Finding Dory Sets Box Office Record with $136.2 Million Debut


Finding Dory Box Office: Finding Nemo Sequel Sets Box Office Record Opening

The story of a forgetful fish had a box office weekend to remember.

“Finding Dory,” the Disney-Pixar sequel to “Finding Nemo” with the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Olson, opened with an estimated $136.2 million over the weekend, the biggest debut for an animated movie ever.

“Dory” broke the record set in 2007 by ‘‘Shrek the Third’’ with $121.6 million and scored the second-largest June opening of all-time for any movie,  behind only “Jurassic World” with $209 million last year, according to Box Office Mojo.

Riding a wave of mostly strong reviews, “Dory” comes 13 years after “Nemo” with the story now focusing on DeGeneres’ blue fish who can’t remember anything after more than a few minutes as she searches for her parents.

“The original movie is so beloved and a part of our culture, we’ve dubbed it ‘Generation Nemo.’ For those who saw this movie 13 years ago, it’s the movie of their childhood, the movie they saw in college,” Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis tells Deadline. “At the time, it was the biggest animation release of all-time and left an indelible mark for great reason, and now there’s an insatiable want-to-see. From our exit polls, people are loving the movie effusively.”

Central Intelligence Finishes Second after Finding Dory with Strong Numbers

The buddy action comedy “Central Intelligence” with Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson finished a distant second but its $34.5 million exceeded expectation. “The Conjuring 2” collected $15.6 million in its second week to bring its total to $72 million.

“Now You See Me 2” had $9.6 million and “Warcraft” brought in $6.5 million to round out the top five.