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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.

2 thoughts on “Pixar’s Finding Dory rescues Summer box office with record debut”

  1. I saw it Thursday night- with a pretty decent number of other people in the theater around my own age who, like me I’m assuming, had grown up with the movie and wanted to see it without having to deal with little kids. For it being a sequel to a movie that I really never felt *needed* a sequel, it was pretty great. I’ve seen a few complaints that while it took an entire movie last time for Dory and Marlin to cross the ocean, it only took a few minutes in this one. I don’t think that’s quite a fair complaint as it is trying to tell a different story. Still about finding family, yes, but more… returning to roots than discovering yourself (though I suppose with Dory’s memory problems she’s still discovering herself/her past). The only thing I sort of wish they could’ve spent more time on was how the lady who kept making those announcements (sorry, I forget her name) said that the aquarium’s goal was to rehabilitate and release animals back into the ocean… and yet most of those fish and animals seemed to have been there for years. Destiny (who, admittedly did have some eyesight problems), the other Blue Tangs, and so on. Though I suppose there was the example of the seals (I think that’s what they were?) being treated and released… and Dory had to have some people (fish?) to remember and help her along. It just seemed odd that that announcement was audible a few times in the movie and yet most of the sea creatures we meet either have been there since Dory was little, are being shipped to that other aquarium, or escaped. But over all, it was a pretty great movie!

  2. I liked everything thing about it except the ridiculous “truck” scene at the end.
    All in all, a very solid effort.

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