We told you last week that Finding Dory was projected to make around $115 million during its opening weekend. If the film reached that impressive total, it would have been the second most successful opening weekend for any animated feature film.
2007’s Shrek the Third held the record for the most successful opening ever with $121.6 million. Pixar’s Finding Dory needed to go $7 million over what the experts predicted this past weekend to beat Shrek.
Did Dory do it? Yes. The answer is yes, and it wasn’t even close. The sequel to Finding Nemo took home $136.2 million in theaters across the country. It destroyed the projections and now holds the record for the highest-grossing animated debut of all time.
Senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Fox News that no one expected this. Most people were just wondering if it would beat Toy Story 3’s $110 million opening.
“The thought was: ‘Could this be the movie to eclipse Toy Story 3’s opening?’ not, ‘Could it become the biggest animated opening of all time?’ That’s the power of the Pixar brand.”
And it’s just going to continue to make a ridiculous amount of money at the box office. It won’t have any animated competition until The Secret Life of Pets is released on July 8.
Meanwhile, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson’s comedy Central Intelligence came in at a distant second with a $34.5 million opening weekend. That’s not bad, but it’s certainly not all hunky-dory.[mashshare]