Weekend Box Office: ‘Finding Dory’ Triumphs with History Making Debut

     June 19, 2016

Disney’s banner year at the box office continues with a record-breaking debut from Pixar’s long-awaited Finding Dory, which opened this weekend to $136.2 Million, the biggest domestic opening for an animated film of all time. The handsome sum also earns Dory the title of the second-largest June opening of all time after last year’s Jurassic World ($208.8M).

Arriving 13 years after Finding Nemo first landed in theaters, Dory also claimed the single day record for an animated film with its Friday gross of $55M, earning another $45.8M on Saturday and a projected $35.5M on Sunday. The film has been a hit with critics and audiences alike, earning 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and Pixar’s 17th consecutive A CinemaScore

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Image via Pixar

Overseas, Finding Dory grossed $50M as it opened in 32% of the marketplace for a global bow of $186.2 million, including the biggest Pixar weekend ever in China with $17.5 million and the biggest Pixar/Disney debut in Australia with $7.6 million. The film will continue to roll out internationally over the summer and the fall, continuing next week in France and Spain.


Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, the sequel toon sees Ellen DeGeneres return as the titular Dory, the adorable little fish with a bad case of memory loss who sets out on a quest to reunite with her long-lost parents. Accompanied by Nemo (newcomer Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks), Dory’s voyage leads them to a number of new friends, including a white beluga whale named Destiny (Ty Burrell), a white shark (Kaitlin Olson) and a cranky octopus (Ed O’Neill).

Finding Dory‘s success continues a mammoth year for Disney, Pixar’s parent company, which has released the year’s three highest grossing pictures globally in the megahits Zootopia, Captain America: Civil War, and The Jungle Book. Odds are, Dory will join them in those topmost ranks by year’s end.

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The weekend’s other big release, the action comedy Central Intelligence launched to a healthy $34.5M, slightly above it’s $30M projection. New Line, Warner Bros. and Universal teamed up to foot the bill for the $50M action comedy with New Line releasing the film domestically with Universal handling international distribution.


Rawson Marshall Thurber‘s spy comedy stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart as the mismatched duo at the heart of the action. The film follows Johnson’s Bob Stone, a hulking CIA agent and one-time teenage geek who returns home for his high school reunion and enlists his former classmate Calvin (Hart) to help clear his name after being framed for treason. Amy Ryan and Aaron Paul co-star. Central Intelligence landed an A- CinemaScore with an audience that skewed slightly female (51%) and older (53% over 25).

As for returning films, last week’s box office champion, New Line’s The Conjuring 2, slid 62% to third place with $15.6M for a domestic total of $71.7M. Also in its second frame, Lionsgate’s Now You See Me 2 fell 57% to $9.7M for a domestic total of $41.4M. By comparison, 2013’s Now You See Me fell only 35% in its second weekend.

However, in terms of steep drops, Universal and Legendary’s Warcraft suffered the hardest, tumbling 73% to $6.5M and bringing the modest 10-day domestic total to $37.7M. That said, the film continues to triumph in China, which has boosted the global total to an impressive $377.7M.

Title Weekend Total
1. Finding Dory $136,183,170   $136.2
2. Central Intelligence $34,500,000   $34.5
3. The Conjuring 2 $15,555,000   $73.7
4. Now You See Me 2 $9,650,000   $41.3
5. Warcraft $6,520,000   $37.7
6. X-Men: Apocalypse $5,210,000   $146.1
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 $5,200,000   $71.9
8. Me Before You $4,155,000   $46.5
9. Alice through the Looking Glass $3,615,385   $69.3
10. Captain America: Civil war $2,296,207   $401.3

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Image via Universal Pictures

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