Finding Dory Set to Be Pixar's Biggest Opening Ever

The sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo is on pace for an opening weekend debut of up to $120 million.

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Finding Dory opens in theaters on June 17, and it's currently set to become Pixar's biggest opening yet. Its debut weekend is projected to be between $115 million and $120 million, Variety reports.

Finding Dory will continue Disney's 2016 success with movies like Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia, and The Jungle Book that currently hold the top three highest-grossing spots for this year. These movies have helped Disney make more than $4 billion at the box office globally in 2016.

Variety notes that the tracking can be unreliable when a movie is creating the amount of excitement that Finding Dory is, meaning the Finding Nemo sequel could come up short of the projected target. If it does hit the $115 million mark, then it will have surpassed Toy Story 3's debut of $110.3 million.

Finding Dory could be helped by the lack of new movies for children, MKM Partners analyst Erik Handler says.

"The trailers look cute. All the favorite characters are there. There isn't much out there for kids. So I'm expecting big things," Handler explained.

Pixar's last theater outing was the first time it lost money on one of its films. Analysts said that last year's The Good Dinosaur would have to make $500 million to break even, but it flopped with a box office earning of $331.9 million, despite its generally positive reviews. It has a 66 on GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

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