Finding Dory is Disney/Pixar’s latest animated feature. Our favorite clown fish is back (if you forgot, we lost him for a while) and now the spotlight has switched to his friend Dory. Not only is the film melting the hearts of families all across the globe, but it also broke the box office record for animated film!
Dory swam in at a whopping $136.2 million. Friday saw $54 million, adding to the $9.2 million from Thursday night’s preview showing.
This is well above the previous record holder from 2007, Shrek the Third. Our fishy friends exceeded the 2007 film by $15 million.
Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks were more than happy to reprise their roles for the sequel film. Since it took so long for Dory to get her own film, fans have been going a little crazy – but it was totally worth it!
Central Intelligence held its own in the box office, though. The New Line Cinema action comedy exceeded its projected $35.6 million with an average of $10,135 per screen (from approximately 3.500 locations).
Both films earned an A and A-, respectively, on the CinemaScore, placing them in the running into the summer months, where they will compete with other highly-anticipated films like The BFG, The Legend of Tarzan, and The Secret Life of Pets.
Daniel Radcliffe’s Now You See Me 2 came in at #3 last week, but dropped to the fourth rung when it failed to meet its projected earnings. It fell 57% from its projected $9.7 million, packing “less of a punch than the original” film from 2013.
Warcraft made it to the top five, grossing $280 million and counting in the overseas box office. However, it failed at the domestic box offices, falling 73%. Despite being based on the popular game, the film got its own video game, which has already brought in about $318 million worldwide.
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