Universal Pictures and Illumination’s latest animated feature The Secret Life of Pets 2 opened over the weekend in top spot at the domestic box office. The animated sequel opened with an estimated $47.1 million. The film also opened in several international markets and has taken in an estimated $49 million for a worldwide gross of $97 million.
Opening in second place was 20th Century Fox’s X-Men swansong Dark Phoenix with a soft $33 million. The film, which has been dogged with negative reviews, had the lowest opening weekend of any of the movies in the X-Men series, opening with $20 million less than 2013’s The Wolverine and almost half the opening of X-Men: Apocalypse, the last film in the series which opened in 2016.
Last week’s top three films landed in the next three spots, albeit in a different order. Disney’s live action Aladdin remake took in another $24.5 million, Warner Bros.’ Godzilla: King of the Monsters saw a sharp drop in week #2 and landed in fourth place with $15.5 million, while Paramount’s Elton John musical biopic Rocketman dropped to fifth place with $14.0 million. Including international receipts Rocketman has just surpassed the $100 million worldwide mark.
- The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Universal) $47.1 million
- Dark Phoenix (20th Century Fox) $33.0 million
- Aladdin (Disney) $24.5 million
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner Bros.) $15.5 million
- Rocketman (Paramount) $14.0 million
Friday will see the release of a couple of new wide releases. Sony / Columbia Pictures will release the sci-fi comedy Men in Black International while Warner Bros. / New Line will try to bring back Shaft in the third film of the series. The original, distributed by MGM and also called Shaft, was released in 1971 while the 2000 sequel from Paramount Pictures was also called simply Shaft.