The Secret Life of Pets surpasses Avatar? This is possible based on their recent earnings in the first few months. The film has already reached $800 million two months since its premiere in July this year. According to the latest predictions, this animated movie could reach $4 billion in worldwide sales sooner than expected.
When talking about movies and their earnings, James Cameron’s Avatar is the first film to have in mind, because this film remained unbeatable until this date. The film launched in December of 2009 under Twentieth Century Fox Film and succeeded with more than $2 billion in worldwide earnings, almost reaching $3 billion ($2.788B to be exact).
Now, another challenger crossed and tried to beat its defined success as Illumination Entertainment, the same company that produced the iconic Minions, premiered The Secret Life of Pets in July. With only $75 million budget for the production of the entire movie, it grossed approximately $726.2 million.
Based on the recent figures, the animation film has already reached $800 million and ranked as the top six successful movie in 2016. According to Deadline, it will be possible for Illumination Entertainment to beat Avatar’s success with these high numbers.
The same source stated that it’s likely reaching an estimated amount of $4.027 billion in this year alone. In addition to that, it recorded as one of the biggest premiere held for an original animated film that launched in 17 territories across the globe.
Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO Chris Meledandri noted that the main reason behind the success of The Secret Life of Pets and the other films they have produced is that it certainly resonated the families and those people with no families. This has been their main target in their movies.
He added that they have made sure that the films they release can clearly connect with people and can tackle universal issues, regardless of the differences of everyone who were watching the movie.
“Because our audience is a global audience – and I’d say on average, we’re making movies that play to both families and non-families – if we are fortunate enough to have an idea at the center of a movie that has tremendous universality, then you almost can’t stop the film when it hits the theaters,” Meledandri said.
In the meantime, the company is preparing for the next movies slated in 2017 and 2018 respectively, such as Despicable Me 3 and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. They are also discussing about The Secret Life of Pets 2.
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