Box office: Pets, Dory set new records for animated films

Box office: Pets, Dory set new records for animated films July 10, 2016

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A couple of animated films set a few new records at the box office this week.

First, The Secret Life of Pets made an estimated $103.2 million between Thursday and Sunday nights, which is the biggest opening ever for an original animated film (previous champ: last year’s Inside Out, which opened to $90.4 million).

The film also had the sixth-biggest opening of any animated movie ever, behind four sequels (Finding Dory, Shrek 2 + 3, Toy Story 3) and one prequel (Minions).

Second, Finding Dory grossed $20.4 million in its fourth week and raised its domestic total to $422.6 million, which makes it the top-grossing Pixar movie ever in North America (ahead of Toy Story 3, which grossed $415 million in 2010).

Finding Dory is currently neck-and-neck with The Lion King (which grossed $422.8 million between 1994 and 2011) for the title of top-grossing animated Disney movie in North America. Once it passes that film, it will be second only to Shrek 2 (which earned $441.2 million for DreamWorks back in 2004) on the all-time animated list.

Finding Dory’s rise up the charts has been a little slower overseas, where it has earned $220.2 million so far but has yet to be released in certain key markets, like Japan.

Finding Dory has also passed Captain America: Civil War to become the top-grossing movie of the year in North America, though it is still only sixth worldwide.

Interestingly, both Dory and Pets feature Albert Brooks as one of their co-stars.

The other new wide release this week was Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, an R-rated comedy that grossed $16.6 million and landed in fourth place.

Meanwhile, in other box-office news…

The Legend of Tarzan earned $20.6 million and ranked second in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $81.4 million. The film has earned another $54 million overseas for a global total of $135.4 million.

The Purge: Election Year earned $11.7 million and ranked fifth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $58.1 million. The film has earned another $2.2 million overseas for a global total of $60.3 million.

Central Intelligence earned $8.1 million and ranked sixth in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $108.3 million. The film has earned another $47.9 million overseas for a global total of $156.2 million.

Independence Day: Resurgence earned $7.7 million and ranked seventh in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $91.5 million. The film has earned another $214.3 million overseas for a global total of $305.8 million.

The BFG earned $7.6 million and ranked eighth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $38.7 million. The film has earned another $11.9 million overseas for a global total of $50.6 million.

The Shallows earned $4.8 million and ranked ninth in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $45.8 million. The film has earned an extra $85,977 in Thailand but does not seem to have been released in any other countries yet.

Now for a bit of extra data on the year’s top-grossing animated films:

In North America, Finding Dory now ranks third (and Zootopia still ranks ninth):

  • 2004 — Shrek 2 (DreamWorks) — $441.2 million
  • 1994 — The Lion King (Disney) — $422.8 million
  • 2016 — Finding Dory (Pixar) — $422.6 million
  • 2010 — Toy Story 3 (Pixar) — $415.0 million
  • 2013 — Frozen (Disney) — $400.7 million
  • 2003 — Finding Nemo (Pixar) — $380.8 million
  • 2013 — Despicable Me 2 (Universal) — $368.1 million
  • 2015 — Inside Out (Pixar) — $356.5 million
  • 2016 — Zootopia (Disney) — $341 million
  • 2015 — Minions (Universal) — $336 million

Overseas, Zootopia still ranks fifth:

  • 2013 — Frozen (Disney) — $875.7 million
  • 2015 — Minions (Universal) — $823.4 million
  • 2012 — Ice Age: Continental Drift (Fox) — $715.9 million
  • 2009 — Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) — $690.1 million
  • 2016 — Zootopia (Disney) — $680.5 million
  • 2010 — Toy Story 3 (Pixar) — $648.2 million
  • 2013 — Despicable Me 2 (Universal) — $602.7 million
  • 1994 — The Lion King (Disney) — $564.7 million
  • 2003 — Finding Nemo (Pixar) — $555.9 million
  • 2012 — Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (DreamWorks) — $530.5 million

And worldwide, the film still ranks fourth:

  • 2013 — Frozen (Disney) — $400.7 + 875.7 = 1276.5 million
  • 2015 — Minions (Universal) — $336.0 + 823.4 = 1159.4 million
  • 2010 — Toy Story 3 (Pixar) — $415.0 + 648.2 = 1063.2 million
  • 2016 — Zootopia (Disney) — $341.0 + 680.5 = 1021.5 million
  • 1994 — The Lion King (Disney) — $422.8 + 564.7 = 987.5 million
  • 2013 — Despicable Me 2 (Universal) — $368.1 + 602.7 = 970.8 million
  • 2003 — Finding Nemo (Pixar) — $380.8 + 555.9 = 936.7 million
  • 2004 — Shrek 2 (DreamWorks) — $441.2 + 478.6 = 919.8 million
  • 2009 — Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) — $196.6 + 690.1 = 886.7 million
  • 2012 — Ice Age: Continental Drift (Fox) — $161.3 + 715.9 = 877.2 million

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