall this year.
The weekend’s per theater crown, should estimates hold, won’t actually go to Secret Life of Pets, but to Bleecker Street’s limited release of Captain Fantastic, which scored an estimated $98,451 from four theaters for a $24,613 per theater average. The film, which stars Viggo Mortensen, recently won the Golden Space Needle Award at the Seattle Film Festival and earned writer/director Matt Ross the Un Certain Regard – Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Other limited openings included Well Go’s Cold War 2, which brought in $165,500 from 22 theaters; Sony Classics’ Our Little Sister delivered $27,070 from three theaters and Music Box’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You opened with an estimated $20,000 from two New York theaters.
Finally, Me Before You made a little noise this weekend as it added another $10.5 million to its international total which now stands at $103 million for a global cume of $157.8 million. Also, with a $3.8 million opening in the UK, Lionsgate’s Now You See Me 2 added another $10.1 million this weekend, bringing its international cume to over $175 million and a global gross-to-date of $238.3 million with an opening in South Korea set for this coming Wednesday.
Next weekend sees the release of Sony’s remake of Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. The film has been something of a lightning rod for online conversation ever since it was first announced and as it makes its way to opening in over 3,700 theaters next weekend its performance will be one to watch. Also opening is Broad Green’s The Infiltrator, which begins its release on Wednesday, and Lionsgate will release Woody Allen‘s Café Society into five theaters.
To recap, The Pets hit above the 100 million smacker mark in 1st, Legend of Tarzan swings in 2nd, Finding Dory swims in 3rd after 3 weeks at the top spot, Mike and Dave plan their wedding dates in 4th, and Purge 3 moves 5th.
In a previous edition of our entertainment report, we once again took another sneak peak of Universal newest hit Sing with their 2nd trailer. The extended trailer dropped by this week before making its appearance this holiday season. How long is the trailer this trailer Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)-Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have dropped a brand-new four-minute trailer for Sing, the animated musical comedy due in theaters this upcoming holiday season.
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, recording artist Tori Kelly and Taron Egerton, Sing is the story of Buster Moon (voiced by McConaughey), a theater-owning koala who decides to stage a singing competition in a last-ditch effort to save his venue. Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing follows the failing theater owner as he stages “the world’s greatest singing competition” in hopes of rejuvenating his business, with five hopeful contestants emerging as frontrunners vying for a life-changing victory.
Martial Arts star Jackie Chan has been in the animated biz since 2000. With Kung Fu Panda 3 in the books, he’s headed to The Nut Job 2 joining Surly Squirrel and the team. What character will Chan play Danny?
Danny Angelfish (via Animation World)- ToonBox Entertainment has announced that award-winning actor Jackie Chan has joined the cast of The Nut Job 2 with Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph. The film is directed by Cal Brunker and written by Scott Bindley, Bob Barlen & Cal Brunker. The Nut Job 2 will be released in theaters by Open Road Films on May 19, 2017. The Nut Job 2 is a sequel to the animated family film The Nut Job, which achieved the biggest box office opening ever for an independent, animated film and surpassed $120 million at the global box office.
The Nut Job 2 follows the adventures of Surly Squirrel. When the evil mayor of Oakton decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends need to band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.
Chan’s background in both comedy and action makes him the perfect fit to play Mr. Feng, the highly territorial leader of a gang of city mice. He may look cute and friendly, but beneath his fuzzy exterior lies a fierce and menacing master of Kung-Fu, and behind his big, but beady eyes, a weapon of mouse destruction bent on protecting his turf from any and all trespassers.
“We’re happy to announce the addition of Jackie Chan to the cast of The Nut Job 2,” director Cal Brunker said. “Jackie brings a unique voice to our movie, and it’s a real joy to be working with such a talented, award-winning actor and cultural icon.”
Jackie Chan’s career in entertainment has spanned more than five decades and he has been featured in over 100 films on both sides of the Pacific. A martial arts legend, Chan is renowned for his blend of action and comedy, most famously in the films Rush Hour (1998) and Shanghai Noon (2000), both of which went on to spawn on-going film franchises, and more recently in the reboot of The Karate Kid (2010). No stranger to animation, Chan has been featured in the critically acclaimed films Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2012), Kung Fu Panda (2008), as well as the Cantonese and Mandarin editions of Disney’s Mulan (1998), and even inspired his own animated series, Jackie Chan Adventures (2000-2005). As an entertainment veteran, Chan is a cultural icon in Hollywood, where he’s received various honors and awards at the Kid’s Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Hollywood Film Awards, and many more. He is one of the few Chinese actors to have his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Open Road Films will distribute The Nut Job 2 in theaters in the US with The Weinstein Company holding sales rights worldwide except China and Korea.
We’re right in the middle of our summer extravaganza with this month’s collection of DVD’s. Here’s our list of them that’ll like this month:
The evil Nadakhan has set his sights on Ninjago after he finds the Realm Crystal. With his henchmen on his side, the city is in danger unless The Ninja stop them with 5 brand new episodes including the shocking season 6 finale episode on Friday! While there, catch 5 new episodes of SpongeBob this week. This is Realistic Fish Head saying to The Ninja, good luck battling Nadakhan!