Weekend box office: BFG and Tarzan can’t dethrone Finding Dory

FINDING DORY continued its domination at the weekend box office, this time beating out three newcomers over the holiday weekend.  Of course, it was greatly helped by the lack of competition, even though the Fourth of July is traditionally a jam packed weekend for Hollywood.  The biggest challenger was THE LEGEND OF TARZAN and some might say a $36 million opening would be disappointing, but I’m extremely impressed it managed to bring that in.  This is a movie that I thought WB had given up on, but their latest marketing efforts seemed to have helped.  We also got another installment in the Purge series and the third film made a nice showing, coming in third place.  Finally, there’s THE BFG from Steven Spielberg, which barely came in fourth place.  Given Spielberg’s resume, you can’t help but be disappointed with that weak of an opening on the Fourth of July, but I’m not sure if this was his fault or if it was the story.  Critic reactions seemed to have been mixed.

Next week should belong to THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, which should take away most of the audience from FINDING DORY and probably take the top spot.  It will be challenged by MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, which might have some moments, but I can’t imagine its audience will be large enough to make a challenge at the box office.  It’s yet another movie that probably would have done better with an early spring or late summer release, but given how bad this summer has been for movies, I think that could be said for just about everything.  Note: the numbers below are for the three day weekend and will be updated as they become final.

1. Finding Dory $44.5m

2. The Legend of Tarzan $36.8m

3. The Purge: Election Day $33.2m

4. The BFG $20.6m

5. Independence Day: Resurgence $16.3m

6. Central Intelligence $12.6m

7. The Shallows $11.3m

8. Free State of Jones $4.1m

9. The Conjuring 2 $3.8m

10. Now You See Me 2 $3m

(Deadline)

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