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Finding Dory makes US box office history with record opening

Finding Dory

Story by Jack Foley

FINDING Dory, the long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s Finding Nemo, has made box office history by recording the biggest US opening of all-time for an animated title.

The film, which sees Nemo‘s Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks returning to voice the roles of Dory and Marlin, took $136.2 million to comfortably top the charts.

Among other records it broke, Dory‘s Friday haul of $55.2 million marked the largest single day in history for an animated film, eclipsing the record $47 million earned by Shrek The Third on its first Saturday.

It also posted another record by taking $9.2 million in Thursday-night previews, beating last year’s Minions ($6.2 million).

The overall figure for the weekend, meanwhile, means that Finding Dory comfortably beat the previous record holder, Shrek The Third, which debuted to $121.6 million in 2007.

Pixar’s best until now was Toy Story 3, which debuted in 2010 with $110.3 million.

Finding Dory, co-directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, follows Dory’s attempts to reunite with her parents, whom she lost years ago.

Accompanied by Nemo and Marlin, Dory arrives at a marine institute, where she engages with new friends, including a white beluga whale named Destiny (Ty Burrell), a white shark (Kaitlin Olson) and a cranky octopus (Ed O’Neill).

Elsewhere at the US box office, there was also good news for Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s action comedy Central Intelligence, which opened in second with a solid $34.5 million.

That film follows a CIA agent (played by box office king Johnson), who was a one-time teenage geek, returning home for his High School reunion and enlisting his former classmate (Hart) to help him complete a mission.

Placing third behind Central Intelligence was horror hit The Conjuring 2 with $15.6 million, bringing its US total to $71.7 million.

Magician sequel Now You See Me 2 came fourth with $9.7 million for a US total of $41.4 million while Duncan Jones’ Warcraft struggled badly in its second weekend, tumbling a massive 73% with $6.5 million to bring its modest US 10-day total to $37.7 million.

However, Warcraft continues to do massive business overseas, especially in China, where its success has pushed its global total well past $300 million.

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