The sequel to Illumination’s $875M worldwide-grossing animated pic from last summer will continue its tale on 2019, Universal announced. On its new date, The Secret Life of Pets 2 will rival Sony’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels and 20th Century Fox’s untitled Marvel release. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy are producing the sequel, with Brian Lynch (Minions) returning as writer and Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series) directing.
Together, the grosses of the original films is a staggering $2.5 billion. Last year’s The Secret Life of Pets, which bowed on July 8, ended up grossing $368M domestically and has taken in a whopping $875M globally. Minions, released the previous year also in July, is Universal/Illumination’s billion-dollar baby with $1.159B — $336M of that collected stateside. And Sing, which was released late last year, on Decemver 21, has so far grossed $425M worldwide.
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The pic’s previous release date was the holiday weekend of July 3, 2019. It had been pushed back in January from July 13, 2018.
It will face SW:IX’ 3rd weekend, and on it’s own 3rd weekend will face ToyStory4. Not a long run for Pets 2 imo. 2019 is not a good summer, Disney will cannibalize most of the boxoffice with Infinity War 2, Episode 9, Toy Story 4 and Lion King. They will even cannibalize at some point their own movies legs.
Disney has 5 movies in 2019 that have the potential to cross the billion mark: Avengers 4, Star Wars IX, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, and Frozen 2. Avengers 4 and SW9 in particular are just 3 weeks apart. I think that will affect the legs of those movies.
The first one wasn’t really that good. It was just a cheap rip-off of “Toy Story” with a little bit of “Toy Story 2” thrown in there as well. Hopefully, the sequel will at least be better.