Finding Dory, the Finding Nemo sequel starring a forgetful fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, is on track to have the year’s second biggest opening weekend. You all love it, the talking fish.
The movie brought in $9.2 million for its Thursday preview, a record for any animated feature. Deadline reports:
Not only does Finding Dory’s Thursday night blow away previous Pixar records set by Toy Story 3 with $4M (Friday midnight shows, $110.3M opening) and last June’s Inside Out which minted $3.7M ($90.4M opening), but the fish film whips the preview nights of Universal/Illumination’s Minions ($6.2M) and Despicable Me 2 ($4.7M). Finding Dory will be the widest Pixar release of all time, playing at 4,305 venues today. Its 3-day take is expected to be at $100M-plus.
Dayum. Finding Dory, as Deadline notes, “comes at a much needed time at the summer box office.” Captain America: Civil War is currently the summer’s highest grosser, with $400 million.
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