Box Office: ‘Finding Dory’ makes Record Splash Domestically
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Finding Dory posted the biggest North American box office opening ever for an animated film, action comedy ‘Central Intelligence’ opened to a solid $34.5-M.
13 years after Finding Nemo hit theaters, Pixar and Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) sequel Finding Dory made a record splash at the box office, landing the biggest domestic opening of all time for an animated title with $136.2-M from 4,305 theaters. It is the only animated movie to crack the overall list of Top 20 motion picture openings, ranking # 18.
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s Central Intelligence opened to solid business, earning $34.5-M from 3,508 theaters to come in #2. Sunday’s NBA Finals Game 7 could subdue movie going later on Father’s Day.
Overseas, Finding Dory grossed $50% as it rolled out in 32% of the marketplace for a global bow of $186.2-M.
Finding Dory garnered an A CinemaScore.
The film is a boost for the Summer box office, which has seen a number of sequels under perform. Families made up 65% of the audience, adults turned out too with 26%, followed by teenagers at 9%.
Imax (NYSE:IMAX) theaters turned in $5-M domestically.
Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, the follow-up sees Finding Nemo voice stars Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks returning to voice the roles of Dory and Marlin, respectively. Newcomer Hayden Rolence voices the character of Nemo.
The tale keys on Dory’s attempts to reunite with her parents, whom she lost years ago.
Accompanied by Nemo and Marlin, Dory arrives at a marine institute, where she engages with new friends, including a white beluga whale named Destiny (Ty Burrell), a white shark (Kaitlin Olson) and a cranky octopus (Ed O’Neill).
Central Intelligence, paired Messrs Johnson and Hart for the 1st time, earned an A- CinemaScore and skewed slightly female at 51%. It played older, with 57% of ticket buyers over the age of 25.
Central Intelligence, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, follows a CIA agent (Johnson), a 1-time teenage geek returning home for his high-school reunion, who enlists his former classmate (Hart) to help him complete a Mission. Amy Ryan and Aaron Paul co-star.
New Line, Warner Bros. a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) and Universal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) teamed on Central Intelligence, which cost $50-M to produce. Overseas the action-comedy earned $6.8-M from its first 24 smaller markets for a total world box office take of $41.3-M.
Filmmaker James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 placed #3 in North America with $15.6-M from 3,256 theaters for a domestic take of $71.7-M for Warner Bros. and New Line. That’s a 62% fall from its opening frame, horror films decline fast.
The Conjuring 2 is doing solid business overseas, earning another $41.9-M from 57 foreign markets for a foreign total of $116.2-M and worldwide box office take of $187.9-M.
In its 2nd frame, the caper-thriller Now You See Me 2 fell 57% in North America to $9.7-M from 3,232 locations for a domestic take of $41.4-M for Lionsgate (NSE:LGF).
Warcraft dove 73% to $6.5-M from 3,406 theaters for a weak domestic 10-day take of $37.7-M. Warcraft has done massive business in China, earning $205-M to date for a global box office take of $377.6-M.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.