‘Finding Dory’ enjoys record opening weekend

Pixar sequel overtakes 2007 cartoon to be highest-grossing animated film

Pixar’s new film Finding Dory has beaten the nine-year-old record for the highest grossing opening weekend for an animated film.

Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar’s 2003 film Finding Nemo, saw cinema receipts of $136.2m (£93m) to overtake 2007’s Shrek The Third, which took $121.6m (£83m) in US cinemas on its opening weekend.

Its box-office receipts also make Finding Dory the second-highest grossing opening weekend for any film released in June, behind Jurassic World, which opened to $208.8m (£143m) in 2015.

Pixar was bought by Disney in 2006, and Finding Dory’s impressive receipts add to a good year for Disney. It has the three highest-grossing films of 2016 so far: Zootopia, The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War. It’s expected that Finding Dory will join that list.

Finding Dory is based on a fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres with memory loss, trying to find her long-lost parents.

Its favourable reviews and high box-office opening see Pixar back on form, after The Good Dinosaur became the studio’s first big flop in 2015. It grossed a total of $332m (£227m), the lowest of any Pixar release.

Pixar’s next films are Cars 3 and the new film Coco, both of which are due out in 2017 before Toy Story 4 in 2018 and Incredibles 2 in 2019.