The Secret Life of Pets Expected to Make $70M Plus on Debut and Overtake Finding Dory

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?The Secret Life of Pets,? the animated movie from Illumination and Universal, is expected by the Hollywood entertainment press to overtake Disney and Pixar?s ?Finding Dory? once it hits cinemas this weekend.

?The Secret Life of Pets? is a hilarious, heartwarming, fun-filled story about the lives of pets when their owners leave the house. It features the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks. It is directed by Chris Renaud, who helmed ?Despicable Me? and ?Despicable Me 2.?

The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that ?Finding Dory? has been the summer?s biggest hit next to Marvel?s super-hero offering ?Captain America: Civil War.? ?From Pixar and Disney, Finding Dory has topped the box-office chart for three weekends, amassing north of $381 million domestically to become the summer’s biggest player behind Captain America: Civil War.?

Still according to the Hollywood Reporter, ?The Secret Life of Pets,? which already opened in several international markets and in the UK, has so far raked in impressive numbers. ?The pic ? which cost $75 million to make, a relatively modest number for a studio animated offering ? has already opened in select international markets, earning a stellar $30.9 million to date, including a record $13.4 million debut in the U.K.?

With these numbers, ?The Secret Life of Pets? has a good chance of amassing $70 million in its domestic debut.

One of the things that moviegoers should watch for when they see ?The Secret Life of Pets? is the movie?s opening short feature titled ?Mower Minions.? A short-film by Glenn McCoy, ?Mower Minions? revolves around the vertically-challenged yellow creatures who decide to start a lawn-mowing business so they can earn money to buy a product that they saw in an infomercial. ?Mower Minions? is reportedly a future full-length animation film that will be released in 2017.

Are you excited to see ?The Secret Life of Pets?? Do you think it would be a hit or a miss? ?The Secret Life of Pets? will begin playing in roughly 4,300 theaters on Friday.

Watch the trailer below:

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