Pixar’s Finding Dory fended off three newcomers and kept the top spot at the American box office during the four-day Independence Day holiday. The Andrew Stanton-directed sequel pulled in an estimated $50.2 million over the holiday, with $41.4m coming from the standard three-day weekend period.
Finding Dory’s weekend gross (excluding the extra fourth day) is the biggest third weekend ever for an animated feature—and the eighth-highest for any film ever. Its overall domestic gross now stands at $380.5m and will soon surpass Toy Story 3′s $415m total to become Pixar’s highest-grossing release ever. Should Dory reach $441m, it would surpass Shrek 2 to become the top-grossing animated feature in U.S. history.
Internationally, Dory tacked on $34.4m, lifting its foreign total to $167.8m. The global total for the film is $538m.