LOS ANGELES, July 31 (Variety.com) – “DC League of Super-Pets,” an animated adventure about the four-legged friends of superheroes, opened in first place at the domestic box office with $23 million from 4,313 theaters.
Though the Warner Bros. movie sold enough tickets to dethrone Jordan Peele’s “Nope” on North American charts, it’s a mediocre start given the film’s $90 million price tag. Sure, the Legion of Super-Pets aren’t as recognizable as Superman or Aquaman, but “DC League of Super-Pets” could have resonated with audiences a little more given its affiliation with DC Comics and its high-wattage voice cast in Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.
In pandemic times, “DC League of Super-Pets” is yet another kid-friendly film that has struggled to wow in its box office debut. Movies aimed at family audiences have been a mixed bag as of late, which is concerning because it’s a demographic that has always been a reliable source of revenue. In terms of opening weekend revenues, “DC League of Super-Pets” arrived behind Pixar’s “Lightyear,” which debuted to $51 million, and Universal’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” which opened to $107 million. But its start falls in line with other pandemic-era family films like “The Bad Guys” ($23.9 million), “Sing 2” ($22.3 million) and Disney’s “Encanto” ($27 million).
However, “DC League of Super-Pets” doesn’t have much competition on the horizon, which could work to its advantage. It helps that audiences liked the film, which landed an “A-” CinemaScore.
“This is a moderate opening by animation series standards,”…
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