Initial Reaction: Video Review - THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

In what feels like the first genuine break-out movie of the summer we finally have a non-sequel, wholly original property that didn't even operate on brand recognition and was still able to manage a debut of over $100 million. With The Secret Life of Pets Illumination Animation delivered their sixth film in six years and with the simple idea of doing for pets what Toy Story did for toys the film had an engaging enough premise and funny enough trailer to entice even those who only go to the movies two or three times a year. With Charles out on vacation this week I thought there was no better time than to make my wife face her fear of being on camera to deliver a parents perspective on the latest animated family film (I may be biased, but I thought she did pretty dang good). While we of course thought of numerous things to discuss after the camera stopped rolling the big story here is that The Secret Life of Pets absolutely blew the door off all pre-release expectations with a $103.17 million weekend which was enough to not only be the sixth animated film to ever open with more than $100 million, but also enough to surpass last years Inside Out to be the largest opening for an original, animated property. While The Secret Life of Pets did big business the other animated juggernaut of the summer, Finding Dory, saw its reign atop the box office finally come to an end as it was knocked down to third place with a $20.3 million fourth weekend. Pixar can't complain though, as that total pushes Dory's domestic cume to $422.5 million, making it the highest grossing domestic release of 2016 and the third highest grossing animated release of all-time. The other new weekend release, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, starring Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine, and Aubrey Plaza also scored a higher than expected opening weekend with a solid $16.6 million, fourth place debut. As always, hit the jump to watch this week's review and be sure to subscribe to our channel as we have a new review (or reviews) up each week! Appreciate the support.

You can also read my full The Secret Life of Pets review here.

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