Given the sheer success of Finding Nemo one could have expected Finding Dory to be a huge hit at launch. Pixar’s Finding Dory is expected to bring in over $136 million in its opening weekend in the United States which would mean that the film is going to break the record for the best opening weekend for an animated movie. It’s also going to clinch the second best opening ever in the U.S., second only to Jurassic World which opened in 2015 to $208.8 million.

It was previously estimated that Finding Dory would bring it around $120 million in its opening weekend but the latest figures from Deadline suggest that it actually brought in $136.2 million.

Finding Dory is reported to have had a production budget of $200 million excluding marketing. It’s expected that the film is going to clear up to $629 million in the United States alone.

Finding Nemo was the biggest animation release of all time back in 2003 and it soon became the performance benchmark for animated movies. There were high hopes for its sequel which revolve around Dory’s quest to be reunited with her family.

Ellen DeGeneres has returned to voice Dory while Albert Brooks is back to play the clownfish, Marlin. The cast also includes Idris Elba, Willem Dafoe, Eugene Levy, Dominic West, and Diane Keaton.

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