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finding-dory-teaser“Finding Dory,” the squeal to the Oscar-winning 2003 film “Finding Nemo,” established a new record for an animated film opening by bringing in $136.2 million during it’s opening weekend.

The success of the film from Pixar animation studios is no surprise. Pixar’s parent company, Disney, has dominated the movie business. Disney currently has the top three highest-grossing movies of 2016. “Finding Dory” easily swam right past the previous record holder, “Shrek the Third,” which grossed $121.6 million in 2007.

Going into the weekend, analysts expected the movie to draw in big numbers. However, they had estimated it would be much lower at around $100 million. The movie also brought in $50 million internationally.

“Finding Dory” is also the second-largest June opening movie of all time, with “Jurassic World” at the number one spot.

“Finding Dory” centers on a blue tang fish was short term memory loss (Ellen DeGeneres) and her quest to be reunited with her long-lost parents. The sequal comes out 13 years after “Finding Nemo,” and has a combination of old and new beloved characters.

The film was highly anticipated by families, teens and adults because of the strong affection for the original film. The movie has also received fantastic reviews over the past few months..

“That’s really a testament to this being a picture for everyone — not just for families,” Dave Hollis, Disney Executive Vice President of Distribution, stated in an  interview.

Catch “Finding Dory” in theaters across the nation.

 

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