Pixar Finds Success In “Finding Dory”
Finding Dory crushed expectations at the Box Office this weekend to the tune of $136.2 million dollars, setting a new record for animated film openings. Handily surpassing the previous high water mark set by Shrek the Third’s $121.6 million. As for overall June debuts, Finding Dory comes in second behind Jurassic World’s $208.8 Million.
Finding Dory’s Friday haul of $55.2 million marked the largest single day ever for an animated film, eclipsing the record $47 million earned by Shrek the Third on its first Saturday. Finding Dory got things started off by earning $9.2 million in Thursday night previews, another record for an animated pic, besting last year’s Minions ($6.2 million).
Perhaps Finding Dory is finding some residual love from the original film, 2003’s Finding Nemo, but being certified fresh by rotten tomatoes doesn’t hurt either. On a side note Rotten Tomatoes did a round up of all the Pixar movies rated from best to worst, the results were fairly surprising, you can check that out here.
Along with Dory, the other main newcomer this weekend is New Line/Universal’s Central Intelligence with a $6.8 million start that generated good vibes in Germany but has yet to hit the rest of the key majors.
Central Intelligence is a comedy with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart that also was new in theaters this weekend.
The film, about a spy who recruits a high school buddy for an action-packed caper, made a solid $34.5 million at the box office.
Last week’s top earner, The Conjuring 2, dropped to third place with a $15.5 million take its second week in theaters.
The supernatural fright fest stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as a paranormal-investigating couple.
Now You See Me 2, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson as illusionists, fell to fourth after making $9.4 million over the weekend, the crime caper’s second in theaters.
Fifth with $7.2 million was Warcraft, a CGI lovefest based on the RTS, Warcraft 3.
Warcraft took a beating in its second weekend. The video game adaptation dropped a massive 73% on its second weekend, earning just $6.5 million.
That second-weekend plunge ranks among the top 30 biggest drops ever and will be the third-biggest ever for a 3,000+ screen release behind Friday the 13th‘s 80% drop back in 2009 and last year’s 73.9% drop for Fifty Shades of Grey.
However Warcraft will probably be the biggest video game movie ever; it will soon be the first one to cross the $400 million mark worldwide. Yes, China saved it from being a disaster, but in no way does it performance inspires confidence in a Warcraft 2. Its final worldwide performance, including what will be an amazing ($225-$250m) figure in China, will likely end up somewhere between $450 and $500m.
Box Office Totals
1. Finding Dory $136,183
2. Central Intelligence $34,500,000
3. The Conjuring 2 $15,555,000
4. Warcraft $6,520,000
5. X-Men: Apocalypse $5,210,000
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows $5,200,000
7. Me Before You $4,155,000
8. Now You See Me 2 $3,650,000
9. Alice Through The Looking Glass $3,615,385
10. Captain America: Civil War $2,296,207