Pixar’s Finding Dory rescues Summer box office with record debut

Squeee! Baby Dory is the cutest!

Squeee! Baby Dory is the cutest!

When the original “Finding Nemo” wins an Oscar (2003) and is listed among the top 10 animated films of all time in 2008, there’s quite a bit of pressure for the sequel to perform. But if there were any worries about “Finding Dory” this opening should put them to rest.

It was a great opening weekend for Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” The second dive into the ocean brought a cool $135.0 million in box office gold. That passes the previous record for an animated feature set by “Shrek the Third” in 2007. Not too shabby for a forgetful fish.

On top of the domestic wave, the international box office soaked up another $50.7 million bringing the global bow for “Finding Dory” to a fantastic $185.7 million. This includes $17.5 million in China, which is getting to be quite a market for Disney and Pixar animated films. Looks like families were really ready for a great summer film.

Pixar also sent out this clip from the movie with Baby Dory and her parents.

The first time baby Dory comes on screen the entire audience in my theatre let out a huge awe. How about you?

Finding Dory official trailer:

Have you seen “Finding Dory” yet? If not, when are you going?

About Finding Dory:

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite 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? Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.