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Halfway through both the summer movie season and the year of 2016 as a whole, sequels have been hit or miss. Follow-ups such as Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, X-Men: Apocalypse, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Now You See Me 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows couldn't capture the box office magic of its predecessors. Of course, the biggest movie of the year right now is a sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but last week, a follow-up 13 years in the making, Finding Dory, opened huge with $135 million, breaking Shrek the Third's record for biggest animated opening weekend ($121.6 million). As expected, this forgetful fish staved off three newcomers this weekend, 20th Century Fox's Independence Day: Resurgence, Sony's The Shallows and Stx Entertainment's Free State of Jones, repeating atop the box office with $73.2 million.
Day after day since opening a week ago, Finding Dory has been absolutely dominating the box office and setting record after record. Here are some of the records the Pixar sequel has blown out of the water: • Highest opening weekend for an animated film at the domestic box office, beating Shrek the Third’s $135.1 million • Second-biggest June opening weekend ever in the U.S., behind only last year’s Jurassic World • Largest preview night for an animated film (Thursday), surpassing Minions’ $9.2 million • Fastest animated movie to cross $200 million at the domestic box office, in seven days, beating Minions’ and Toy Story 3’s nine days So is it a sure thing that Dory will be the biggest movie of the summer? Can it surpass Captain America: Civil War? And does Dory have a shot at becoming the top-grossing film of the entire year? For HitFix’s dive into those questions with Roth Cornet, »
- Emily Rome
After several weeks of underperforming sequels, including Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Pixar's Finding Dory helped breathe new life into the summer box office with a whopping $135 million opening weekend. This weekend, the lovable yet forgetful fish squares off against four new movies all opening in wide release, 20th Century Fox's Independence Day: Resurgence, Sony's The Shallows, Stx Entertainment's Free State of Jones and Broad Green Pictures' The Neon Demon. While Independence Day 2 will put up the biggest fight, Finding Dory will most likely prevail at the box office for a second week in a row.
Finding Dory's opening weekend haul breaks Shrek the Third's $121.6 million record as the biggest debut for an animated movie, while also surpassing Toy Story 3's $110.3 million mark for the biggest debut in Pixar history. Finding Dory, which features a star-studded voice cast including Ellen DeGeneres, »
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 »
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, »
Disney’s stellar 2016 at the box office just keeps on going, with Pixar sequel Finding Dory enjoying a whopping $136.2 million domestic opening, surpassing Shrek the Third’s $121.6 million haul to set a new record for the biggest ever animated debut in North America.
“In a funny way, the 13-year separation between the first and second movie was serendipitous,” states Disney domestic distribution chief Dave Hollis (via THR). “It’s part of what created a want-to-see, need-to-see movement. And it’s the 17th consecutive Pixar film to receive some variation of an A CinemaScore.”
See Also: Read our review of Finding Dory here
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has »
- Gary Collinson
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
Disney finds itself atop the weekend box office for the eleventh time this year, this time it's the Pixar brand coming up big with Finding Dory. The release is another 2016 animated hit for the studio on the heels of Zootopia, as Dory broke its share of box office records this weekend including the largest opening weekend for an animated feature. It was also a good weekend for the week's other new wide release, the action-comedy Central Intelligence starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, which could be looking at a $100+ million domestic run after its opening weekend. Meanwhile, last weekend's new releases didn't exactly deliver the goods in their sophomore sessions. Scoring a number one finish for the weekend and a record opening for an animated feature, Disney and Pixar's Finding Dory brought in an estimated $136.1 million this weekend from 4,305 theaters for a $31,634 per theater average. It's an opening comparable to »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory” had the biggest opening weekend of all time for an animated film, bringing in an estimated $136.2 million, well ahead of initial expectations. The record-breaking sequel to “Finding Nemo” set a huge margin between past top opener “Shrek the Third,” which grossed $121.6 million in its first weekend. It is also the second-largest June opening of all time, behind Universal’s 2015 dinosaur hit “Jurassic World.” Also Read: 'Finding Dory' Breaks Single-Day Animated Record With $55 Million on Friday Estimates for “Dory” kept jumping higher over the weekend as it picked up the pace, tracking to top $130 million. »
- Meriah Doty
Family audiences turned out in droves over the weekend, propelling “Finding Dory” to a massive $136.2 million debut and establishing a new record for an animated film opening.
The sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo” was bolstered by strong reviews and residual affection for the first film. It’s a return to form for Pixar after the animation studio behind “Toy Story” and “The Incredibles” suffered its first box office failure last year with “The Good Dinosaur.”
