Hollywood 2016: Animation Movies Rule the World

July 17, 2016The Secret Life of Pets easily stayed No. 1 in its second weekend even as it declined 52 percent to $50.6 million from 4,381 locations for a total of $203.2 million through Sunday.

Overseas, the Illumination Entertainment and Universal release has earned $50.8 million from its first nine markets for an early global total of $254 million.

Animated offerings continued to rule all the way around. Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course topped the foreign box-office chart with $53.5 million from 51 markets, putting its international total at $127 million ahead of its domestic launch on July 22. New openings included France ($7.2 million) and the U.K. ($5.2 million).

Finding Dory has become the top-grossing animated title of all time in North America with $445.5 million through Sunday.

Shrek 2 was the previous champion with a haul of $444.2 million, not accounting for inflation.

For the weekend of July 15-17, Finding Dory placed No. 4 with $11 million, while overseas it earned another $36.5 million from 45 countries for a worldwide cumulative of $721.8 million for Pixar and Disney.