LOS ANGELES Finding Dory might’ve arrived on Father’s Day weekend, but it was women who pushed the Pixar sequel to a record $136.2 million in domestic box office.
Dory now stands as the biggest animated U.S. opening of all time, overtaking Shrek the Third, which bowed to $121.6 million in 2007. It was also Pixar’s biggest debut weekend to date, with the previous high being Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million in 2010).
According to ComScore, women made up 62% of the Finding Dory audience, a heavy female tilt for a four-quadrant family film on one of the year’s biggest weekends for cinemas. And many were moms bringing along the kids, of course maybe dads were getting some precious alone time? as 66% of the audience was under 25.
(Think of it this way if only as many women showed up for Dory in the U.S. as did men, the film would’ve made something like $103.5 million.
And just as everyone and their blogger was declaring the death of the summer sequel, Finding Dory went and doubled up Finding Nemo, which came in at $70.2 million in 2003.
More to come …