“Finding Dory” has already broken one record, and the best opening day for an animated feature is well within its grasp.
The newest film from Pixar opened on June 16 in some theaters and grossed $9.2 million on its first day.
The little yellow guys went on to come in second place for the top-grossing opening weekend for an animated movie, right behind “Shrek the Third.”
“At this point, it’s looking like the record is in the bag,” Brad Brevet wrote for Box Office Mojo.
“Finding Dory” would have to bring in another $112 million to beat Shrek. Critics are mixed on their response to the film. Many rate it well, but say that it misses the magic of the original, including Business Insider’s Jason Guerrasio.
“Inside Out” was Pixar’s summer movie of 2015, and it did well by bringing in $356 million to date.
It probably helps that “Finding Dory” is the widest release ever for Pixar, opening in 4,305 theaters – not to mention that “Finding Nemo,” the movie’s predecessor, is one of the best Pixar movies of all time.