Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory” brought its big-hearted optimism to the Philippine box-office and swam away with P101.7-M in only four days, shattering the biggest opening weekend record for a Disney-Pixar film. This was announced today by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Philippines which distributed the film.
“Dory’s” four-day opening weekend figure smashed the previous record of 2015’s “Inside Out” (at P97.2-M) for highest opening weekend for a title released by either Walt Disney or Pixar.
The opening day gross (P10.3-M) of “Finding Dory” last June 16th now also holds the crown for the biggest first-day take for any Walt Disney and Pixar movie.
The sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” “Dory” arrived in local cinemas with fervent audience anticipation, unanimous critical approval and a unique marketing push with the Manila visit of Filipino animator Paul Abadilla who worked on the film as Set Artist.
In the U.S., family audiences turned out in droves, propelling “Finding Dory” to a massive $136.2 million debut and establishing a new record for an animated film opening.
Its opening weekend results sailed past the previous high-water mark for an animated film — “Shrek the Third’s” $121.6 million launch in 2007 — and ranks as the second-best June debut, behind “Jurassic World’s” $208.8 million bow. Overseas, “Finding Dory” added another $50 million to its haul from 29 international markets, including Australia, Argentina, Russia and China, where its $17.5 million debut ranks as the biggest ever for a Pixar release.
Back in the Philippines, SM Megamall (P2.60-M), SM Mall of Asia (P2.44-M) and Trinoma (P2.26-M) racked up the largest share of box-office receipts, followed by SM North EDSA (P1.86-M), Eastwood (P1.38-M), Power Plant (P1.31-M), Alabang Town Center (P1.29-M), Shang Cineplex (P1.16-M), SM Marikina (P1.15-M) and SM Marikina (P1.12-M).
Also performing above expectations were Glorietta 4 (P1.10-M), Greenhills (P992,700), SM Cebu (P945,900), SM Southmall (P903,700), Greenbelt III (P878,100), Robinsons Magnolia (P834,000), Robinsons Galleria (P804,700), SM Fairview (P770,500), Bonifacio High Street (P762,000) and SM Seaside (P726,500).
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex innerworkings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
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