‘Finding Dory’ Blows Animation Record Out of the Water

The forgetful blue fish of “Finding Dory” is box office gold.

The Pixar sequel far surpassed its already ocean-sized expectations to take in $136.2 million in North American theaters, making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time, not adjusting for inflation, according to comScore estimates Sunday.

The 2007 film “Shrek the Third” was the previous record-holder, with a $121.6 million debut.

“Finding Dory,” which comes 13 years after “Finding Nemo,” is also the second-largest June opening of all time, with “Jurassic World” at No. 1. The well-reviewed film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks.

Going into the weekend, analysts expected “Finding Dory” to draw big, $100 million-plus numbers, but never this big.

“The thought was: ‘Could this be the movie to eclipse “Toy Story 3’s” opening?’ not, ‘Could it become the biggest animated opening of all time?'” said Paul Dergarabedian, comScore’s senior media analyst. “That’s the power of the Pixar brand.”

Until now, “Toy Story 3” was Pixar’s biggest opening ever, with $110.3 million.

Disney Executive Vice President of Distribution Dave Hollis was particularly heartened that the film did such robust late-night business on Friday and Saturday.

“That’s really a testament to this being a picture for everyone — not just for families,” Hollis said.

“Finding Dory” has the animated seas to itself until “The Secret Life of Pets” opens July 8.

The Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson buddy comedy “Central Intelligence” also had a relatively muscular weekend, with a better-than-expected $34.5 million, putting it in second place.

“It’s a real home run,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ executive vice president of domestic distribution. “These two comedians are just stars. They connect with their audience and each other in such a strong way. You just laugh when you watch them.”

“Central Intelligence” cost a reported $50 million to make and scored especially well with younger audiences, who the studio hopes will propel word-of-mouth business in weeks to come. The next major comedy releases don’t come until mid-July, with “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” and “Ghostbusters.”

In third place, the James Wan horror pic “The Conjuring 2” fell 62 percent in its second weekend in theaters, earning $15.6 million and bringing its domestic total to $71.7 million.

Rounding out the top five were “Now You See Me 2,” with $9.7 million, and “Warcraft,” with $6.5 million.

Overall, the weekend is down nearly 5 percent from last year, when “Inside Out” launched with $90.4 million and “Jurassic World” earned $106.6 million in its second weekend in theaters.

Still, Dergarabedian says the comparatively big audiences this weekend are good for business in the long run because they’ll be exposed to trailers for upcoming summer films. The success of “Finding Dory” and “Central Intelligence” also comes after a few weekends of underwhelming sequels and all-out flops.

“A movie like ‘Dory’ can reinvigorate a marketplace that has been in the doldrums for the last few weeks,” he said.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Finding Dory,” $136.2 million ($50 million international).

2.”Central Intelligence,” $34.5 million ($6.8 million international).

3.”The Conjuring 2,” $15.6 million ($41.9 million international).

4.”Now You See Me 2,” $9.7 million ($15.8 million international).

5.”Warcraft,” $6.5 million ($17.7 million international).

6.”X-Men: Apocalypse,” $5.2 million ($12.8 million international).

7.”Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” $5.2 million ($10.5 million international).

8.”Me Before You,” $4.2 million ($13.5 million international).

9.”Alice Through the Looking Glass,” $3.6 million ($8 million international).

10.”Captain America: Civil War,” $2.3 million.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. “Finding Dory,” $50 million.

2. “The Conjuring 2,” $41.9 million.

3. “Warcraft,” $17.7 million.

4. “Now You See Me 2,” $15.8 million.

5. “Me Before You,” $13.5 million.

6. “X-Men: Apocalypse,” $12.8 million.

7. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” $10.5 million.

8. “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” $8 million.

9. “Central Intelligence,” $6.8 million.

10. “The Angry Birds Movie,” $6.3 million.

New ‘Finding Dory’ Gift Card Available

Just keep swimming on over to DisneyGiftCard.com, Walt Disney World Resort, or Disneyland Resort for a new “Finding Dory”-themed Disney Gift Card. Just in time for the theatrical release of “Finding Dory,” this new card features everyone’s favorite unforgettable fish, Dory, lucky-finned Nemo, and unlikely new friend, Hank.

