MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL debuts atop the Box Office with $26.3 million from 4,224 theatres for Sony Pictures. Franchise best still belongs to 2012’s MIB3 opening with $54 million. This installment which introduces Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, gets 24% on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 still goes strong in second with $23.7 million from 4,564 theatres for Universal Pictures. Over two weeks it has made $91.9 million in North America.
In third is ALADDIN with $17.1 million, four-week tally of $263.8 million domestically for Disney.
SHAFT debuts in seventh with $$7.1 million from 2,952 theatres for Warner Bros. It gets 35% on the Tomatometer and an A CinemaScore.
LATE NIGHT makes its Top Ten debut in ninth with $4.7 million for Amazon Studios/eOne Films, expanding to 2,218 theatres. It gets an 81% on the Tomatometer and a B+ CinemaScore.
MA rounds things out with $3.8 million for Universal Pictures, a three week total of $40.5 million.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 prevails at the Box Office, opening on-top with $46.2 million from 4,561 theatres for Universal Pictures. It gets 54% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore. While impressive, this feat still is unable to top its 2016 Predecessor’s $104 million bow.
In second is DARK PHOENIX with $33.9 million from 3,721 theatres in in its debut for 20th Century Fox. It gets 22% on the Tomatometer and B- CinemaScore. The Film has the lowest grossing opening to date for the X-Men Franchise.
ALADDIN still is going strong in third this weekend with $24.6 million, a three week tally of $210 million in North America.
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS slips to fourth this weekend with $14.4 million, a total $77.4 million over two weeks domestically for Warner Bros.
BOOKSMART rounds-out the Top Ten with $1.6 million from 1,134 theatres for eOne Films/United Artists Releasing. It has made $17.8 million over three weeks.
Back in 2016, The Secret Life of Pets took the Box Office by storm as an animated movie which could be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
It told the story of Max, a terrier who enjoys an idyllic home life with his owner Katie. But the peace is shattered when she adopts another stray, Duke, who turns out to be something of a handful and an enemy to Max (until the generic Hollywood ‘we’re all the same, really’ narrative kicks in).
That first movie made $875 million worldwide – not bad for its $75 million budget – and so writer Brian Lynch, who penned the Minions movie, and director Chris Renaud, at the helm of Despicable Me, have returned for the sequel hoping for a similarly money-spinning epic.
There has been a crucial casting change: Louis C.K., who became persona non grata in Hollywood following a scandal, has been replaced as the voice of Max by Patton Oswalt, last heard voicing the eponymous blue unicorn Happy in the Netflix series of the same name. The sharp-eared will detect the dulcet tones of Harrison Ford, Dana Carvey and Hannibal Buress in cameo roles, too.
This time around the action focuses on Max’s visit to the terrifying vet, and the adventures he gets into on the way alongside his buddies Duke (Eric Stonestreet), Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), Snowball (Kevin Hart) and Gidget (Jenny Slate).
There’s also plenty of other side stories to enjoy, including the newcomer Daisy, a feisty foil to the more reserved Max, calling on the help of Snowball to help rescue and release a white tiger that she happens to have in her company. Hart’s cowardly rabbit is transformed into Captain Snowball, and some rib-tickling takes on superhero movie culture ensue.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 builds on the same tropes as the original movie. There’s plenty of cute fluffy animals for the kids to enjoy, a pleasing undertone of friendship and togetherness that parents will enjoy their children learning, and a few near-the-knuckle jokes that will have adults chuckling and the kids wondering what mommy and daddy are laughing at.
One of the standout scenes comes in the waiting room at the veterinary clinic, where Max waits nervously to be seen by a professional. He is regaled with horror stories from his fellow pets in a genuinely funny sequence that will have any animal-lover nodding in recognition.
And cat owners will enjoy the sequences involving Chloe, the rotund grey feline who is given Catnip and acts in rather psychedelic fashion thereafter. The scene where she tries to waken Katie and has, well, an accident that will be familiar to many.
Released by Universal Pictures with a PG certificate, The Secret Life of Pets 2 hits theaters on June 7. If you can’t wait that long, you can always pick up the DVDof the first movie in the series, which is available for just $3.44 from Amazon.
And if cute animals are your thing, there are games such as the Fluffy Favourites slots, available to play at Lucky Pants Bingo, from which to get your furry fix. Featuring a cast of adorable creatures, you’ll have a blast watching them spin on your reels and, who knows, you might even pick up some cash prizes along the way.
In summary, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is the perfect movie for children and big kids alike, and the addition of the brilliant Oswalt in the lead role of Max helps to take the franchise to the next level.
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Synopsis: Illumination’s tenth feature, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster that had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.
Packed with Illumination’s signature irreverence and subversive humor, this new chapter explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them and the families that love them, and answers the question that has long intrigued every pet owner: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?
Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max’s anxiety. Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster (Harrison Ford, making his animated-film debut), who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom.
Meanwhile, while her owner is away, plucky Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip.
And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) gets delusions of grandeur that he’s an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s only been pretending to be.
Can Max, Snowball, Gidget and the rest of the gang find the inner courage to face their biggest fears?
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Universal Pictures Canada release THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2Friday, June 7, 2019.
We loved the first one! We’re delighted to show you the new Trailer for THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2!
Synopsis: The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). www.thesecretlifeofpets.com
Cast: Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Bobby Moynihan, Patton Oswald, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet
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Universal Pictures Canada release THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2Friday, June 7, 2019.
