Taking the No. 1 spot in its debut weekend is "The Secret Life of Pets 2" bringing in an estimated $47 million. That was enough to take the weekend but not nearly as successful as the original.
The original "Secret Life of Pets" managed a $104 million debut and still holds the opening weekend record for a wholly original animated feature film.
Fortunately, despite the large dip in debut ticket sales, "The Secret Life of Pets 2" cost a fairly reasonable $80 million and if you combine the domestic and foreign ticket sales Universal Pictures has already made a profit.
Taking the No. 2 spot and falling well behind box office expectations is "Dark Phoenix" bringing in an estimated $33 million in its first weekend out. That is the worst feature film debut in the nearly two-decade long X-Men franchise.
Even the original "X-Men" film from July 2000 roped in $20 million more at the domestic box office.
Not only that, but critically "Dark Phoenix" is at the bottom of the franchise totem pole as well. With an abysmal 22% on the tomatometer this is the worst reviewed film of the franchise. Yep, worse than that one.
And last but not least this week is Disney's "Aladdin" bringing in an estimated $24.5 million in its second weekend out.
As for next week, 'the good guys dress in Black, remember that.' If you know that line congratulations, you're as lame as I am.