Walt Disney Pictures took in more than $1 billion at the U.S. box office alone in the first five months of 2016, easily breaking the record previously set by a major Hollywood studio. Moreover, the three movies that helped Disney reach that benchmark – animated film Zootopia, live-action/CGI re-imagining The Jungle Book, and Marvel Studios sequel Captain America: Civil War – were all critical darlings and general audience favorites, in addition to being commercial hits.
Disney’s 2016 run has cooled a bit since then, between the critical/commercial under-performance of Alice Through the Looking Glass and The BFG, in essence, bombing at the U.S. box office (in spite of a positive reception). On the other hand, Disney/Pixar’s animated Finding Dory has countered that by living up to the hefty expectations that surrounded the Finding Nemo sequel ahead of its theatrical release.
Per Box Office Mojo, Finding Dory took in $20.3 million at the U.S. box office this weekend, putting its domestic total at $422.6 million and placing it ahead of Civil War to become the top-grossing 2016 film, stateside (side-note: Finding Dory technically surpassed Civil War at the domestic box office on Friday). Internationally is another story, as Civil War remains the top-grossing 2016 movie worldwide with a take of $1.15 billion – with Finding Dory currently in sixth place, with $643 million. Nevertheless, the Finding Nemo followup’s financial performance stateside is worth noting.