The highest grossing movie of the summer and 2016 to date, Finding Dory, is making a Labor Day weekend expansion back into 2,075 theaters on Friday. The Andrew Stanton-Angus MacLane movie is currently playing in 345 venues and since June 17 has racked up $479.6M. Dory is also the highest grossing animated feature at the domestic B.O. Note, Disney put Finding Nemo back in wide release over Labor Day weekend at the end of the summer when it was released 13 years ago. Worldwide, Dory counts $930.8M.
Dory‘s wide break is much larger than Nemo‘s in regards to theater count. Nemo moved from 838 sites to 1,053 and grossed an extra $2.3M over the summer-end four-day holiday period for a domestic cume of $332.7M. Following Labor Day, Nemo grossed another $7M in under 1,000 theaters, ending its initial run at $339.7M. A 2012 3D re-release brought Nemo another $41.1M raising it lifetime domestic gross to $380.8M.
$4.3 Billion Summer, +3% From 2015, To Go Out With A Whimper Over Labor Day - Box Office Preview
Disney is also releasing its final DreamWorks live action title this Friday, the Michael Fassbender-Alicia Vikander-Rachel Weisz weepy The Light Between Oceans. The Derek Cianfrance film is premiering at the Venice Film Festival tomorrow night and will debut in 1,500 venues stateside. It is expected to make $6M-$9M over four days.
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