So many successful franchises, so much time. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are mixing it up with the sequels of three of their most successful animated IPs. First, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is being pushed by a year from July 13, 2018, to Fourth of July weekend a year later. In addition, Minions 2 is moving up a weekend from July 10, 2020, to a week earlier — Fourth of July weekend (yet again). And not to be upstaged, Sing 2 will get the spotlight on Christmas Day 2020, which is a Friday that year.
Together, the grosses of the original films is a staggering $2.5 billion. Last year’s The Secret Life of Pets, which bowed on July 8, ended up grossing $368.3M domestically and has taken in a whopping $875.4M globally. Minions, released the previous year also in July, is Universal/Illumination’s billion-dollar baby with $1.159B — $336M of that collected stateside. And Sing, which was released late last year, on Decemver 21, has so far grossed $425M worldwide.