“Finding Dory” centers on a fish with short term memory loss (Ellen DeGeneres) and her quest to find her long-lost parents. Its opening weekend 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. The success of “Finding Dory” comes as Disney, Pixar’s parent company, has dominated the movie business, fielding the year »
- Brent Lang
2016's next big superhero movie is Suicide Squad, but there are still quite a few other blockbusters to be excited about over the next six weeks or so before that DC Comics adaptation is released. One of those is Finding Dory, and after a massive $55 million yesterday, the Pixar sequel now looks set to have a record breaking opening weekend of $139 million. That means it will have the biggest debut of all-time for an animated movie (until Toy Story 4 comes along), topping Shrek the Third's $121.6 million. The movie has broken a number of records this weekend, and looks set to dominate for the next couple of weeks. Pixar has had mixed success with sequels in the past, and with 2016 proving to be a very hit or miss year for movies at the box office, they have to be relieved that this one has done so well. Elsewhere, future »
Giving a much-needed jolt to the summer box office, “Finding Dory” is dominating moviegoing with a record-breaking $140 million opening weekend, estimates showed Saturday.
Disney/Pixar’s animated sequel, playing in 4,305 North American theaters, grossed a stunning $55 million on its opening day Friday.
“Finding Dory” will finish the frame with four times the total of action-comedy “Central Intelligence,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, which is launching with a solid $34 million at 3,508 sites this weekend.
“Dory” will demolish the nine-year-old record for best domestic animated opening, set by “Shrek the Third” in 2007 with $121.6 million. “Minions” was the second largest at $115.7 million, followed by Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” with $110 million.
At $140 million, “Dory” will rank as the 17th largest domestic opener of all time and the third largest of 2016. Marvel/Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War” had the year’s highest-grossing launch so far with $179 million, the fifth-largest debut of all time. »
- Dave McNary
“Finding Dory” is swimming toward a record-breaking $130 million opening weekend, early estimates showed Friday.
Disney/Pixar’s animated sequel — playing in 4,305 North American theaters with Ellen DeGeneres in the lead voice role — is completely dominating moviegoing, set to earn more than $50 million on its opening day Friday. That includes $9.2 million from Thursday night, the biggest debut of all time for an animated film.
The most conservative estimates Friday were in the $115 million to $130 million range. Sunday’s telecast of the NBA final game may hold down some business at the end of the weekend, but it’s likely that “Dory” will break the nine-year-old record for best domestic animated opening, set by “Shrek the Third” in 2007 with $121.6 million. “Minions” is in second at $115.7 million, followed by Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” with $110 million. »
- Dave McNary
Earlier this week, we projected that Disney Pixar's Finding Dory was on track to take in a predicted $116 million in its opening weekend at the box office. While we'll have to wait until Sunday morning to see if those numbers hold up, the animated sequel has already broken a record at the box office in its Thursday night sneak preview screenings. Finding Dory has taken in an estimated $9.2 million on Thursday night, the highest total ever for an animated movie.
Deadline reports that this tally shatters the previous record set by Universal's Minions, which earned $6.2 million from Thursday screenings last summer, en route to a $115.7 million opening weekend. It's possible that, with this strong start on Thursday, Finding Dory could break the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for an animated movie, set by DreamWorks Animation's Shrek the Third ($121.6 million) in 2007. Finding Dory's $9.2 million mark also bested Pixar's Toy Story 3 ($4 million, »
“Finding Dory” has opened with a record-breaking $9.2 million on Thursday night.
The Disney/Pixar sequel had the biggest Thursday debut of all time for an animated film, easily topping “Minions” ($6.2 million) and “Despicable Me 2” ($4.7 million) as well as Diseny-Pixar hits “Toy Story 3” ($4 million) and “Inside Out” ($3.7 million). It also more than double the Thursday night launch of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” at $4.2 million.
“Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” will easily top $100 million, and may debut with more than $115 million in 4,305 North American theaters this weekend. That would establish a new opening record for a Disney/Pixar release, topping “Toy Story 3’s” $110 million launch in 2010.
