‘Finding Dory’ Makes A Splash And Leaves Box Office Records In Its Wake

It hasn’t even been out for 24 hours, but Pixar’s latest animated adventure Finding Dory is already breaking records. Last night, the sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo opened for its preview screenings, and its early box office haul indicates a big weekend for the film follow-up.

According to Deadline, the Thursday-night opening racked in a whopping $9.2 million for Disney-Pixar, a studio that is shaping up to have a historic year financially. This figure not only proved to be the highest-grossing preview night for Pixar, but it also dethroned competitors from other studios.

Here’s how Pixar’s Finding Dory stacks up against other animated Thursday openings:

1. Finding Dory (2016) — $9.2 million

Budget: $200 million
Projected opening weekend (via Box Office Mojo): $124.8 million

2. Minions (2015) — $6.2 million

Budget: $74 million
Opening weekend: $128.3 million

3. Despicable Me 2 (2013) — $4.7 million

Budget: $76 million
Opening weekend: $147.7 million

4. Toy Story 3 (2010) — $4 million

Budget: $200 million
Opening weekend: $145.3 million

5. Inside Out (2015) — $3.7 million

Budget: $175 million
Opening weekend: $180.1 million

Finding Dory will also be the biggest Pixar opening yet, playing in more than 4,300 theaters across the United States and Canada. This places it just above Minions and slightly below Shrek Forever After, which opened in 4,359 theaters in 2010.

Considering the sheer number of theaters in which Finding Dory is opening and the fact that it’s a sequel to a much-beloved film, Box Office Mojo is projecting the movie will rake in well over $100 million.

Finding Dory currently has a 95 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 91 percent positive audience score. It looks like Pixar has done it again!

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