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“The Secret Life of Pets” Not So Secret After $104M Debut Weekend; “Finding Dory” Tops Ticket Sales for 2016

The Secret Life of Pets

In its debut weekend, Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets took in a total of $104.35 million in ticket sales to handily take the top spot in the weekend box office race. The total also gave The Secret Life of Pets the most successful opening weekend for an original animated feature, toppling Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out which grossed $90.4 million in its opening weekend. The number 6 also seems to figure into The Secret Life of Pets’ box office numerology, since it is now the sixth animated feature to open with over $100 million in ticket sales (with the others being Shrek 2, Finding Dory, Minions, Shrek the Third, and Toy Story 3) and the sixth feature in 2016 to open over $100 million (the others being Captain America: Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Finding Dory, Deadpool, and the remake of The Jungle Book).

In other animation-related box office news, Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory (which came in third at the box office with $20.8 million in ticket sales) has just become the most successful domestic feature of 2016 with a cumulative $423 million in sales (beating out Captain America: Civil War‘s cumulative total of $406.2 million).

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