Following a stellar launch last weekend in Germany, Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory is now poised to cross the $1 billion mark within the next 10 days. When it does, it will become the first time in cinema history that two animated features have earned $1 billion globally in the same calendar year.
The other animated film that has grossed over $1 billion in 2016 is the Disney-produced Zootopia, which racked up $1.023 billion during its theatrical run. (The only non-animated film that has grossed over $1 billion this year is yet another Disney production, Captain America: Civil War.)
The Andrew Stanton-directed Finding Dory launched in Germany with $8.4 million, the biggest opening weekend this year in that territory. In Italy, the the film led the box office for the third weekend in a row, passing Suicide Squad to become that country’s top-grossing American film release of 2016. Overall, Dory grossed $13.6 million internationally last weekend, lifting its global total to $986.3 million.
Finding Dory is now assured of being the fifth-highest-grossing animated feature of all-time. Here is the top 10 list as of Sunday, October 3:
- Frozen (Disney): $1.27 billion
- Minions (Illumination): $1.15 billion
- Toy Story 3 (Pixar): $1.06 billion
- Zootopia (Disney): $1.02 billion
- The Lion King (Disney): $987.5 million
- Finding Dory (Pixar): $986.3 million
- Despicable Me 2 (Illumination): $970.8 million
- Finding Nemo (Pixar): $936.7 million
- Shrek 2 (DreamWorks): $919.8 million
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Blue Sky): $886.7 million