The sequel to the animated movie 'Secret Life of Pets' opened to mild collection and the situation overall looked pretty gloomy.
'The Secret Life of Pets 2', from Illumination and Universal studio received a lukewarm response from the box office, on its domestic debut weekend. The collection dipped to 54% compared to the last film's budget as the first movie earned $104 million on its debut weekend. It is definitely a huge comedown, compared to the entry of the original film. The original movie broke a lot of records during the opening weekend, for a wholly original theatrical release.
The budget of the movie was $75 million and it earned $368 million domestically and $875 million worldwide. The movie had a very unique approach that banked on the idea of our pets being funny and having an entire world of their own when we are not around. It worked during 2016, and the movie became extremely popular, but it won't be regarded as a modern animated classic by any means.
Till now, the sequel has grossed $48 million from U.S. and Canada and $49.0 million in other territories. The worldwide total of the movie has come up to a total of $97 million, against a production budget of $80 million. In the U.S. and Canada, the movie was released alongside 'Dark Phoenix', and it was initially projected to gross somewhere around $60 million from 4,400 theaters in its opening weekend. After the movie grossed only $17.4 million on its first day, the estimate was lowered down to $46 million.
In the U.K., the movie debuted to $4.1 million from 613 theaters and combining the collection after a week from Russia, the movie made a total of $17.2 million between the two countries. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a rating of 53% based on 93 critical responses, with an average rating of 5.67/10. The critical consensus of the site reads, "The Secret Life of Pets 2 doesn't teach its animated stars any new narrative tricks -- but for fans of the original, this funny, energetic sequel should still satisfy." Metacritic has given the movie an average score of 55 out of 100, based on 27 critics and it has indicated mixed or average reviews. The audience poll from Cinemascore gave the film an average grade of 'A-' on a scale of 'A+ to F'.