By tomorrow, Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory will cross $200M becoming the fastest animated pic to do so in one week at the domestic B.O.
Previously, Toy Story 3 (final box office $415M) and Minions ($336M) accomplished that feat in nine days. Through five days, Dory counts $177.7M. Yesterday, the Andrew Stanton-Angus MacLane directed movie racked up $23.1M, the highest Tuesday ever for a feature toon, and the sixth highest grossing Tuesday overall.
Dory beats previous toon Tuesday record-holder Minions ($16.8M). Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens owns the best Tuesday B.O. record with $37.4M. This weekend, Dory is poised to hold on to her top spot at the weekend box office with a $60M second weekend, beating 20th Century Fox’s big summer sequel Independence Day: Resurgence which is looking to gross between $45M-$52M. ...
And there's plenty of other animated features rolling down up-country pike.
The Secret Life of Pets (Illumination Entertainment-Universal) receives a wide release on July 8th, and Ice Age: Collision Course (Blue Sky Studios-Fox) launches on July 22nd.
There are a poopload of long-form cartoons being rolled out globally in 2016, and why would that be surprising? Long-form cartoons make buckets of money.
Besides the two features named above, there will be Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika) August 19th, Storks (Warners) on September 23rd, then Trolls and Moana in November and a thundering herd of product in 2017.
Soon we will get to see the cannibalizing each other!! theory in action. Or not.