‘Finding Dory’ blows animation record out of the water

This image released by Disney shows the character Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, in a scene from "Finding Dory." The Pixar sequel far-surpassed the already Ocean-sized expectations to take in $136.2 million, according to comScore estimates Sunday, June 19, 2016. (Pixar/Disney via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The forgetful blue fish of “Finding Dory” is box office gold. The Pixar sequel far-surpassed its already Ocean-sized expectations to take in $136.2 million in North American theaters, making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The 2007 film “Shrek the Third” was the previous record-holder with a $121.6 million debut.

“Finding Dory,” which comes 13 years after “Finding Nemo” hit theaters, is also now the second-largest June opening of all time. The well-reviewed film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks and played particularly well with audiences, who gave the film an A CinemaScore.

The Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson buddy comedy “Central Intelligence” also had a relatively muscular weekend, with a better-than-expected $34.5 million, putting it in second place.

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