THE 4-DAY WEEKEND ACTUALS
|Film||Weekend||Opening Weekend||Current Gross|
|Finding Dory||$51.436 million||$125.060 million||$381.785 million|
|The Legend of Tarzan||$46.582 million||$46.582 million||$46.582 million|
|The Purge: Election Year||$36.139 million||$36.139 million||$36.139 million|
|The BFG||$22.716 million||$22.716 million||$22.716 million|
|Independence Day: Resurgence||$21.681 million||$41.039 million||$77.838 million|
Finding Dory did it again over the 4th of July weekend, swimming past guppies The Legend of Tarzan and The Purge: Election Year to the top of the 4-day weekend box office – the third straight week that the Pixar sequel has held the number one spot. With another $51.43 million, that’s less than a 30% drop for the follow-up to Nemo, which brings its box office total past $380 million and lands the film as the fifth highest grossing animated feature of all time. Dory faced some surprisingly stiff competition from Warner Bros.’ Tarzan which, despite the negative buzz swirling around the blockbuster’s bloated budget, managed to swing into theaters with a $46.58 million haul. The Purge: Election Year, in a nice bit of counter-programming, scared up $36.13 million – not bad for the third installment of the Universal franchise.
That means that Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG stomped into fourth place, picking up just $22.71 million against its estimated $140 million budget. Being the first time that Spielberg has directed a film for Disney, its a rather giant upset. The target audience for BFG was the younger, family-friendly demo – a demo that swallowed up by Dory and Tarzan over the weekend. Independence Day: Resurgence couldn’t pull out any real gains from its namesake holiday weekend, landing in 5th place with just $21.68 million at a 47% drop. The Kevin Hart-Dwayne Johnson comedy Central Intelligence slipped into 6th place, with about $15.4 million while Sony’s The Shallows took in $10.52 million in its second weekend.
The Matthew McConaughey starrer Free State of Jones dropped to 8th place, suffering from an ill-timed summer release and less-than-stellar reviews. The STX Entertainment release has seriously underperformed for the emerging studio. At an estimated $50 million, the Civil War drama was intended to usher in a new era of adult-oriented fare with relatively modest budgets, but with less than $20 million in box office receipts in two weeks, the studio has its work cut out for it when comes to bringing back the mid-budget movie. The Conjuring 2 added to its solid numbers, pulling in another $4.51 million for a total of $95.95 million in month. Now You See Me 2 rounded out the Top 10, making another $3.7 million magically appear as it starts to make its way out of theaters.
In a summer that has been sparse on adult-oriented comedy – Central Intelligence being one of the only standouts – this weekend will see Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates hit theaters, along with another animated family feature, The Secret Lives of Pets from Illumination – the studio behind Minions. A handful of indies will also pop up, including the buzzed about Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen.
(Source: boxoffice.com. Starred figures are estimates. Figures represent numbers at time of writing, and may have changed.)
Parker Mills | Contributor