It's true what they say: records were most certainly made to be broken. The meteoric rise of Pixar's recent Finding Nemo sequel has truly become something to behold. Finding Dory has consistently performed well against all competition, and racked up a number of records for itself. The folks at Disney must be proud, but they're not even remotely done yet. It now seems that Finding Dory's latest record has to represent its most impressive achievement to date.
According to a brand new report from EW, this summer's Finding Dory has gone on to become the highest grossing animated movie of all time at the domestic box office. The film has garnered $445.5 million at the domestic box office, knocking out the previous winner, Shrek 2. Representing the best domestic performance of any movie in 2016, Finding Dory is also expected to soon overtake Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises as the 10th highest grossing domestic movie of all time. Not bad for a movie about talking fish. Globally the film has already raked in $721.7 million, and it still has a way to go. Finding Dory still has premieres scheduled in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany, which means that the chances of the film crossing the highly coveted $1 billion mark are not even remotely off the table.
We can think of more than a few reasons as to why Finding Dory would become such a success. For starters, fans have remained rabid in their support for a Finding Nemo sequel for well over a decade. Consistent enthusiasm for the project generated a great deal of interest. Secondly, Finding Dory managed to bring back the essential characters and actors from the original film creating something that feels more like a proper follow-up than a cheap cash grab. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Finding Dory maintains the longstanding Pixar tradition of crafting narratives that every member of the family can get behind. Sure, at its core it's most certainly kids movie, but Finding Dory treats its subject matter with an undeniable maturity that makes it easily accessible for the older members of the audience as well.
The wild financial success of Finding Dory represents the latest in a long line of major wins for Disney in 2016. Between the immense popularity of Zootopia, The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War, everything that the entertainment giant touches this year seems to turn to gold. Considering the fact that Disney still has Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story left on the agenda this year, it seems likely that we are going to continue reporting on the success of Disney funded films.
We will keep you up to date regarding Finding Dory's insane financial performance as more details become available to us. The follow-up to the 2003 Pixar classic is currently in theaters, so make sure to check it out as soon as possible.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.