Over the weekend, Finding Dory counted takings of an additional $20.3 million at the US box office, breaking records at a jaw-dropping rate.
Thirteen years since she vowed to "just keep swimming," our favorite little blue-tang fish has decidedly swum all the way to the top and has promptly landed herself in first place; the Disney/Pixar production has just become the top-grossing film of 2016 on the domestic market, blasting Captain America: Civil War right out of the water. As it stands, according to Box Office Mojo, Finding Dory has banked $422.5 million in comparison to the superhero flick's $406 million, signaling a solid resurgence of big-budget animated projects.
And although these figures might only reflect what's happening on US soil and we must remember that Finding Dory has a long way to go before it secures its spot as the highest grossing animated movie of all time (Shrek 2 with $441 million currently holds that spot), it appears that Disney's goal of world domination continues.
Although we are only halfway through 2016, it's already proving to be quite the staggering year for the House of Mouse. Yet, it's not the only film studio that's really raking in the dollar this year. 2016 has seen some pretty epic releases and the domestic market has been booming with a kaleidoscope of movies spanning a variety of genres. Here are are the highest grossing movies of 2016 reigning the US box office after Finding Dory and Civil War:
Total gross: $363 million
Wade Wilson's shenanigans come in promptly at third place, after exploding onto our screens back in February and smashing expectations and records to smithereens. It catapulted Ryan Reynolds to a position as one of our favorite superhero personalities and left us gagging for even more Deadpool action — thankfully, a sequel is in the works.
2. The Jungle Book
Total gross: $360 million
A menagerie of legendary actors came together to bring to life Rudyard Kipling's epic story about a little boy's adventures in the perilous jungle. The cast was perfect, the visuals were stunning and the story as vibrant as ever — no wonder then that Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book comes in as one of the highest grossing movies in 2016 so far.
Total gross: $341 million
Another solid proof that animation is really working its magic on domestic audiences this year is the success story of Zootopia. The state-of-the-art blockbuster appealed to fans of all ages, bringing to life the modern mammal metropolis with great wit, side-splitting hilarity and top visual ingenuity — all coming together with a sprinkling of clever Easter Eggs, of course. Considering its box office figures, ultimately, Disney's offering really proved that it was old-fashioned story-telling at its best.
4. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Total gross: $330 million
Granted, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did receive its fair share of unwelcome opinion following its release. However, one thing did remain clear: The stellar box office figures meant that critics really couldn't argue against loyal fan opinion. That's why Zack Snyder's superhero blockbuster rolls into an impressive 6th spot, cementing its position as one of the most successful movies of the year.
5. X-Men: Apocalypse
Total gross: $154 million
Following the critically acclaimed global smash that was X-Men: Days of Future Past, it was no surprise that the world went nuts for some more fast-paced mutant action in X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. Shortly after its release, it swooped right in to form the top list of the highest grossing movies in the US this year.
What is your favorite movie of 2016 so far?
[Source: Box Office Mojo]