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Finding Dory swims past $1 billion at global box office

Finding Dory has become the fifth highest-grossing animated film in cinema history after hitting the $1 billion mark.
The sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo, directed by Andrew Stanton, features the return of comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres as forgetful Dory, the lovable Pacific blue tang who is trying to reunite with her family.
The family movie, which also stars Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, and Diane Keaton, topped the North American box office with $136.2 million (£110 million) upon its release and became the second biggest June opening of all time, behind Jurassic World. Its big box office splash topped expectations from executives at Disney and Pixar, who estimated the film would earn $100 million (£80.4 million) in its U.S. and Canadian launch.
It has since raked in $485 million (£390 million) in North America, making it the highest-grossing domestic release of 2016 to date.
Film fans worldwide have also taken the bait and flocked to see Finding Dory, helping it earn an additional $517 million (£416 million) internationally.
Finding Dory’s impressive haul makes it Pixar’s second billion-dollar earner, following in the footsteps of Toy Story 3 in 2010, while it is Disney’s 12th release to hit the box office milestone.
The original Finding Nemo just missed out on joining the billion-dollar club, earning $936.7 million (£753.1 million) worldwide.
Disney have been bringing the hits all year – three other releases in the past 12 months have also surpassed $1 billion in takings: Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Zootopia.

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