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"Finding Dory" Had a Record-Shattering Weekend

Disney execs were probably cheering this weekend at the numbers for the studio's latest huge premiere, "Finding Dory," which easily swam its way to a new box-office record. Who knew a little fish could pack such a big punch at the box office? Well, maybe a few people had an inkling.

The movie had already enjoyed the biggest opening day for any animated film in history, bolstering predictions that it could set an opening-weekend record — and over the following couple days it easily did just that, ringing in the biggest opening weekend ever for an animated movie.

"Variety" reports that Ellen DeGeneres's Dory raked in $136.2 million on her premiere weekend — swimming right on past the previous record holder, "Shrek the Third," which brought in $121.6 million back in 2007. Naturally, Dory also won the box office in general this weekend; "Central Intelligence" came in second with $34.5 million.

For those counting, this marks the 11th weekend Disney has won at the box office. Even without "Finding Dory," the Mouse is already behind this year’s three top grossing movies so far: "Zootopia," "Captain America: Civil War," and Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book." Considering first week's performance of "Finding Dory," Disney might nab yet another top spot. Are we approaching an epoch in which Disney/Lucasfilm/Marvel/Pixar churn out all of the year’s blockbusters? O.K., probably not — but this year is yet another reminder to never underestimate Disney magic.

Part of the winning strategy of "Finding Dory" is that it offers something for everyone: its audience is pretty evenly split across gender lines, at 55 percent female and 45 percent male. Families love it, making up 65 percent of its viewership. Also, it doesn’t hurt to be the follow-up to Pixar's biggest commercial success to date (when adjusted for inflation).

Next up, all eyes will be on "The BFG," Steven Spielberg's Disney directorial debut. We’ll see if Spielberg and titular star Mark Rylance can ride this wave toward yet another win for the House of Mouse.

Get to know DeGeneres by watching her exclusive MAKERS story in the video player above.

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Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures