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'Finding Dory' sets animated box office record with $9.2 million Thursday

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Finding Dory is already making a splash at the box office.

Disney’s Finding Nemo sequel reeled in $9.2 million in Thursday night previews, setting a new record for the biggest animated start in box office history. The Finding Dory Thursday gross easily surpasses the previous animated record-holders: Minions ($6.2 million), Despicable Me 2 ($4.7 million), Toy Story 3 ($4 million), and Inside Out ($3.7 million).

If Dory manages to just keep swimming through the weekend, it could be headed for a record-breaking opening. Early box office predictions indicate that Finding Dory should cross $100 million this weekend, but these excellent Thursday numbers suggest that Dory has a shot at challenging Shrek the Third($121.6 million) and Minions ($115.7 million) to earn one of the biggest animated openings in box office history, unadjusted for inflation.

The big Dory opening is also just the latest Disney hit in a string of box office successes. The studio currently boasts the three biggest global movies of 2016: Captain America: Civil War ($1.14 billion worldwide), Zootopia ($1.01 billion), and The Jungle Book ($912 million).

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