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‘Trolls’ Launches With Powerful $45M+, ‘Finding Dory’ Surpasses ‘Zootopia’ To Become Year’s Top-Grossing Animation

This year, box office experts have consistently underestimated how animation would perform at the box office, and Dreamworks’ Trolls proved no exception. The Mike Mitchell-directed film enjoyed a powerful $45.6 million (estimated) launch in the United States, at least $5-15 million higher than what industry observers had predicted.

Trolls opened in second place, behind the $85 million debut of Doctor Strange. Compared to the last couple Dreamworks entries, Trolls fell in between the $41.3m launch of this year’s Kung Fu Panda 3 and the $52.1m bow of 2015’s home.

The opening weekend Trolls audience skewed heavily toward females (over 60%) and families (over 70%), which gives Trolls two more weekends of clear sailing before the arrival of the next PG film targeting a similar audience: Disney’s Moana.

Trolls added an extra $30.3m from international territories, including a No. 1 launch in Mexico, lifting its foreign total to $104m. In Spain, where Trolls had debuted in third place, the film had an 18% increase and jumped into the No. 1 spot.

One other significant bit of box office news: Pixar’s Finding Dory overtook Zootopia at the global box office this weekend to become the highest-grossing animated feature of the year ($1,024.0 billion to $1,023.6 billion). It marks the first time in film history that two animated films have achieved a billion-dollar gross in the same calendar year. The Walt Disney Company, of course, produced both films.

  • Ernesto Jose Narvaez Osorio

    Good for Dreamworks, finally a success for them.

  • Lennon Surcot

    I don’t think it’s really news that Finding Dory a film that EVERYONE said was going to make a HUGE gross (like 1.5B) but didn’t beating a completely original film that NO ONE ever expected to make over one billion, much less be loved by millions and be critically acclaimed at that very news worthy.

    Now let’s talk about Zootopia winning a Hollywood Film Award! The first major award of the season!

  • Doconnor

    It’s only one more week until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Moana hits a billion as well.

  • Doconnor

    It’s only one more week until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Moana hits a billion as well.

  • GabzGirl

    That’s pretty good! Not sure it will do amazing numbers at the box office though, especially with Moana on the horizon.

  • Andrew Alderson

    I’m surprise that the film has found it’s success, despite of it’s horrible marketing that completely spoiled the film in the trailers (Thank god I had never watched trailers at all).