Pets sink Finding Dory at the top of U.S. box office

Kevin Hart's new animated movie rockets to the top with $103 million opening weekend.

The Secret Life of Pets has extended the animated film run at the top of the U.S. box office after out paddling Finding Dory.

After ruling the box office for three weeks, Pixar's fishy tale has been topped by another group of talking animals.

The Secret Life of Pets, which features the voices of Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, and Eric Stonestreet, was a big hit among critics and film fans alike, rocketing to the top in America with a huge $103.2 million (GBP79.7 million) debut, according to studio estimates.

The Legend of Tarzan swings into a distant second place with $20.6 million (GBP15.9 million), while Finding Dory falls to third with $20.4 million (GBP15.75 million).

The Finding Nemo sequel, starring Ellen DeGeneres and Ed O'Neill, has now passed Captain America: Civil War as the biggest movie of 2016 in just 24 days with a $422.6 million (GBP326.3 million) domestic haul. And it's on course to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time and break the North American record currently held by Shrek 2 ($436.7 million/GBP337.2 million).

It was a good weekend for actor Albert Brooks, who features in both animated hits.

New release Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which features Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick, comes in fourth with $16.6 million (GBP12.8 million) and horror sequel The Purge: Election Year rounds out the new top five with $11.7 million (GBP9 million).

Meanwhile, Viggo Mortensen's new movie Captain Fantastic was a big hit on limited release in America - the family drama grossed over $98,450 (GBP76,000) - a solid average of more than $24,600 (GBP19,000) per screen.

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