July saw the continuation of the animation dominance this summer, as The Secret Life of Pets blew past even the most optimistic expectations (now passing $300 million), and Finding Dory overtook Shrek 2 to become the highest grossing animated film of all time at the domestic box office. Elsewhere, however, the month of July suffered substantially at the box office. While Lights Out and Jason Bourne seem poised for decent grosses, Ice Age: Collision Course and Star Trek Beyond appear on track to become the lowest grossing entries of their respective franchises.
Looking ahead to this month, all eyes seem to be on Suicide Squad, which looks guaranteed to break the August opening weekend record that has been held for two years by Guardians of the Galaxy. The film should be enough to propel August ahead of that of last year’s (when Straight Outta Compton ruled and Fantastic Four bombed), with some added support from Florence Foster Jenkins and Pete’s Dragon.