The Secret Life of Pets tops Ghostbusters at the box office
llumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets, the fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration with Universal Pictures, topped the box office for a second straight weekend with $50.6 million. Made for $75 million, the film has earned $203.2 million domestically in two weeks. Internationally, The Secret Life of Pets has grossed $50.8 million for a worldwide total of $254 million. The Secret Life of Pets was directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2) and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch. The movie stars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart in their animated feature-film debuts, with co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks.
Sony Pictures‘ Ghostbusters debuted in second place with an estimated $46 million from 3,963 theaters, an average of $11,607 per location. Made for about $144 million, the Paul Feig-directed film received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. Ghostbusters stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams and Chris Hemsworth.
In its third weekend, Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Legend of Tarzan added $11.1 million in third place to push its domestic total past the $100 mark with $103.1 million. Internationally, the David Yates-directed film earned $22 million this weekend from 55 markets, bringing the overseas total to $90.6 million and worldwide sum to $193.7 million. The film, made for $180 million, stars Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Djimon Hounsou. The Legend of Tarzan opens in China this Tuesday, July 19.
In fourth place, Disney•Pixar‘s Finding Dory grossed another $11 million in North America its fifth weekend to swim to $445.5 million. The movie now stands as the highest-grossing animated release of all-time domestically, passing Shrek 2’s long-held record of $441.2 million. This result has also helped push the 2016 domestic total to date for The Walt Disney Studios past $2 billion, making it the fastest time this has been achieved in industry history and following on from last weekend’s news of the studio crossing $3 billion internationally and $5 billion globally. Internationally, Finding Dory grossed $36.5 million this weekend to bring its overseas sum to $276.2 million and worldwide total to $721.7 million. Directed by Andrew Stanton, Finding Dory features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Michael Sheen, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.
20th Century Fox’s R-rated comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates rounded out the top five with $7.5 million its second weekend. The film, which cost $33 million to make, has earned $31.3 million domestically. Directed by Jake Szymanski, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates stars Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine, and Aubrey Plaza.
Coming in at No. 6, Universal and Blumhouse’s The Purge: Election Year grossed $6.1 million its third weekend for a total of $71 million in North America. Internationally, the film has earned $7.2 million. Made for just $10 million, the James DeMonaco-directed film stars Frank Grillo and Elizabeth Mitchell.
The Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart action-comedy Central Intelligence earned $5.3 million in seventh place for a five-week total of $117.5 million. Overseas, Central Intelligence has earned $63 million for a global cume of $180.5 million.
Broad Green Pictures opened the Brad Furman-directed The Infiltrator in 1,600 theaters, where it grossed $5.3 million for the eighth spot. Starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Elena Anaya, Olympia Dukakis, Juliet Aubrey and Amy Ryan, the film has made $6.7 million since opening last Wednesday. It received an A- CinemaScore.
Also, Woody Allen’s Cafe Society debuted in five theaters and grossed $355,000, or $71,000 per theater. The film stars Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll and Ken Stott.