– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It has begun, folks.

A film that basically flew under my radar until a month or two ago (I’ll admit it, I don’t really get excited about cartoons), but has sat atop many “Most Anticipated Film Of The Summer” lists, FINDING DORY, began its hot run last night.

Deadline is reporting that the film had a stellar $9.2 million preview showing last night, which dwarfs the $3.7 that last year’s INSIDE OUT made for Disney/Pixar on its preview night. That film ended up making $90.4 million in its opening weekend, with a final domestic haul of $356 million. So, based on that, the positive reviews, and the general buzz around the sequel to FINDING NEMO, the film is expected to have a monster weekend ahead of it.

If it matches the hype, this would add to Disney’s absolutely insane year, which includes THE JUNGLE BOOK, ZOOTOPIA, and CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Couple that with the fact that STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opened at the tail end of 2015, dominated the world well into January of 2016, and the fact that they’ve only had one dud (ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS) and the Mouse House is sitting really pretty right now.

But speaking of duds, this year has been a bit worrisome for Tinseltown’s bank accounts. A string of under-performers have led to a so-so year, financially speaking. Aside from ALICE, there’s the domestic disappointments of big budget tentpoles like WARCRAFT, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, and BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE that have this year trailing 2015.

Seems like FINDING DORY will live up to its potential, and possibly surpass it. Alongside it, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE is expected to have a fairly impressive weekend as well. Seems like a good weekend to get out to the movies.

I’m taking the wife and kids to catch DORY later today. What do you plan on catching this weekend?

SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.