JUNE 20 UPDATE: Pixar’s family sequel gave early summer box office the boost it needed and rewrote the animation record books, while Warcraft tumbled 70% in its second weekend.
Finding Dory, featuring a voice cast led by Ellen DeGeneres, opened higher than any other animated film, beating the previous mark set by Shrek The Third in 2007 on $121.6m. However it did not win in real terms, as the latter’s opening gross adjusts for inflation to $140.9m.
The Finding Nemo sequel also scored the biggest ever debut for animation hit factory Pixar and overtook Toy Story 3, which opened in 2010 in June $110.3m, which adjusts for inflation to $121.5m.
This was only the second time in Pixar’s 20th year of releasing features that one of its films has debuted to more than $100m in North America. Dory’s predecessor Finding Nemo arrived in May 2003 on $70.3m, which adjusts to $91.8m in real terms. That film finished on $339.7m.
New Line-Universal’s action comedy Central Intelligence with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart debuted at number two via Warner Bros on a solid $35.5m considering the $50m price tag.
Legendary-Universal’s Warcraft tumbled a huge 70% in its second weekend and fell three places to number five on $7.2m for a lowly $38.4m.
The film stands at $205m in China after slowing down considerably in its second week there, and has grossed $339m internationally overall, brining the early global tally to $371.6m.
Last weekend’s champion The Conjuring 2 slipped two places to number three and stands at $71.1m.
Box office for the top 12 surged by 57.6% to $226.4m, down 6.6% on the comparable session in 2015, when Jurassic World was in the second weekend of its record-breaking run.
This week’s wide releases are: Fox’s action sequel Independence Day: Resurgence; Columbia Pictures’ horror title The Shallows; and Civil War drama Free State Of Jones through STX Entertainment. Broad Green releases horror-thriller The Neon Demon wide prior to the digital release on Amazon’s Prime Video service later this year.
Confirmed top 10 North America June 17-19, 2016
Film (Dist) / Conf wkd gross / Conf total to date
1 (-) Finding Dory (Buena Vista) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International $135.1m –
2 (-) Central Intelligence (Warner Bros) Universal Pictures International $35.5m –
3 (1) The Conjuring 2 (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Pictures International $14.9m $71.1m
4 (3) Now You See Me 2 (Lionsgate) Lionsgate International $9.4m $41.1m
5 (2) Warcraft (Universal) Universal Pictures International $7.2m $38.4m
6 (5) X-Men: Apocalypse (Fox) Fox International $5.3m $146.2m
7 (4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (Paramount) Paramount Pictures International $5.25m $71.9m
8 (8) Alice Through The Looking Glass (Buena Vista) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International $4.3m $69.9m
9 (6) Me Before You (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Pictures International $3.9m $46.1m
10 (9) Captain America: Civil War (Buena Vista) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International $2.3m $401.3m