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Also at Walt Disney World Resort, is an exclusive Disney Springs-themed Disney Gift Card now available at select Disney Springs merchandise locations, but like any Disney Gift Card, good for all things Disney. Guests at Disney Springs can embrace this truly amazing place, brimming with unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind eateries and lively entertainment. There’s such an incredible array of things to do—no two visits will ever be the same.

Load your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15 and use it to purchase practically all things Disney from theme park tickets to Mickey merchandise at Disney Destinations nationwide. Be sure to swim on into Disney Parks this Summer and don’t miss Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” in theaters June 17, 2016.

‘Speak Like A Whale Day’ This June 11th

On Saturday, June 11, 2016 Disney Parks will celebrate Speak Like a Whale Day. Taking a cue from everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, and her new friends Bailey, a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz, and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark, guests can learn to speak the language while taking part in some whale-sized fun.

Guests can celebrate in a number of ways:

  • Guests at Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disney Cruise Line ships will receive a complimentary button to celebrate the day on June 11 (while supplies last).
  • At the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, families can dive into “undersea” themed activities, including a live DJ, games and giveaways. Young guests can attend “Whale Speak University” and give speaking the language a try.
  • At The Seas with Nemo & Friends in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort, guests can learn about the real-life counterparts of the characters from the film and see them in their massive 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium home. Experts from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Team will be on hand throughout the day to help guests find Dory and her friends and get a closer look at their world.
  • Dory and some of her new friends from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” have joined Crush at the Turtle Talk with Crush attraction at Epcot and Disney California Adventure park. Guests can meet Destiny the whale shark, Bailey the beluga whale and Hank the “septopus.”

Be sure to swim on into Disney Parks to check out all of the fun and don’t miss Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” in theaters June 17, 2016.

Characters from Disney•Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory’ Join ‘Turtle Talk with Crush’ This Summer

When Crush the sea turtle swims up to the “Human Tank” at either Epcot or Disney California Adventure park this summer, he’ll be joined by Dory and some of her new friends from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory”! You’ll be able to meet Destiny the whale shark, Bailey the beluga whale and Hank the “septopus” (that’s a seven-legged octopus, of course!). Crush’s very own mini-man Squirt will also be swimming by for the first time, and you might even catch a glimpse of Nemo and his dad Marlin.

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak whale? Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.

Disney’s 2016 Slate: 13 Titles Include ‘Alice’ Sequel, ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.

 

Disney scooped up giant hunks of the world’s movie audience in 2015, concluding the year with the record-busting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The studio’s Disney’s complete movie calendar for 2016, released with synopses and artwork Tuesday, is highlighted by “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One,” along with potential powerhouses from its Pixar and Marvel subsidiaries.

“Rogue One” is a stand-alone in the Star Wars universe, depicting events prior to “Star Wars: A New Hope.” The Christmas-season film tells the story of resistance fighters out to steal plans to the malevolent Death Star.

The 13-film Disney list includes blockbusters-in-waiting like “Rogue One” and Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” but also lesser known offerings, such as “The Finest Hours” and a remake of a much-loved piece from the studio’s library in “Jungle Book,” the Jon Favreau retelling of the Rudyard Kipling story, employing an amalgamation of live action with animated elements.

Disney finished 2015 with a company record with $5.85 billion in worldwide grosses. Little is left to chance for most of the 2016 followups in the Mouse House, with the majority of its films spun off from previous films or classic stories that will be released on the following dates:

Jan. 29: “The Finest Hours” — Chris Pine stars in the story of a daring Coast Guard rescue mission.

April 15: “Jungle Book,” centered on man-cub Mowgli, returns to the screen April 15, with newcomer Neel Sethi in the title role and an array of name actors as the animated jungle characters, including the panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), the free-spirited Bear Baloo (Bill Murray) and the mother wolf Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o.)

