After 13 years of waiting, we will finally get the Finding Nemo sequel we have always wanted later this summer. We have little doubt that Finding Dory will be a bona fide success; it’s now simply a matter of how successful the film will truly be. Considering the iconography of the original movie, out expectations are set high. However, they might not be high enough, as it now seems that Finding Dory could potentially become another behemoth success for Disney.
According to a new report from Variety, it looks as though Finding Dory could find itself opening incredibly well when it premieres in theaters on June 17. The estimates seem to point toward the film garnering between $115 million and $120 million over the course of its opening weekend. To put that massive figure into perspective, the original Finding Nemo opened to roughly $70 million during its opening weekend in 2003.
Part of the reason that Finding Dory might find this much success at box office is the fact that it really doesn’t have much in the way of competition this summer. Similarly family-oriented movies such as Alice Through the Looking Glass and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows underperformed at the box office over the course of this last weekend, and Finding Dory will have a two week head start on the next major competition, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. With no substantial challengers to threaten its place as the number one theatrical draw, Finding Dory seems perfectly positioned to easily win its opening weekend and garner a substantial three-day total.
It also helps that the film simply looks great. Although we’re sure you’ve probably seen it already, check out the trailer for Finding Dory below to get yourself more excited for the upcoming sequel – as if that’s even possible:
The potential success of Finding Dory will only continue the insane year Disney has had at the box office. Between films like Zootopia, The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War, the entertainment giant has reigned supreme at the movies this year, with minimal competition in sight. Disney has dominated the box office so far in 2016, and that doesn’t even factor in how blockbusters like Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters later this year. In layperson’s terms: it’s a good time to invest in Disney.
We here at Cinema Blend will keep you up to date with any and all updates related to Finding Dory as they become available to us. The long-awaited sequel will hit theaters later this month on June 17.