After opening this past June, Finding Dory finally crossed the $1 billion worldwide box office mark this weekend. The movie has grossed $485 million domestically and $517 million internationally for a total of $1,001.5 million worldwide. It becomes Pixar’s second movie to gross $1 billion worldwide (the first being Toy Story 3, which made $1,067 million worldwide).
Finding Dory is currently the highest-grossing domestic release of the year, and it may very well keep that record. Its only serious competition for the crown is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and I don’t see either of those outgrossing Dory because even though one is a Harry Potter spin-off and the other is a Star Wars spin-off, that’s their issue: they’re spin-offs. I don’t think they’re going to make more than a bona fide sequel, especially one that has the built-in love that Dory had.
I’m curious to see if Dory has any staying power in the long run. Finding Nemo wore out parents’ DVD players, but I don’t think Dory is going to be at the level of a Toy Story 2 where it’s as beloved as the original. It’s probably going to operate at the level of Toy Story 3.