After dominating the US box office for three consecutive weekends, recent reports hinted that “Finding Dory” might be replaced by “The Secret Life of Pets.”
Will the Illumination-Universal’s 3D computer animated comedy film be successful in dethroning Disney-Pixar’s blockbuster hit?
For only 18 days, the sequel to the highly-successful 2003 “Finding Nemo” was able to generate $381 million, dominating at multiplexes, a Variety report disclosed.
According to the entertainment site, it is expected that pet-loving moviegoers will fill the approximately 4,300 theaters in North America when “The Secret Life of Pets” opens on July 8.
With the anticipated support that the film will get, it is not impossible for it to earn at least $70 million this weekend at the US box office, especially with its performance in the international markets.
The report noted that in the six international markets, the movie grossed $31 million, and was even regarded as the second top-grossing film in the United Kingdom.
In the meantime, the Deadline reported that “The Secret Life of Pets” might just surpass the performance of Illumination’s “Despicable Me” in July 2010 wherein its opening grossed $56.39 million.
The report speculated that the fate of “Finding Dory” may somehow mirror that of “Toy Story 3” wherein its sales dropped by 31 percent when “Despicable Me” opened.
Meanwhile, the Deadline also revealed that for Illumination and Universal to ensure the success of their joint project, NBC Universal has adopted cross-promotions and has also opted to promote it for a year.
“The Secret Life of Pets,” which reportedly had a budget of $75 million, stars the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks.
Catch the Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney-directed movie “The Secret Life of Pets” and see why it can allegedly put “Finding Dory” to shame.