What a difference six months can make.
After suffering the first box office failure of their 20 year history with last November’s The Good Dinosaur, Pixar came swimming back stronger than any animated movie ever with Finding Dory (my review). The sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo was exactly what audiences were waiting for as they turned out in droves to the tune of $136.2 million dollars over the film’s first three days. That obliterates the nine-year-old animated opening record of $121.6 million set by Shrek 3 back in 2007.
Finding Dory continues Disney’s recent dominance at the box office. Starting this past Christmas, The Mouse House has launched billion dollar movies three times over with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Zootopia, and Captain America: Civil War. A fourth, The Jungle Book, is on the verge of joining them, and now Finding Dory will most certainly make it five in a row.
Disney’s next major release arrives on July 1 with Steven Spielberg‘s The BFG, but without a huge brand fueling that property (outside of the Roald Dahl book’s loyal fan base and diehard Spielberg acolytes) it’s currently tracking to bow at a meager $24 million over the 4-day Fourth Of July weekend.
Until then, Finding Dory will most certainly be keeping families happy and likely coming back for more.