There's a 'Finding Dory' End Credits Scene - Get the Spoilers!

Doug Creutz, an analyst at Cowen & Co., estimated that of the 15 sequels released this year, on average they will finish down 37 percent in nominal box office returns from their predecessor film.

"Blue hippos are not a well fish to put in a home aquarium and it's just because it's hard to match the ocean, and you can't get the natural environment in your reef tanks,"Petco's Braxton Squires said about the famed "Finding Dory" lead star".

That film starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter flopped at the box office, opening to only $34.2 million over the Memorial Day weekend.

Such a launch also positions "Dory" to likely become the latest Disney animated film to top the billion-dollar threshold globally, joining 2013's "Frozen" ($1.28 billion), 2010's "Toy Story 3" ($1.06 billion) and this year's "Zootopia" ($1.01 billion).

"These Pixar folk are just so consistent more than anything ... focusing on quality and great storytelling", said Dave Hollis, Disney's distribution chief.

And the film "Warcraft" took a 73 percent drop to round out the top five, with $6.5 million.

Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, in a scene from "Finding Dory".

Finding Dory lends life to the rather sedentary North American box office, which has gone sluggish despite the release of high-profile movies like Alice Through the Looking Glass and Warcraft. The hugely successful computer-generated animation grossed $US70 million ($94 million) in the United States at the time of its opening weekend in 2003.

It's no surprise then that Nemo's long-awaited sequel Finding Dory has smashed a box office record after just one weekend of its United States release.

Pixar was bought by Disney in 2006, and Finding Dory's impressive receipts add to a good year for Disney.

Finding Dory also scored with critics, receiving a 95% positive critical rating on the review aggregation site RottenTomatoes.com, and getting an A from audiences at CinemaScore. In fact, the evening showings of Finding Dory saw double the amount of business of Pixar's Inside Out, which they attribute to older audiences showing up.

As of now, "Finding Dory" has debuted in 32% of the worldwide markets with $50 million, making a global total of $186.2 million, including the domestic sales. Frozen took the crown recently when it made an estimated $347.8 million.

  • Gina Adkins