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Finding Dory tops July 4 weekend in US ahead of Tarzan and The BFG

Finding Dory

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY-Pixar’s Finding Dory has remained on top of the US box office for a third weekend with another $41.9 million.

In doing so, it beat off competition from high-profile, big-budget new releases The Legend of Tarzan, from Harry Potter director David Yates, and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. Both of those new releases were expected to give the summer box office a boost over the Independence Day weekend but failed to perform as well as expected.

If Finding Dory continues to perform as well as it does over the four-day holiday in the US, the film will have taken over $50 million for the weekend. It has already reached a US total of $272.2 million, while globally it has now earned $538.2 million, tying with Finding Nemo to rank as the fifth animated title of all time, not accounting for inflation.

Finding Dory‘s commanding performance undoubtedly made life even more difficult for Spielberg’s adaptation of Road Dahl’s The BFG. But the film still looks set to become one of the summer’s most surprising bombs.

Costing an estimated $140 million to make, the family film has taken $19.6 million for the three-day weekend, with its four-day total projected to be just $23.6 million – small potatoes for a Spielberg blockbuster (this was the directing genius behind box office hits Jaws, ET and Raiders of the Lost Ark after all).

The film struggled to fourth spot at the box office as a result.

In second place, was Warner Bros’ latest franchise hopeful The Legend of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie. The film took $38.1 million for the three-day weekend, with an estimated four-day total of $44 million.

And while that’s better than tracking had anticipated going into the weekend, it’s still a disappointing return for a film that boasts a $180 million production budget.

The only other box office winner besides Finding Dory for what is traditionally viewed as a big cinema going weekend in the US was horror-thriller three-quell The Purge: Election Year.

Starring Frank Grillo and directed by James DeMonaco, Election Year took an impressive $30.9 million for an estimated four-day haul of $34 million-plus – a massive return given its $10 million production costs.

The film was buoyed by good reviews and even better word of mouth, making The Purge franchise one of the most profitable in horror movie history.

What’s more, the figure enabled it to take third spot, one place ahead of Spielberg’s BFG.

Rounding out the US top five was Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence, which grossed $16.5 million for the three days (a 60% decline from opening weekend). The long-in-the-making sequel is projected to gross $20.1 million for the four days, putting its US tally at $76.3 million through Monday.

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