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In its second week, the sequel to Finding Nemo easily remained on top with an estimated $73.2m, according to studio estimates on Sunday. That far surpassed the $41.6m opening of Resurgence, well off the pace of its 1996 original. The first Independence Day opened with $50.2m, or about $77m in inflation-adjusted figures.
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- Associated Press in Los Angeles
Another huge weekend for Finding Dory! Pixar's friendly little blue fish was able to tread water at #1 for a second weekend as Finding Dory prevailed at the box office with an estimated $73.2 million! The sequel to Finding Nemo dropped only 46% from its opening last week and has reached a 10-day domestic of $286.5 million, which puts it on track to pass the $403 million of Captain America:... Read More »
- Dave Davis
“Finding Dory” showed plenty of box office staying power with $73.2 million in an otherwise modest weekend at the North America box office as “Independence Day: Resurgence” invaded with a disappointing $41.6 million.
A week after energizing the summer season, Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Dory” declined only 46% and generated the eighth-highest second weekend of all time, edging “Captain America: Civil War.” It’s also the best second weekend for an animated title.
“Finding Dory,” the sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” is already the sixth-highest domestic grosser of 2016 after ten days with $285.6 million — less than $100 million short of the final total for “Nemo.”
Fox’s “Independence Day: Resurgence” finished about 20% below recent forecasts, which had pegged the sequel to match the $50 million opening weekend from the 1996 original. It edged “Kung Fu Panda 2” as the eighth-largest opening of 2016.
“Resurgence” brought back the same fearsome aliens from the original, again bent on destroying the Earth. »
- Dave McNary
Finding Dory is set to be a huge summer draw. It works by cleverly and subtly tapping into our love of nostalgia
The film set to be the biggest box office hit this summer is not a superhero movie or a feelgood romantic comedy and it doesn’t feature a single Hollywood face – or body. It is a movie about a forgetful blue fish desperate to find her long-lost parents.
Pixar Studio’s Finding Dory, a sequel to the 2003 hit Finding Nemo, has made $200m in seven days at the Us box office – a record for an animated film – and is set to repeat that success when it opens in the UK next month.
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- Sarah Hughes
Across her diverse filmography, Blake Lively has hung tough against the menaces of gun-toting criminals (The Town, Hick, Savages), mean rich teens (Gossip Girl), aging (The Age of Adaline), moving away from your friends (the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films), and being in Green Lantern (Green Lantern). Yet her latest project — the watery survival flick The Shallows — will pit the actress against her deadliest foe yet. After a surfing incident strands the starlet on a solitary outcropping of rock, a hungry shark encircles her as the tide rises. Teen soap opera alumna vs. »
“Finding Nemo” centers on an adorable clownfish who is separated from his father before being reunited to live out his days, swimming wild and free in his ocean home. The success of the 2003 film created a huge demand for the finned cuties, as fans of the Pixar hit flocked to pet stores to buy their own Nemos.
Despite the fact that the film had a conservation theme, with Nemo briefly enduring a miserable stint in a dentist office tank, sales of the creatures grew an estimated 40%. By 2012, the orange and white stripped fish were the fifth-most imported species in the United States. In the process, wild populations of clownfish in countries such as the Philippines were decimated, ecologists say.
“Somehow the message of the film got lost,” said Karen Burke da Silva, co-founder of the Saving Nemo Conservation Fund, an educational non-profit. “People got so enamored of the beauty and »
- Brent Lang
Finding Dory has already caused some major waves in theaters, but one of the sweetest parts of the movie has to be the backstory of our favorite forgetful fish. Even if you haven't seen the movie yet, you will definitely appreciate this adorable sneak peek of baby Dory as her parents try to teach her how to play with the other fish in the sea. Honestly, her sweet voice alone is enough to make you melt into a puddle. See the precious clip in its entirety above, and then check out two connections the new film has to Finding Nemo. »
- Kelsie Gibson
I am too big a fan of Pixar to be reasonably objective at this point. On this very website I wrote a rave review of The Good Dinosaur, a movie I seem to be almost completely alone on the island of people who think that was an unqualified masterpiece. I’ve given more than one passionate defense of Cars as a well-intentioned movie with a nice message about the virtue of small town America. I’m even polite enough to pretend that Cars 2 never existed. I’m a Pixar team player all the way. But I’m just not sure I’m a big fan of Finding Dory.
It’s not a bad movie, that’s not what’s wrong here, not by a long shot. It’s funny, it’s momentarily very moving, and the design work is exciting and dynamic. What it doesn’t feel is particularly original. »
- Arthur Tebbel
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "She just kept swimming." Disney his released the latest Pixar Animation Studios movie, Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo (first released in 2003). Directed by Andrew Stanton and co-directed by Angus MacLane, the animated adventure brings back the blue tang named Dory, and her two clownfish friends Nemo and Marlin, for another trip across the ocean. The voice cast features Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy. So how is it? As good as Finding Nemo, or better? Did it make you cry? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Pixar's Finding Dory. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, »
- Alex Billington
Pixar has, for the most part, been able to keep the quality of their sequels up to a very high standard. Finding Dory, the recently released sequel to Finding Nemo, has become yet another winner for the animation studio which would typically have people immediately thinking about a sequel, but not Pixar. Even when Finding Nemo proved to be an enourmous success, director Andrew Stanton told Entertainment... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Omg! Disney and Pixar just released a teaser scene from Finding Dory and it’s the most adorable thing ever!
