Disney has once again topped the box-office with its long-awaited follow-up sequel “Finding Dory.” The film premiered in theaters this weekend, running mostly unopposed, only opening against the buddy-comedy “Central Intelligence.” Here are the domestic Box Office Results from the weekend.
Disney’s “Finding Dory” pulled-in an outstanding $136M this weekend, the animated hit opened across 4,305 locations across the country. To put that box-office magic in perspective, the original hit opened back in 2003, winning the weekend with only a $70M debut.
“Finding Dory” was directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane. The screenplay for the sequel was written by Stanton, who also wrote the original story. The film stars the voice-talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Bill Hader and Sigourney Weaver.
Warner Bros Pictures opened at number-two this weekend with $34.5M. That’s still an impressive sum considering that it opened against Disney’s box-office blockbuster. “Central Intelligence” was directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, working off a screenplay written by Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The comedy stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Danielle Nicolet.
Taking the third-spot on the domestic charts this week was another Warner Bros. hit, “The Conjuring 2,” which dropped from first to third with a $15.5M weekend. The franchise continues to be a hit for the studio, the film has now earned over $71M in just two-weeks.t “The Conjuring 2” was directed by James Wan, working off a screenplay written by Carey and Chad Hayes. The film stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Madison Wolfe.
At number-four this week was “Now You See Me 2” from Lionsgate. The thriller earned $9.65M this weekend, raising the film’s total to just over $41.3M in two-weeks. “Now You See Me 2” was directed by Jon M. Chu, the screenplay and original story was written by Ed Solomon. Among the ensemble cast are Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Daniel Radcliffe.
Rounding out the top-five at the box-office was the fantasy epic “Warcraft” from Universal Pictures. The film only earned $6.5M at the box-office this week, a 73% drop from its debut last weekend. The film did manage to remain in 3,406 locations and has only made $37.7M domestically. “Warcraft” was written by Duncan Jones, who also cowrote the screenplay with Charles Leavitt. The film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton and Ben Foster.