After one month of playing in theaters, Finding Dory has surpassed the domestic mark for the highest grossing animated film in box office history. Beating out the likes of Frozen (5), Toy Story 3 (4), The Lion King (3), and Shrek 2 (2), the Finding Nemo sequel has grossed a whopping $445.5 million. The previous held record by Shrek 2 in 2004 was $441.2 million.
This landmark is even more significant for the film as animated children’s movies have dominated the box office so far this year. Finding Dory has also dominated the critically and audience acclaimed Zootopia (coming in at number 9) and the recent release The Secret Life of Pets, both of which have scored big at the box office themselves. Being the sequel of another beloved Pixar film undoubtedly helped the movie at the box office, especially since its predecessor was released in theaters all of 13 years ago. Finding Nemo comes in at 6 on the list, grossing $380.8 million during its successful tenure at the box office in 2003. Finding Dory will only go up from here as it continues to impress nationwide at box offices among the audience-grabbing summer releases.
Finding Dory reunites the forgetful blue tang fish Dory with her clown fish friends Marlin and Nemo on a new adventure to find her long lost parents. Andrew Stanton and Angus McLane returned to direct with a voice cast including returning actors Ellen Degeneres and Albert Brooks with newcomers Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, Kaitlin Olson, Ed O’Neill, Idris Elba and many more.