If there was any concern that Finding Dory was coming too late to match the success of its box office smash predecessor Finding Nemo, that is now well behind us. The Pixar sequel scored $9.2 million from Thursday night showings, already getting off to a record-breaking start as it now stands as the highest Thursday gross for an animated feature in history, swimming past Minions’ previous record of $6.2 million and more than doubling Toy Story 3’s $4 million.
So how high, exactly, will Finding Dory soar this weekend overall? Early projections have it pegged for an opening weekend north of $100 million, and it could go as high as $120 million—an insanely impressive performance for any film, but enough to break Pixar’s previous opening weekend record of the $110.3 million netted by Toy Story 3, which as we all know went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide.
Finding Dory is arguably the sequel that Disney and Pixar shareholders wanted the most, as Nemo still stands as the studio’s most profitable film ever released and was a bona fide phenomenon when it hit theaters in 2003. Now, with Disney already far and away the big 2016 winner with three films topping $1 billion—Zootopia, The Jungle Book, and the Marvel-produced Captain America: Civil War—the Mouse House looks to be on track for yet another box office behemoth.
Stay tuned to Collider all weekend as we track the performance of Finding Dory will full estimates. But for now, see how the film might stack up against the rest of Pixar’s library with the opening weekend chart below:
|Rank||Title||Unadjusted Opening Weekend|
|1.||Toy Story 3||$110,307,189|
|12.||Toy Story 2||$57,388,839|
|14.||The Good Dinosaur||$39,155,217|
|15.||A Bug’s Life||$33,258,052|