Dory, the forgetful blue fish of the reef, seems to have won hearts, as Disney’s Finding Dory is expected to pull off a whopping $130 million on its opening weekend. The $9.2 million box office collections from Thursday was the biggest debut earnings for animated movies ever.
Dory is shown in 4,305 theaters in the United States. It is expected to rake $50 to $52 million on Friday alone, which will catapult it ahead of Minions movie that raised $46 million on the first day last year, the Deadline reported.
However, these estimates may fluctuate, as they have been derived from projections by matinee estimates of rival distributors.
It is not the first time that a Disney/Pixar movie has broken the box office records with massive returns on the opening weekend. Toy Story 3 and Inside Out managed to bag the third and the fourth place respectively in this regard, the Vanity Fair reported.
Though the Sunday telecast of the NBA finals may affect the turnout at the end of the weekend, Dory’s charm is likely to help it sail past and enable it to break the records set by Shrek the Third and the Minions.
Finding Dory will be counted among the top 20 domestic openers of all time if it is able to raise $130 million this weekend. Variety reported that Marvel-Disney’s Captain America: Civil War was the fifth biggest launch of all times with $170 million to its credit.
Finding Dory, which is receiving rave reviews worldwide, is also expected to revive the summer box office from the lull created by the upsetting turn out for movies like the Warcraft, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.