Pixar and Disney’s Finding Dory stole the crown for the biggest domestic opening for an animated title of all time, raking in $136.2 million since its debut on June 17. The picture dethroned the DreamWorks animation Shrek The Third, which debuted at $121.6 million back in 2007.
Nemo nostalgia could very well be a driving force behind the result, with a reported 26% of the audience being made up of adults and 9% teenagers (the remaining 65% being families). It’s unsurprising that this is the case, considering the thirteen year gap between Finding Nemo and its sequel.
Chief of Disney domestic distribution Dave Hollis described the gap as having created a “want-to-see, need-to-see movement.” and the return of Ellen DeGeneres (Dory) and Albert Brooks (Marlin) undoubtedly made the occasion more authentic.