Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar’s massive hit Finding Nemo, will hit theaters this weekend and it’s expected to make a lot of money. When the first film was released over 10 years ago, it shocked everyone by bringing home a total of $867 million worldwide. It made just a little over $70 million during its opening weekend in the states.
So what are the predictions for the sequel? Well, it’s looking like Finding Dory could make up to $115 million during its opening weekend at the box office. If the predictions are correct, it would be the second biggest opening this summer behind Captain America: Civil War’s $179.1 million total.
The stage is certainly set for an incredible opening weekend. Finding Dory will be the widest Pixar release in history as it will be featured in over 4,300 theaters. Most of those theaters will have the 3D option, which will help boost the total.
In addition to the huge release, the sequel is getting great reviews from critics. It has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 73 fresh reviews to just 4 rotten reviews. When critics enjoy a film most people were already excited to watch…good things happen.
It will be interesting to see if Finding Dory can beat these initial predictions. Shrek the Third currently holds the record for best opening weekend for an animated film. It made $121.6 million, so Dory and her friends don’t have to swim too far to take down Shrek.[mashshare]