The film is Pixar’s second billion-dollar grossing release, joining “Toy Story 3,” and the 12th Walt Disney release to hit that mark. It is also the fourth film by Disney to reach that milestone in the past 12 months, joining “Captain America: Civil War,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and “Zootopia.” “The Jungle Book” fell just short, earning $966.2 million globally.
“Finding Dory” is the year’s highest-grossing domestic release with $485 million. It earned an additional $517 million internationally. The sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo” brought back original cast members Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks, and earned strong critical reviews. It follows Dory, a Pacific blue tang with short-term memory loss, as she tries to reunite with her family.
Disney is on a roll. The company owns Marvel and Lucasfilm, in addition to Pixar, giving it the rights to popular franchises such as “Star Wars” and “The Avengers.” The studio is first in domestic market share, commanding nearly 25% of box office revenues. The company has had a few flops, chief among them “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which earned $300 million, but cost $177 million to produce along with tens of millions in marketing expenses.