After posting the biggest opening of all-time for an animated movie with $135.06M, the 17th Disney/Pixar title raked in an estimated $19.9M yesterday according to early morning industry reports. That figure is easily the best Monday for a Disney/Pixar movie beating 2010’s Toy Story 3‘s $15.6M, and the best Monday in June for a feature toon. Among all animated movies, Dory hooked the second best Monday ever after DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek 2 which cashed in $23.4M on Memorial Day 2004. Through four days, Finding Dory counts just under $155M at the domestic B.O. The film at 4,305 theaters is the widest Pixar release ever.
Eighty-seven percent of K-12 schools were off on summer break yesterday with another 96% colleges off, making it a spectacular weekday night at the movies. That was pretty obvious standing on line at the movies last night. At a Regal Edwards cinema 30 minutes north of Los Angeles in Valencia, CA, there was literally a 10-minute wait to buy tickets, and an even longer line at concessions. Depending on where you lived in the U.S., people wanted to escape to the cooling atmosphere of a movie theater, whether it was 100-degree-plus temperatures in the Los Angeles environs and record-setting heat throughout the southwest.
Warner Bros./New Line/Universal’s Central Intelligence filed second yesterday with an estimated $4M at 3,508 locations, taking its four-day take to $39.5M. WB/New Line also owned third with The Conjuring 2 which made $2.2M at 3,356 for an 11-day haul of $73.3M.