Warner Bros. Banking on Animated ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ to Top Weekend Box Office

In a summer of animation movies at the box office, Warner Bros. Pictures is adding to the fray with the theatrical release of DC League of Super-Pets — the third major animated movie to hit the big screen in July after Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru and Paramount Pictures’ Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank.

“Super-Pets” is directed by first-time helmer Jared Stern and features the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Olivia Wilde, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz, and Keanu Reeves, among others.

The movie is expected to generate upwards of $30 million in ticket sales through the three-day weekend ending July 31. The movie generated $2.2 million in revenue in Thursday screenings. That should be enough to pass the second week release of Universal Pictures’ sci-fi drama Nope from director Jordan Peele. That film is projected to sell $20 million worth of tickets, bringing its North American revenue haul past $82 million.

Other box office holdovers include “Minions,” which is projected to sell more than $10 million worth of tickets, bringing its North American tally past $319 million. Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder with $13.5 million ($302.7 million total), and Paramount’s enduring Top Gun: Maverick at $9 million. The Tom Cruise actioner is set to pass $650 million at the North American box office — edging closer to the original Jurassic World, the No. 8 all-time top-grossing domestic movie with $652.2 million in revenue.

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