Box Office: Finding Dory Reaches Record $136.2 Opening
“Finding Dory” made $136.2 million on its debut, the biggest for an animated film ever.
This is a return to form for Pixar after a disappointing performance from “The Good Dinosaur” last year.
Families came out in droves to watch the sequel to “Finding Nemo” starring Ellen DeGeneres in the title character’s role. The reviews for “Dory” have been overwhelmingly positive.
“Finding Dory” centers on a blue tang fish with short term memory loss (Ellen DeGeneres) and her quest to be reunited with her long-lost parents. Its opening weekend results sailed past the previous high-water mark for an animated film — “Shrek the Third’s” $121.6 million launch in 2007 — and ranks as the second-best June debut, behind “Jurassic World’s” $208.8 million bow. Overseas, “Finding Dory” added another $50 million to its haul from 29 international markets, including Australia, Argentina, Russia and China, where its $17.5 million debut ranks as the biggest ever for a Pixar release.