Nemo Sets Yet Another High-Water Mark

Soon the bad newspaper and TV news puns about swimming, water and fishes will abate when Disney/Pixar’s mega-hit Finding Nemo finally ends its theatrical run and award season 2004 closes out in February at the Oscars. But not today. For the film has achieved yet another record.

Nemo, the little fish that could, is set to top $500 million in overseas box office this weekend, making it the all-time champ for an animated film. It opens today in its final foreign territory, Turkey. When it crosses the half-billion dollar line, Nemo will become just the ninth film of any kind in Hollywood history to do that. In doing so it will knock another Disney film from its championship animated perch–The Lion King (which grossed $455 million overseas).

Nemo is the top grosser in a number of key markets–Japan ($89.2 million), the United Kingdom ($63 million) and France ($62 million). Other top animated films in the overseas market–all Disney product–are Aladdin ($287 million), Tarzan ($278 million) and Monsters, Inc. ($268 million). Finding Nemo is also one of top contenders in the Golden Globe race this Sunday. The film is one of the five films nominated in the Best Picture, Comedy or Musical category.