May 16: “Captain America: Civil War” — Chris Evans’ Captain America squares off against Robert Downey Jr.’s Ironman in the May 16 Marvel release, dividing the rest of the hero universe into warring camps.

May 27: “Alice Through the Looking Glass” has Alice back in Underland on a mission to save the Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp. Director James Bobin will imagine a new take on Lewis Carroll’s story, as Tim Burton did with 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

June 17: “Finding Dory” is a sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. The blue tang Dory goes looking for answers about her past, with an assist from Nemo and others.

July 1: “The BFG” has director Steven Spielberg reinventing the classic Roald Dahl story of a little girl who befriends a Big Friendly Giant and others in Giant Country. It’s the final DreamWorks film released by Disney before Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners enters a new distribution deal with Universal.

August 12: “Pete’s Dragon” re-imagines an earlier Disney family film of the same name, about a boy named Pete and his best friend, a dragon named Elliott. Among the stars are Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley and Wes Bentley.

Fall: “Queen of Katwe” marks an exception to the Disney formula: It’s an original story. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, the film tells the story of a girl whose world expands from the streets of Uganda to a larger world when she becomes a chess whiz. Along with her voice work in “The Force Awakens” and “Jungle Book” and her live action turn here, Nyong’o is fast becoming a Disney mainstay.

Nov. 4: “Doctor Strange” features Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, as a doctor who discovers magic and alternative realities after suffering a terrible accident. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams also star in the second film of the year from the world of Marvel.

FindiNov. 23: “Moana” represents Pixar’s second release of 2016, an adventure story about a girl who sets out on a mission to prove herself, with the aide of a demi-god, Maui. The title role goes to newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, who emerged from a casting call that spanned the Pacific and involved hundreds of young women. Dwayne Johnson voices Maui.

Dec. 16: “Rogue One” — Director Gareth Edwards leads a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker.

Unknown: “The Light Between Oceans” from DreamWorks Pictures has been looking for a release window for some time. It still doesn’t have one for the film, starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander that the studio says is about “fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realized.”

From Variety

Disney•Pixar Announces Release Dates Through 2019

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Disney•Pixar fans, rejoice! We’ve finally gotten release dates for the upcoming films, including a few hotly anticipated sequels—Cars 3, Toy Story 4, and Incredibles 2—and Coco, a new story about a spirited 12-year-old boy named Miguel, who somehow finds himself in the fantastical realm of dead.

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Let the countdown begin.

New ‘Finding Nemo’ Themed Attraction Coming to Tokyo DisneySea

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Oriental Land Company has announced that a new attraction themed to the world of the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo” and its upcoming sequel “Finding Dory” (to be released in 2016) will open in Port Discovery at Tokyo DisneySea Park in spring 2017.

Guests will board a submarine that “shrinks” to the size of a fish and uses a ride system that seamlessly blends visuals from the films with a motion system. In this immersive underwater experience, guests will be able to explore the vast ocean from the same point of view as Nemo and Dory and meet different characters and make new discoveries each time they ride.

The development of this attraction is only possible because of the collaboration between Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Oriental Land Company. The teams have worked together to create new, popular attractions and entertainment at Tokyo Disney Resort and make the resort one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations. We are also pleased that the teams will continue this collaboration as they work with the production staff of “Finding Dory” who will help create the visual images for this attraction.

DisneyPixar Announce ‘Finding Dory’ Story

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At CCXP – Comic Con Experience from Brazil, Jim Morris, president of Disney Pixar Studios, announced news from the upcoming Pixar movie Finding Dory. He also showed arts and unfinished scenes, and presented a new software that Pixar developed to create crowds (schools of fish).

The story of the movie will follow Dory, Merlin and Nemo as they set off on a journey to find about Dory’s past and parents. The movie will be mainly set in the Marine Biology Institute of California, a huge complex of rehabilitation for marine life. Dory learns that she was born and raised there and was released in the ocean when she was a kid. We will se new characters, like an octopus, sea lions, a beluga whale and others.

Finding Dory is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2016.