Finding Dory poised to take the highest animated opening weekend honor of all time.
Disney and Pixar have worked up the formula to break the slow box office summer sludge and the sequel curse altogether. Although The Conjuring 2 has already made up the ground for the sequel curse to be broken but Finding Dory will undo the curse for this year.
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Finding Dory is the sequel to the 2003 animated Oscar nominated hit Finding Nemo. Coming after 13 years, the anticipation for the movie has been high. The movie is currently attracting a variable range of audience from young adults who will turn up to watch the sequel of the animated movie they watched in 2003. As well as kids that are always a huge factor in making animated movies a hit.
According to various analysts, Finding Dory is set to become the highest grossing animated movie in its opening weekend. Accounting the history for the animated movie business over the years, the sequels have always seen a positive upgrade from their original parts when it comes to the box office.
Whether it is Cars 2, seeing a 10% bump with $77.28 million over the original, Toy Story 3 saw a 92.2% bump over Toy Story 2's opening weekend or Monsters University saw a 31.7% bump from the original. All these movies are testament that the sequel is set to earn more than it’s original movie. What is more is that except for Toy Story, neither Cars nor Monsters franchise gained as much popularity as Finding Nemo did back in 2003.
All these facts considered including the booming business that pre-order services are reporting are testaments to the fact that Finding Dory is set to become a high grossing animated movie. Fandango has already reported record breaking pre-bookings and ticket sales. The movie holds a 98 out of hundred points on Fandango. That represents all the people that are eager to watch the movie.
So just how high are the expectation for Finding Dory? Many analysts are guessing a gross opening weekend total between $115-120 million. Given that the movie is already set to pass 2010's Toy Story 3, which opened with $110.3 million which was the largest opening weekend for Pixar.
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If it goes over $115 million mark, it will cross 2015's Minions at $115.7 million which is the second highest animated movie opening, according to BoxOfficeMojo. The movie is anticipated to cross the highest animated movie opening of all time which is 2007's Shrek the Third with $121.6 million.