“Finding Dory” will finish the weekend with $136.2 million at the North American box office, setting a new record for the largest domestic opening for an animated film.
That figure is just shy of Saturday’s $140 million estimate, but well above the $100 million pre-release projections — and more than enough to topple the previous record holder, 2007’s “Shrek The Third” ($121.6 million). Before this weekend, Pixar’s best opening was “Toy Story 3,” which debuted with $110.3 million. in 2010.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Finding Dory” raked in another $50 million overseas, where it opened in 32 percent of the marketplace.
“Central Intelligence,” the action-comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, finished the weekend a distant second with $34.5 million. It was followed by James Wan’s “The Conjuring 2,” which finished its second weekend with $15.6 million (for a domestic total of $71.7 million), and “Now You See Me 2,” which fell 57 percent to $9.7 million (for a U.S. total of $41.4 million).
“Warcraft,” meanwhile, continued its plummet at the North American box office, falling 73 percent to $6.5 million. The Legendary Pictures film has earned just $37.7 million domestically, but its success in China has helped propel the action-fantasy film to a $300 million global haul.
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