Initial Reaction: Video Review - FINDING DORY & CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

Disney continues to do big business this year as their annual collaboration with Pixar has dominated the box office this weekend and broke a handful of records in the process. Easily topping the charts this weekend, Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo which opened with $70.2 million that summer. Bringing in an estimated $136.1 million this weekend it's an opening comparable to the 90+% bumps both sequels in the Toy Story franchise saw over their predecessors. Besides this great news for the mouse house is the fact Finding Dory just broke the record for largest opening weekend for an animated feature, the largest single day and opening day for an animated film with its opening day total of $54.9 million, as well as the largest per theater average for a wide opening animated release, topping Shrek the Third's $29,507 average after it opened to a then record of $121.6 million from 4,122 theaters. It can only be imagined that Dory will continue to do big business throughout the summer though it does have a few competitors in the animated market come July with the debut of Illumination and Universal's The Secret Life of Pets on the 8th as well as another Ice Age installment due on the 22nd. Though it is unlikely either of these will do much damage to the business Dory will do over the next three weeks Pets, which also features the voice work of Albert Brooks alongside the like of Louis C.K., Jenny Slate, and Kevin Hart,  certainly has the potential to break out big this year. Speaking of Hart, his comedic collaboration with The Rock, Central Intelligence, didn't do too shabby this weekend either. With an estimated $34.5 million the broad comedy is off to a solid start as it also received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences that, when combined with its generally positive reviews, could suggest strong legs for the comedy pushing it over $100 million domestically. This is all to say, we have video reviews for both big releases this past weekend and would love for you to hit the jump and give them a look. Be sure to subscribe to our channel as well as we have a new review (or reviews) each week! Appreciate the support.

You can also read my full Finding Dory review here.

You can also read my full Central Intelligence review here.

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