Its Thursday earnings are higher than previous record-holder, 2015's Minions ($6.2 million), while Friday's numbers give Finding Dory the largest single-day gross for an animated film. (Toy Story 3 had the third-biggest opening night for an animated movie, T.H.R. notes, while Inside Out is in fourth place.) So it came as no surprise when projections suggested that Finding Dory, a follow-up to the animation giant's biggest commercial success to date (when adjusted for inflation), could have the genre's biggest opening weekend yet. The movie is off to a solid start at the Friday box office for a projected weekend debut in the $30 million-$34 million range.

Finding Dory, the highly anticipated sequel to the animated blockbuster Finding Nemo, swims into cinemas nationwide, including Nu Metro Menlyn Park and Woodlands in Pretoria from Thursday 16 June.

Ellen DeGeneres returns to her voice role of the forgetful fish Dory as she attempts to reunite with her family. Who are her parents? The voice cast also includes Diane Keaton, Ed O'Neill, Eugene Levy, Kaitlin Olsen, and Ty Burrell. What can she remember? Many adventures later, the under-the-sea creatures Destiny the near-sighted whale shark, Gerald the sea lion, Crush the sea turtle (voiced by director Stanton) and above all, Marlin and his son Nemo show Dory that true friends can make all the difference in the absence of family. And where did she learn to speak whale? We'll talk a lot more about box office tomorrow, for now just enjoy the following six clips from Finding Dory.

Finding Nemo's co-writer/director Andrew Stanton once again pens the screenplay and steers the action (this time with the help of Angus MacLane) ensuring that, for fans, it's a welcome addition to that fishy tale, with the same blend of humour, compassion and family-loving warmth. I'm going with three out of five for Finding Dory.

"Finding Dory" surprisingly defeats its critically acclaimed predecessor in nearly every sense.