Disney’s Finding Dory topped the box office with an opening weekend haul of a staggering $136.2 million, setting an animated feature record, overtaking 2007’s Shrek the Third ($122 million). Dory can also claim the second highest opening for a June film release in history.
Sequels sometimes suffer from long lag times in between films (think Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), with audiences growing up and moving on, or losing interest. However, a 13-year wait didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of Finding Nemo fans, with new ones coming along for the animated ride. The forgetful Dory was a breakout character from Pixar’s Finding Nemo, so building a sequel around the blue fish seemed like a sure box office bet, with Ellen DeGeneres returning to voice the character.
Settling for a distant but respectable second place finish was the buddy comedy, Central Intelligence, pairing Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson with funnyman Kevin Hart. The film took in $34.5 million.
The Conjuring 2 was knocked off the top spot in its second week of release, slipping to third place with $15.5 million, bringing its two week domestic box office to $72 million.
Limping into fourth place was the Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson-starring feature, Now You See Me 2, which managed $9.6 million in its second week, dropping off over 50%.
Rounding out the top five was Universal’s fantasy/action flick, Warcraft, which took in $6.5 million domestically in its second week of release.
TOP 10 WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (JUNE 17-19, 2016)
1) FINDING DORY $136.2 MILLION
2) CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE $34.5 MILLION
3) THE CONJURING 2 $15.5 MILLION
4) NOW YOU SEE ME 2 $9.6 MILLION
5) WARCRAFT $6.5 MILLION
6) X-MEN: APOCALYPSE $5.21 MILLION
7) TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES $5.2 MILLION
8) ME BEFORE YOU $4.2 MILLION
9) ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS $3.6 MILLION
10) CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR $2.3 MILLION