Finding Dory is now the biggest animated film in US history

The sequel to the 2003 3D film has done exceptionally well domestically on its opening weekend

Finding Dory is officially the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the US.

The much-anticipated sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo, the new Pixar film sees the eponymous protagonist, voiced by chat show host Ellen Degeneres, embark on a journey to be reunited with her parents. Voice talent in the film includes The Simpsons‘ Al Brooks, The Wire‘s Idris Elba and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s Kaitlin Olson.

In figures released by Disney yesterday, Finding Dory earned an estimated $445.5 million at the box office in the US on its opening weekend. These figures surpass previous record-holder, Shrek 2 – which made an estimated $441.2 million in the same time period in 2004 – to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time in the US.

The film is expected to pass The Dark Knight Rises ($448.1 million) to become the 10th highest-grossing film in the US, while it has also racked up a global total of $721.7 million after also opening this past weekend in Japan, Mexico, and Hong Kong.

Finding Dory will be released in the UK on Friday July 29.