LOS ANGELES, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Disney and Pixar's "Finding Dory" swept over the North American box office and set a new record for animated film in Father's Day weekend.
Walt Disney Studios found more box office gold under the sea this weekend, as the long-awaited sequel to the beloved new classic "Finding Nemo" , "Finding Dory'' opened with an estimated 136.2 million U.S. dollars from 4,305 theaters for a 31,634 dollars per theater average.
"Finding Dory" earned a solid 54.9 million dollars on opening day Friday. Both of its opening day revenue and first weekend gross establish new records among any animated film in history. The opening weekend total of "Finding Dory" served as a 93.8 percent higher over its predecessor "Finding Nemo" 's 70.2 million dollars opening back in 2003.
The sequel film received an "A" from first-night moviegoers on CinemaScore and got a as high as 95 percent positive recommendation from the critics on RottenTomatoes. The audience going to cinema for "Finding Dory" was split into 45 percent mail vs. 55 percent female. The age breakdown saw 65 percent of the audience being made up by families and 32 percent of the overall audience made up of children 12 and under.
"Finding Dory" leads the weekend box office finds Disney atop this chart for the eleventh time this year.
In the second place, the action-comedy "Central Intelligence" also has a solid opening with 34.5 million dollars from 3,508 locations.
Starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, "Central Intelligence" , the co-production between Warner Bros. and Universal, is delivering on its star-led appeal. The film got a very healthy "A-" CinemaScore to go along with a 66 percent from critics.
Landing in third place, "The Conjuring 2" was off 61.5 percent from last week to 15.6 million dollars in its second weekend of showing.
Rounding out the top 10 movies in Canada and the United States were "Now You See Me 2" (9.7 million dollars), "Warcraft" (6.5 million), "X-Men: Apocalypse" (5.2 million), "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (5.2 million), "Me Before You" (4.2 million), "Alice Through The Looking Glass" (3.6 million) and "Captain America: Civil War" (2.3 million).