Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“Secret Life of Pets” Eyeing $94Mil Weekend, Record Breaker for Original Animated Film


It’s been an animated summer, that’s for sure. “The Secret Life of Pets” took in approximately $38 million last night. The film will beat “Inside Out” as the biggest weekend gross for an original animated film. Ever.

For Universal Pictures, “Pets” is a much needed jolt in a soft year– after their HUGE year in 2015. “Pets” cost $75 million and already has taken in $30 mil in foreign countries.

The total weekend should come to $94 million. “Inside Out” did $90 million.

And these “Pets” are a franchise. Universal can get two more out of the package at least, not to mention ancillary merchandise, rides, books. etc.

Director Chris Renaud already has “Despicable Me” and its sequel, plus “The Lorax” under his belt, all mega hits. He’s the biggest thing in animation outside of Disney-Pixar. He’s got it made since, according to the imdb, he also lives in Paris.

So far this year we’ve mega hits “Finding Dory” and “Zootopia,” not to mention lesser hits “Angry Birds Movie” and “Kung Fu Panda 3.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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