Despite three new wide releases, Disney•Pixar‘s Finding Dory held onto first place its third weekend with another $41.9 million domestically and an estimated $50.5 million for the four-day Fourth of July box office.
Internationally, the blockbuster sequel added another $34.4 million for a global three-day weekend of $76.3 million. The domestic total is now up to $372.2 million (through Sunday) and overseas total to $166 million, for a worldwide sum of $538.2 million. The estimated $380.8 million the film will have made through Monday in North America makes it the fifth highest-grossing animated movie of all-time already domestically. When comparing the film to Finding Nemo, the 2003 release earned $380.8 million domestically and $555.9 million internationally for a worldwide total of $936.7 million.
Opening in second place was Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Legend of Tarzan with $38.1 million over the three-day period from 3,561 theaters, an average of $10,709 per theater. The four-day total for the David Yates-directed film could reach $45 million. Debuting in 19 international markets this weekend, The Legend of Tarzan grossed $18.8 million overseas on about 6,700 screens for a worldwide total of $56.9 million through Sunday. $5.9 million of the film’s four-day worldwide box office is coming from 454 IMAX screens, with 332 domestic screens contributing $4.7 million. Made for a hefty $180 million, the film received an A- CinemaScore from audiences. The Legend of Tarzan stars Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Djimon Hounsou.
Performing better than expected, The Purge: Election Year (Universal Pictures, Blumhouse) debuted in third place in North America with $30.9 million through Sunday from 2,796 theaters, an average of $11,041 per theater. Made for just $10 million, the James DeMonaco-directed film is expected to gross $34 million over the four-day holiday weekend.
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG opened in the fourth spot with a surprisingly low $19.6 million from 3,357 theaters, an average of $5,834 per theater. Starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill Hader, the Disney release received an A- CinemaScore from audiences and should earn $23.6 million over the four days. In the international territories Disney holds distribution rights, The BFG earned $3.9 million for the three days. The film cost about $140 million to make.
Dropping three spots to fifth was Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence, which added $16.5 million its second weekend, about a 60% in ticket sales from its opening weekend. The 20th Century Fox release is expected to gross about $20.1 million for the four-day frame and reach $76.3 million domestically through Monday. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Maika Monroe and Jessie Usher, the sequel cost $165 million to produce.
Sixth place belonged to Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s action-comedy Central Intelligence (New Line/Warner Bros.), which earned $12.5 million its third weekend through Sunday for a three-week total of $91.8 million. Internationally, the film has earned $30.3 million and the movie has a worldwide sum of $124.8 million so far. It is expected to earn about $15 million in North America over the four-day holiday.
Also, Blake Lively’s shark thriller The Shallows (Sony) added $9 million its second weekend in the seventh spot and has earned $35.3 million through Sunday. The film cost just $17 million to make.