Two new comedies hit the box-office charts this week, both hoping to topple Disney’s “Finding Dory” and take the number-one spot on the domestic charts. Releasing nationwide this week were”Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” and the animated family-comedy “The Secret Life of Pets”.
Taking the top-spot on the domestic charts this weekend was “The Secret Life of Pets” from Universal. The film pulled-in an amazing $103.2M domestically, opening across 4,370 locations. “The Secret Life of Pets” was directed by Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud, working off a script written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. The film stars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart.
Remaining at number-two for a second week in a row was “The Legend of Tarzan” from Warner Bros. Pictures. The film earned an additional $22M this weekend, remaining in 3,591 locations. Now in its second week, the film has grossed over $81.4M in the U.S. alone. “The Legend of Tarzan” was directed by David Yates, the screenplay was written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens and Margot Robbie.
Dropping from first to third this weekend was Disney’s “Finding Dory,” which earned $20.4M across 3,871 locations. The film has been in theaters for four-weeks at this point, reaching $422.6M domestically. “Finding Dory” was directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane. The screenplay for the sequel was written by Stanton, who also wrote the original story. The film stars the voice-talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Bill Hader and Sigourney Weaver.
The fourth-spot went to the only other new release this week, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” from Fox studios. The adult comedy earned $16.6M across 2,982 locations. “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” was directed by Jake Szymanski, the script was written by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. The film stars Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza.
Rounding out the top-five on the domestic-charts this weekend is “The Purge: Election Year,” also from Universal Studios. The thriller earned an additional $11.7M this weekend, and remained in 2,821 locations. The film has been in theaters for two-weeks now, reaching $58.1M domestically. “The Purge: Election Year” was written and directed by James DeMonaco, the film stars Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell and Mykelti Williamson.