The 4th of July holiday weekend didn't provided the usual fireworks at the box office, with Pixar's Finding Dory winning for a third weekend in a row with $41.8 million over the three-day frame, and $51.4 million over the four-day holiday. The animated holdover won for its third straight weekend in a row, taking down three newcomers, Disney's The BFG, Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan and Universal's The Purge: Election Year. This weekend, a different animated movie took th top spot, with Universal's The Secret Life of Pets scoring big with $103.1 million.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment's Secret Life of Pets was also a hit with critics this weekend, earning a solid 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Box Office Mojo reports that this animated comedy took in a whopping $23,609 per-screen average from 4,370 theaters. That rollout is the fifth widest of all time, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (4,375), Iron Man 2 (4,380), The Dark Knight Rises (4,404) and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (4,468). The movie has already turned a profit, since it was produced under a $75 million, and it has also made an additional $42.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of $145.7 million.
For one bustling Manhattan apartment building, the real day starts after the folks on two legs leave for work and school. That's when the pets of every stripe, fur, and feather begin their own nine-to-five routine: hanging out with each other, trading humiliating stories about their owners or auditioning adorable looks to get better snacks. The buildings top dog, Max (voiced by
Louis C.K.) a quick witted terrier rescue who's convinced he sits at the center of his owner's universe, finds his pampered life rocked when she brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a sloppy, massive mess of a mongrel with zero interpersonal skills. When this reluctant canine due find themselves out on the mean streets pf New York, they have to set aside their differences and unite against a fluffy-yet cunning bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), who's building an army of ex-pets abandoned by their owners and out to turn the tables on humanity...all before dinner time.
The Legend of Tarzan remained in second place this weekend with $20.6 million, just barely beating the winner for the last three weekends, Finding Dory, which dropped to third place with $20.3 million. While this is the first time in its four-week run that Finding Dory has not come out on top, it did surpass Captain America: Civil War's $406.2 million gross to become the highest-grossing movie of 2016 with $422.5 million. Rounding out the top 5 was new comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates in fourth place with $16.6 million and The Purge: Election Year in fifth place with $11.7 million, dropping a whopping 62.9% from its opening weekend.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates centers on two hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron), who place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza) for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo. The supporting cast includes Stephen Root, Sugar Lyn Beard, Sam Richardson, Alice Wetterlund, Sam Richardson, Lavell Crawford, Kumain Nanjiani and Jake Johnson.
The top 10 is rounded out by Central Intelligence ($8.1 million), Independence Day: Resurgence ($7.7 million, The BFG ($7.6 million), The Shallows $4.8 million and surprising newcomer Sultan ($2.2 million). Sultan opened in just 283 theaters, but it posted an impressive $7,832 per-screen average to squeak into the top 10. Bleecker Street's Captain Fantastic also had a stellar debut in limited release, taking in $98,451 from four theaters for a $24,613 per-screen average. Well Go USA's Cold War 2 ($165,500, 22 theaters, $7,523 per-screen average) and Sony Classics' Our Little Sister ($27,070, three theaters, $9,023 per-screen average) performed well in limited release, but no data was released for Saban Films' Cell, ESX Entertainment's The Dog Lover, Independent's Fathers and Daughters, Magnolia's Zero Days and Music Box Films' Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.
Looking ahead to next weekend, only two new releases hit theaters, but this box office race will certainly be watched closely. Sony Pictures will roll out their divisive Ghostbusters remake, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, this weekend, opening in approximately 3,700 theaters, with its only competition in wide releaase set to be Broad Green Films' The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston. Also opening in limited release is Lionsgate's Cafe Society, the latest from Woody Allen, A24's Equals, GKIDS' Phantom Boy, Independent's Undrafted and Quality Flix's documentary Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party. It isn't known if any of these limited release movies will expand in the weeks to come. Check back on Tuesday for next week's predictions, but until then take a look at this weekend's top 10.