It never truly feels like Awards Season until the 74th Golden Globe Awards nominations are known and with that being said, it’s official! We’re ready for that gold! Nominees were announced at 5:00 AM EST this morning and as expected Oscar frontrunner La La Land finds itself on-top with a total seven nods including Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and Director for 31-year-old visionary Damien Chazelle. Moonlight is close behind in second with six nominations, many seeing it likely to take Best Motion Picture – Drama. The two Films will likely face-off for Best Picture when Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
In the Television categories, FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story dominates with five nominations, with new series like Netflix’s The Crown, HBO’s Westworld and NBC’s This is Us making their presence felt with three nods apiece.
While many industry experts are predicting an Oscar win for 28-year-old Emma Stone, who previously was nominated for 2014’s Birdman, Awards Season thus far has started a bit rocky for the La La Land star who took home Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, but failed to win at last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards. Important Critics Associations like the Washington DC Area Film Critics and Toronto Film Critics Associations chose Natalie Portman (Jackie) and Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann) respectively.
Many also are surprised that while Portman gets a Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama nomination for Jackie, the Film itself isn’t up for Best Motion Picture Drama. While it still has yet to open, but has screened for select Critics, Martin Scorcese‘s passion project Silence also failed to garner a nod, although its presence might be felt at the Oscars. While faring well at the Box Office and critically, both Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets failed to get Best Animated Feature Film nods. Strong performances from past Golden Globe winners Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Rebecca Hall (Christine), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals) and Tom Hanks (Sully) also weren’t recognized this time around.
JASON BOURNE takes the top of the Box Office in its debut, continuing its Franchise’s legacy of success with $59 million from 4,026 theatres for Universal Pictures. In relation to its Predecessors, it still cannot surpass the $69 million opening of 2007’s THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM but is second best, firmly ahead of 2005’s THE BOURNE SUPREMACY. Critics gave it a 56% on the Tomatometer, but Audiences loved it with an A- CinemaScore.
After dominating last weekend, STAR TREK BEYOND takes second position with $24 million for Paramount Pictures. In two weeks, it has grossed $105 million in North America.
Opening in third for STX Entertainment and eOne Films is BAD MOMS with $23.7 million from 3,215 theatres. The Comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell gets a strong A CinemaScore, while Critics gave it a passing 63% on the Tomatometer. This definitely will help give it legs to go on in coming weeks.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS still is going strong in fourth with $17 million for Universal Pictures. Over four weeks it is almost at the $300 million-mark.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE is in fifth with $10.9 million for 20th Century Fox, a total of $42 million in two weeks.
LIGHTS OUT continues to be the “little engine who could”, powering along in sixth with $10 million for Warner Bros. Made for less than $5 million, the Horror is now en route to $42 million in earnings.
NERVE opens in ninth with $9 million for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. Since its opening Wednesday it has made $15 million. Critics gave it a 56% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences gave it an A- CinemaScore.
CAFÉ SOCIETY rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.4 million from only 565 theatres for Lionsgate Films/Amazon (a rare partnership) and Mongrel Media. The Woody Allen Film get a 71% on the Tomatometer.
Despite posting its lowest numbers yet since its resurrection, STAR TREK BEYOND still has plenty to go on to take the top of the Box Office across North American this weekend with $56 million from 3,928 theatres for Paramount Pictures. Critics gave this latest installment from Director Justin Lin a 75% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore. 2009’s Star Trek still holds the Franchise’s highest debut with $75 million.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS in its third week still is going strong with $29 million from 4,048 theatres for Universal Pictures. Thus far it has grossed $260 million already in its domestic run.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE opens in third with $21 million for 20th Century Fox, from 3,992 theatres. Critics gave this latest installment 13% only on the Tomatometer and a B- CinemaScore.
LIGHTS OUT opens in fourth with $21 million from 2,818 theatres for Warner Bros. Critics gave the Horror starring Teresa Palmer a 77% on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
GHOSTBUSTERS gets shuffled back to fifth with $20 million for Sony Pictures. In two weeks it has earned $85 million.
THE INFILTRATOR in its second week rounds-out the Top Ten for Lionsgate Films with $3.1 million. In its two weeks, it has made $11.9 million.
For a second straight week, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS takes the top of the Box Office with $50.4 million for Universal Pictures from 4,381 theatres. In two weeks thus far, it has made already $203 million in North America en route to some huge things.
Despite tons of backlash, GHOSTBUSTERS silences its naysayers with a big opening, $46 million from 3,963 theatres for Sony Pictures. Critics gave the Reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, gets a 75% on the Tomatometer. Audiences gave it a similar B+ CinemaScore.
THE LEGEND OF TARZAN is in third this weekend with $11.5 million for Warner Bros. It has made $103 million over three weeks domestically.
FINDING DORY is in fourth for Disney with $11 million, making $445 million in five weeks only.
MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES places fifth with $7.3 million for 20th Century Fox, a decent $31.2 million in two weeks out.
THE INFILTRATOR debuts in eighth for Broad Green Pictures with $4.6 million from 1,601 theatres. It will open in Canada next month for Mongrel Media.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE rounds-out the Top Ten with $3.3 million for 20th Century Fox, just shy of the $100 million-mark.
This looks absolutely adorable! Ever since I saw the Trailer for THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS last fall, it’s been on my mind. What makes it unique is that it captures all the adorable “ham” things about our pets that we love, answering the undying question, “What do our pets do when we’re out at work??!?”. Anyone who’s ever owned a pet will relate right away when seeing this.
For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.
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Universal Pictures Canada release THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS on Friday, July 8, 2016.