FINDING DORY just keeps swimming, swimming, swimming…to the top of the box office as it makes record-breaking sales all weekend long.
Sure, box office expectations for everyone’s favorite forgetful blue fish were high. But the long-awaited animation sequel not only doubled predecessor FINDING NEMO’s $70 weekend opening with an estimated $136.2 million from 4,306 theaters, it broke records as the highest animation film opening and is currently the only animation film to break into the overall list of top 20 openings.
FINDING DORY raked in $9.2 million in the Thursday night previews, breaking the previous $6.2 million animated movie record set by last year’s MINIONS. FINDING DORY continued to bring in millions with another record-setting $55.2 million on Friday, marking the highest grossing single day for an animated pic.
In this FINDING NEMO sequel, charmingly forgetful tropical fish, Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, returns on a mission to reunite with her long-lost parents. Accompanied by Nemo and Marlin, Dory’s journey leads her to new adventures and new friends.
Previously, Dreamwork Animation’s SHREK THE THIRD reigned at the top of domestic animation openings by pulling in $121.6 million from its 2007 opening weekend. Pixar’s former highest was 2010’s TOY STORY 3 with $110.3 million.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter