Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ The Secret Life of Pets has barked, meowed and hopped over the $400M worldwide box office mark. Domestically, the total through Tuesday is $300.3M. Internationally, where there is still a lot of rollout to come, the total is $103.5M. China opened today, and while figures from the Middle Kingdom are not official and not included in the cumes listed above, it leads the Tuesday rankings there.
On the heels of the $400M milestone, Illumination and Universal have set a July 13, 2018, release date for The Secret Life Of Pets 2. This actually was a sort of cheeky public secret, hinted at by a previously announced date for an “Untitled Illumination Franchise Film.”
Domestically, Pets debuted in early July as the best opening for an original film, animated or otherwise, with a $104.4M start, and held the No. 1 spot for two weekends. The offshore tummy-rub on the Chris Renaud-helmed family pic began in late June after debuting at the Annecy festival and for Euro exhibs in Barcelona. Voiced by Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart and a litter of other well-known names, its next high-profile Continental launch will be at the Venice Film Festival, where Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri will be honored.
For pet owners and the pet-curious, the concept of what our pets get up to when we leave the house is universal and clearly has clicked in a highly animated summer. Pets has opened No. 1 in 18 offshore markets to date and has 48 more territories to go.
The second film in the series will be produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy. Writer Brian Lynch will return as will Renaud.