Magazine article Screen International

'The Secret Life of Pets' Records UK Hat-Trick as 'Sultan' Grabs All-Time Bollywood Record

Magazine article Screen International

'The Secret Life of Pets' Records UK Hat-Trick as 'Sultan' Grabs All-Time Bollywood Record

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UNIVERSAL

The Secret Life Of Pets has become the first film since Captain America: Civil War in May to record a hat-trick as the UK's number one.

Universal's animation fell only 24% on its way to a $4.67m (£3.63m) third weekend for a terrific $28.7m (£22.27m) to date. It will soon surpass Zootropolis, currently at $30.6m (£23.79m), as the year's biggest animation.

In terms of Illumination Entertainment outings in the UK, The Secret Life Of Pets has now overtaken Despicable Me's $25.6m (£19.9m) to become the studio's highest grossing original animation.

Ice Age: Collision Course's preview-boosted opening or Ghostbusters' seven-day bow will likely see its reign end at the top of the UK box office, but Pets is far from done yet.

Also for Universal, Central Intelligence fell 41% (excluding previews) with a $1.73m (£1.34m) second weekend as it rounded offthis week's top five.

Rawson Marshall Thurber's action-comedy now stands at $7.3m (£5.68m), and needs a solid hold this coming weekend in a busy market to stand a chance of catching We're The Millers' $11.1m (£8.6m) result.

YASH RAJ FILMS

Sultan has recorded the biggest opening for a Bollywood film ever at the UK box office.

Yash Raj Films' huge Indian hit, starring cinema icon Salman Khan, grossed $1.35m (£1.05m) from its 121 sites, including around $573,000 (£445,000) in previews. That surpasses the previous biggest overall debut, My Name Is Khan's $1.21m (£936,454).

Sultan also achieved the highest site average of the weekend with a muscular $11,154 (£8,665).

WARNER BROS

The Legend Of Tarzan swung into the UK box office in second after a strong debut.

Warner Bros' reboot grossed $4.57m (£3.55m) from its 507 sites, including $1.04m (£809,000) in previews. Its Fri-Sun tally of $3.52m (£2.74m) would have also seen it chart second.

Comparisons are tricky as the most recent Tarzan adaptations have been animations. The Legend Of Tarzan has already surpassed the 2013 effort, but is unlikely to match the Disney version which amassed $22.8m (£17.7m) back in 1999.

Also for Warner Bros, The Conjuring 2 scared up an extra $517,000 (£402,000) for $13.3m (£10.31m) after four weeks in play. It should pass The Conjuring's $13.5m (£10.5m) result by the end of this coming weekend.

Me Before You now stands at an excellent $12m (£9.28m) following a $161,000 (£125,000) sixth weekend.

EONE

Now You See Me 2 had to settle for third despite opening last Monday [July 4]. …

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