After raking in $9.2 million from Thursday previews, “Finding Dory” is on a course for record-breaking $140 million opening weekend at the North American box office.
By Friday, the Pixar sequel had earned $55 million, ahead of the Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart action-comedy “Central Intelligence,” with $34 million.
Following “Finding Dory’s” previews performance, U.S. box office projections were raised from $100 million to about $120 million. Those estimates have been revised again, with the film expected to smash the nine-year-old record for best domestic animated opening set in 2007 by “Shrek The Third” ($121.6 million).
If that $140 million estimate holds out, Variety notes “Dory” will score the 17th-biggest domestic opening of all time, and the second-biggest of 2016, after Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War” ($179 million).
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