“Dory” may even challenge 2007’s “Shrek the Third,” which currently holds the record for the largest North American opening weekend for an animated movie with $121.6 million. »
- Dave McNary
Pixar and Disney's animated sequel Finding Dory made a huge splash at the Friday box office, swimming to a record $55 million from 4,305 theaters for a projected weekend opening of $139 million. That would be more than enough to wrest the crown for top animated opening from DreamWorks Animation's Shrek the Third, which debuted to $121.6 million in 2007. To date, Pixar's best opening is Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million). Finding Dory's Friday haul marks the largest single day in history for an animated film, eclipsing the record $47 million earned by Shrek the Third on
- Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford
Six weeks into Summer 2016 and it has been over a month since the domestic box office last saw a $100+ million opener, but that trend stops this weekend. Disney and Pixar's Finding Dory is looking to not only put a little jolt into the 2016 summer box office, it's also targeting a new opening weekend record for an animated feature. Also looking to make an impact this weekend is the new Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart comedy Central Intelligence while last weekend's top film, The Conjuring 2, looks to deliver a solid second weekend after a strong, $40+ million opening. »
- Brad Brevet
It’s not out in the UK for a little while but U.S. audiences are set to get Finding Dory this coming weekend, and according to the trade papers the film is tracking to bag the biggest opening for an animated movie ever.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel to Finding Nemo, which opens opposite the Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart comedy Central Intelligence this Friday across North America, could topple $100 million with some estimates claiming it could gross near the $120 million mark.
Pixar’s biggest opener to date is the $110.3 million debut of Toy Story 3 in the summer of 2010, but it is DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third (2007) which has the biggest opening of all time in terms on animated features. The film grossed $121.6 million nine summers ago, followed by Illumination Entertainment’s Minions (2015) with $115.7 million.
Well know for sure come Sunday when the weekend estimates come in, but it looks like Disney-Pixar have an absolute monster on their hands. It is also one of those rare movies which has managed to bag some impressive critic scores too.
Finding Dory reunites everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?
Finding Dory swims into UK cinemas on July 29, 2016.
The post ‘Finding Dory’ on track to become biggest animated opener ever appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
The quest to improve the fortunes of DreamWorks Animation continues, with news that the purchase of the company – by Comcast’s NBC Universal – includes plans to wring more money from the Shrek franchise. NBCU will hand over a reported $3.8 billion for the struggling studio, and will quickly move to put more Shrek chapters into production.
The Shrek franchise launched in 2001 and was immediately embraced by audiences for its wonderful spin on fairytales, its great vocal performances and its heartwarming script. With Mike Myers providing the voice for the titular ogre, supported by Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy, among others, the concept became a firm fan favourite, to the tune of $484.4 million in box office receipts. Shrek 2 in 2004 built on that momentum, earning a total of $920 million in theatres.
This proved to be the peak for the franchise, however, as 2007’s Shrek The Third, and 2010’s Shrek Forever After posted diminishing returns of $799 million and $753 million respectively. Even the Shrek spinoff movie, 2011’s Puss In Boots, couldn’t pull the franchise out of its downward spiral – earning $555 million in total. Individually, these films and their earnings are not failures by any means – but in the context of the franchise as a whole, the numbers indicate dwindling interest.
So, it is, perhaps, surprising that the new owners of DreamWorks Animation might seek to invest further in a worn-out property, rather than muster up an original idea. But, this is where NBCU’s existing relationship with Illumination Entertainment comes into play. Speaking at the Guggenheim Tmt Symposium in New York recently, NBCU Chief Executive Steve Burke explained that Illumination producer Chris Meledandri (the Despicable Me franchise) will be helping breathe new life into Shrek.
“He is creatively going to try to help us figure out how to resurrect Shrek.”
Whether this proves to be a foolhardy pursuit remains to be seen, but there is some logic to consolidating a fledgling business venture using existing brand recognition. Hopefully, going forward, any new Shrek sequels will bolster DreamWorks Animation enough to allow it to come up with something fresh and new sooner, rather than later. »
- Sarah Myles
It’s been six years since Shrek last graced the big screen, but it looks like the lovable ogre could be set for more adventures, with NBC Universal announcing plans to revive the animated franchise following Comcast’s recent acquisition of DreamWorks Animation.
According to Deadline, Universal plans to give creative control of its animated output to Illumination Entertainment’s Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me, Minions), and “he is creatively going to try to help us figure out how to resurrect Shrek and take a lot of the existing DreamWorks franchises and add value as we create new franchises.”
The first Shrek was released in 2011 and was followed by the sequels Shrek 2, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, along with the 2011 spinoff Puss in Boots. It also spawned the short film Shrek 4-d and television specials Shrek the Halls and Scared Shrekless.
- Gary Collinson
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