By Lindsey Bahr, AP Film Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The forgetful blue fish of "Finding Dory" is box office gold. The Pixar sequel far-surpassed its already Ocean-sized expectations to take in $136.2 million in North American theaters, making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The 2007 film "Shrek the Third" was the previous record-holder with a $121.6 million debut.

"Finding Dory," which comes 13 years after "Finding Nemo" hit theaters, is also now the second-largest June opening of all time. The well-reviewed film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks and played particularly well with audiences, who gave the film an A CinemaScore.

The Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson buddy comedy "Central Intelligence" also had a relatively muscular weekend, with a better-than-expected $34.5 million, putting it in second place.
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Finding Dory
PG2016
Based on 48 critics

Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or... Read More

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Central Intelligence
PG-132016
Based on 35 critics

Bullied as a teen for being overweight, Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson) shows up to his high school reunion... Read More

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