- Scott Goodyer
If you thought Pixar had already reached max adorableness with Boo and Wall•E and Squirt, Finding Dory proved you wrong on that account. Big-eyed Baby Dory is Pixar at Peak Cuteness. The sequel to Finding Nemo opens with a sequence featuring Dory’s parents patiently supporting their little memory-challenged blue tang. Trailers and other promotional footage for Finding Dory held back from revealing Baby Dory (we did hear her voice, supplied by young Sloane Murray in her first screen credit). Now Disney has released a clip from this opening scene online so you can melt at the sight of widdle Dory on your computer. Also in this clip are Dory’s mom and dad, voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, who became Pixar’s way of excellently representing parents raising children with a learning disability. Check out the clip below to learn about Dory’s first squishy love »
- Emily Rome
Thirteen years after the release of Finding Nemo, the sequel looks like it will be another Blockbuster for Pixar. Ian Megibben has been at the studio since Ratatouille and as Director of Photography for Lighting he is responsible for the final look of the films he works on. We spoke with Megibben just before the […]
- Cassam Looch
Disney's Finding Dory had a swimmingly good opening at the North America box office this weekend. The latest Pixar/Disney animated offering set a record for biggest opening of all-time for an animated feature, earning nearly three-and-a-half times more than its closest competitor, the Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart action comedy Central Intelligence. The Warner release landed in second place with solid numbers. The box office was down only six percent from last year at this time, which is impressive when one takes into account that Jurassic World arrived with $208 million in ticket sales.
The Mouse House struck paydirt yet again with the long-awaited follow up to their 2003 blockbuster Finding Nemo. Backed by great reviews and over a decade of fan anticipation, Finding Dory landed on 4,305 shores Friday where it went on to earn a great $136.1 million. In addition to setting a new record for biggest animated feature opening –the previous »
“Finding Dory” shattered box office records this weekend, setting a new high-water mark for an animated film debut with its $136.2 million opening.
The sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo” succeeded where many followups this summer have failed, nearly doubling the original film’s $70.2 million launch. Its impressive results come amidst fears that the movie business is suffering from “sequelitis,” as one by one spinoffs and fresh installments such as “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” sputter at the box office.
Here are five reasons that Disney and Pixar were able to make a big splash with “Finding Dory.”
1.) Pixar is the Movie Business’ Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval
Over the course of 17 films, Pixar has established a reputation for excellence that is nearly unparalleled. Perhaps only Miramax during its ’90s heyday rivals the Pixar association with quality films, and its run of “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient” and “The Crying Game »
- Brent Lang
While there have already been plenty of massive hits at the box office in the first half of this year, a number of sequels have been underperforming as of late. Both X-Men: Apocalypse and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows came in far below their predecessors over the past few weeks, although last weekend's The Conjuring 2 opened on par with the first movie. This weekend, Finding Dory breathed new life into the summer movie season by opening with $136.1 million, the third highest debut this year.
Box Office Mojo reports that Finding Dory opened in a whopping 4,305 theaters, the 12th widest release of all time. Warner Bros' Central Intelligence opened in a distant second place but still performed well, earning $34.5 million, earning a solid $9,835 per-screen average from 3,508 theaters. Finding Dory, which features a star-studded voice cast including Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, »
The rich get richer, as Pixar and Disney’s “Finding Dory” shook the summer box office doldrums off with a stellar opening that ranks among the best ever for an animated feature. Disney alone with three films managed to provide 60% of the Top Ten, continuing their dominant year (now close to a third of all revenues).
The holdovers showed little strength with several recent hopefuls dropping significantly and others looking to end weak runs much as they started.
The Top Ten
1. Finding Dory (Buena Vista) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 78; Est. budget: $200 million
$136,183,000 in 4,305 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $31,634; Cumulative: $136,183,000
$34,500,000 in 3,508 theaters; PTA: $9,835; Cumulative: $34,500,000
$15,555,000 (-61%) in 3,356 theaters (+13); PTA: $4,635; Cumulative: $
4. Now You See Me 2 »
- Tom Brueggemann
Finding Dory swims to #1! Pixar's famous forgetful fish returned to theaters this weekend and put Finding Dory on top at the box office with an estimated $136.1 million! The Finding Nemo sequel didn't just have the biggest opening for a Pixar movie (passing Toy Story 3's $110.3 million start), it also had the biggest opening for any PG-rated movie and any animated... Read More »
- Dave Davis
This review was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad
One of the best things about breakout supporting characters is that the fandom surrounding them comes honestly. Scene-stealers aren't handed their movies, but earn them. So it went with Dory, Ellen DeGeneres's forgetful blue tang who swam circles around every other character in Finding Nemo (2003), figuratively speaking, though she did sometimes swim in actual circles since she couldn't remember where she was going.
- NATHANIEL R
The Pixar sequel Finding Dory far surpassed expectations to take in $136.2m in North American theaters this weekend, making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time, according to comScore estimates on Sunday. The 2007 film Shrek the Third was the previous record-holder, with $121.6m.
Finding Dory, which comes 13 years after Finding Nemo, is also the second-largest June opening of all time, behind Jurassic World from 2015. The well-reviewed film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks. Analysts expected it to take $100m or more, but never this much.
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- Associated Press in Los Angeles
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