It took dogs, cats, and a psycho bunny to knock a forgetful fish in search of her mom and dad off the top of the box office chart. Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets took over the #1 spot on the box office top 10 list with a huge $103 million opening weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, that $103 million three-day take was good enough to make The Secret Life of Pets the top grossing original animated film (not a sequel, prequel or spinoff) in box office history. The top original animated movie opening weekend record had been held by Disney’s Inside Out, which now will have to be satisfied with second place.
The weekend’s other big release, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, performed slightly better than expected. The R-rated comedy starring Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, and Aubrey Plaza had an estimated budget of $30 million and its $16 million opening weekend means 20th Century Fox has reason to be happy with its 4th place finish.
Box Office Top 10: July 8-10, 2016
- The Secret Life of Pets – $103,170,000
- The Legend of Tarzan – $20,615,000
- Finding Dory – $20,351,000
- Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – $16,600,000
- The Purge: Election Year – $11,700,000
- Central Intelligence – $8,125,000
- Independence Day: Resurgence – $7,700,000
- The BFG – $7,604,000
- The Shallows – $4,800,000
- Sultan – $2,216,475