If Marvel has been having a great year with its comic book movies, it's fair to say Disney has been enjoying an equally exciting year in the animation department. Following on the heels of major box office successes Zootopia and The Jungle Book (which is only part animation, but worth lumping in for consideration), the studio's other animation wing, Pixar, has churned out a record breaker with Finding Dory.
The highly anticipated sequel to 2003'sFinding Nemo raked in $136 million, the highest domestic opening weekend for an animated movie. That bested long reigning Shrek the Third which landed the record with a $121 million opening back in 2007. It's the second time that the Pixar franchise has taken the record while engaged in a sort of tug of war with the Shrek movies. Finding Nemo enjoyed the highest opening back in 2003, holding the record less than a year before Shrek 2 topped it in 2004.
Finding Dory broke other notable records as well, including largest single day take and per theater totals.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart saw their new buddy comedy flick Central Intelligence earn a distant but healthy second place, banking $34 million. It's all set to make earn some profit for Warner Bros against its $50 million production budget, but it's too soon to tell if it will break into the triple digits, a mark that sets the big names apart from the smaller fish in the PG-13 comedy world.
Warcraft took a hard hit, dropping almost 75% from its opening weekend and slipping from second place to fifth. The movie's success internationally has kept it afloat, but domestic sales constitute only 10% of the world-wide total, an unusually low percentage for a US produced project.
Captain America: Civil War edged past the $400 million mark, joining just 22 other movies to ever hit that level domestically. The movie, currently the highest grossing for the year, is in a strong position but doesn't necessarily have a death grip on that top spot. Early numbers for Independence Day: Resurgence suggest it may perform that well, and Suicide Squad has the potential to blow past that total.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:
|1.||Finding Dory *||$136,183,170||Total: $136,183,170||
|2.||Central Intelligence *||$34,500,000||Total: $34,500,000||
|3.||The Conjuring 2||$15,555,000||Total: $71,730,086||
|5.||X-Men: Apocalypse||$5,210,000||Total: $146,057,836||
|6.||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows||$5,200,000||Total: $71,929,574||
|7.||Me Before You||$4,155,000||Total: $46,355,854||
|8.||Now You See Me 2||$3,650,000||Total: $41,362,529||
|9.||Alice Through The Looking Glass||$3,615,385||Total: $69,318,309||
|10.||Captain America: Civil War||$2,296,207||Total: $401,277,176||