Who wouldn’t want to watch a film about what your pets get up to when you’re not around? That’s exactly what Illumination Entertainment, the guys who brought us Minions and Despicable Me 2, have done. Their new film, The Secret Life of Pets, opened to huge acclaim across the US on Friday.
Illumination Entertainment is battling the big boys, gaining $38.3 million on The Secret Life of Pet‘s opening with a further weekend total of $96 million, according to Collider. This means the film has already knocked the hotly-anticipated Finding Dory off of the top spot.
That figure also puts The Secret Life of Pets far above Pixar’s Inside Out, which grossed $90.4 million last year. Add this to the figures for Minions ($1 billion worldwide) and Despicable Me 2 ($970 million worldwide), Illumination is challenging the giants.
The Secret Life of Pets sees Louis C.K.’s character, a terrier called Max, exploring New York with his new roommate, a massive dog named, Duke. In true animated fashion, the dogs have to find their way home. Expect some laughs and drama along the journey — and fur, a lot of fur.
Metacritic, the database which averages the scores of critics, has given The Secret Life of Pets a strong rating of 61. This, along with the huge CinemaScore, will see the film rising in popularity over the coming days.
Illumination Entertainment doesn’t plan to stop at The Secret Life of Pets, either. The film studio is in the works to produce the musical Sing which will be arriving in theatres this Christmas. Not only this, but the studio also has Despicable Me 3 and a re-telling of The Gringe Who Stole Christmas on the cards.
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