Secret Life of Pets Opens to a Big $103.2 Million

“The Secret Life of Pets” Max meeting Duke

"Pets" now stands as the sixth biggest animated opening of all time.

Such a performance is far better than expected - analysts projected $75 million, which still would have been an impressive opening.

"I think this movie resonates among all people", said Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution. "It's a great turnout".

Pets secured the largest opening ever for an original film that wasn't based on previous source material (such as a book or comic), surpassing Inside Out's $90.4 million a year ago.

Kevin Hart's psychotic rabbit Snowball in
Kevin Hart’s psychotic rabbit Snowball in “The Secret Life of Pets”

[Image via Disney]Animated films may be ruling the box office this year and especially this summer, but it's hard to avoid looking at some of the bombs that have come forth. Minions had 56% and that thing made $1.15 billion worldwide at the box office.

The Universal and Illumination Entertainment animated film, which gives a glimpse into what pets do when their owners aren't around, vastly exceeded industry predictions that it would open to about $60 million. The horror pic, costing just $10 million to make, is another win for Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Universal. Stars in the voice booth bringing these characters to life include Louis CK, Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart. The film has scored reasonably well with critics, earning an 84% on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

The family-friendly tale The Secret Life of Pets looks at what pets do when humans aren't around. This would put the animated movie at approximately $50 million in weekend number two. The movie has 57 more territories to open in over the next three months. The little blue fish actually fell to third place with $20.4 million, behind "The Legend of Tarzan" which took in $20.6 million. Internationally, the "Finding Nemo" sequel has pulled in $220.2 million. On Friday, the animated tentpole passed up fellow Disney title Captain America: Civil War ($406 million) to become the summer's top-grossing film to date in North America, finishing Sunday with an estimated total of $421 million. Last week's champion "Finding Dory" narrowly follows at #3 with $20.4 million.

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