It’s the third-highest grossing Pixar release of all time after “Toy Story 3” at $1.06 billion and the 2003 prequel “Finding Nemo” at $936 million.
“Finding Dory” launched with a $135 million domestic opening weekend on June 17-19, setting a record for biggest debut ever for an animated film. It’s become the top domestic release of the year and the seventh-highest domestic release of all time with $476.9 million.
Its international gross is $423.5 million with upcoming releases in Italy, Germany and several other smaller territories. Japan is the top foreign market with $50 million, followed by China with $38 million.
It’s the 40th title to top $900 million worldwide and the 16th Disney release to reach the milestone. Disney has the four top titles this year with “Captain America: Civil War” at $1.15 billion, “Zootopia” at $1.02 billion, “The Jungle Book” at $949 million and “Finding Dory” at $900.4 million.
Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is the fifth-highest worldwide grosser this year at $873 million.
The sequel reunites original director Andrew Stanton with Ellen DeGeneres returning to voice Dory along with Albert Brooks voicing her friend Marlin. Stanton’s co-director Angus MacLane is making his filmmaking debut.
The new story centers on Dory — a blue tang — suffering from short-term memory loss and scouring the ocean in search of her long-lost parents. Disney did not provide a budget, but Pixar films typically carry price tags between $175 million and $200 million.