It was a record-breaking weekend at the box office, as the latest Disney-Pixar extravaganza took the top spot. Here’s what went down:
Finding Dory, the sequel to the classic 2003 film Finding Nemo, was the clear pick for audience across North America this weekend, as it debut in first place with an estimated $134.9 million. That’s the largest opening for an animated film in history, trumping Shrek The Third’s $121 million back in 2007. Finding Dory could wind up being the biggest movie the summer, and will give Disney yet another massive hit on their hands.
Debuting in second place with $34.1 million is Central Intelligence, which outperformed many industry expectations. Never discount the amazing power of Dwayne Johnson and his social media presence, which combined with Kevin Hart’s own drawing power, proved to have an immediate adult appeal.
As for the rest of the top five, The Conjuring 2 was in third place with $15 million, Now You See Me 2 hit fourth place with $9.5 million, while the huge North American bust Warcraft dropped 76% to fifth place with $5.9 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Finding Dory – $136 million
2) Central Intelligence – $38 million
3) The Conjuring 2 – $20 million
4) Now You See Me 2 – $14 million
5) Warcraft – $8 million
And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:
1) Finding Dory – $134.9 million
2) Central Intelligence – $34.1 million
3) The Conjuring 2 – $15 million
4) Now You See Me 2 – $9.5million
5) Warcraft – $5.9 million
Next weekend sees the release of Independence Day: Resurgence, Free State of Jones, The Neon Demon and The Shallows. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!