Finding Dory cannot be beat at the box office. Pixar’s forgetful fish triumphed for the third weekend in a row, besting newcomers The Legend of Tarzan, The BFG, and The Purge: Election Year. According to Deadline, the film “rose from $13.4M on Friday to an estimated $14.7M on Saturday in what will be a $41.9M three-day and $50.5M four-day. By next week, Dory will overtake Toy Story 3 ($415M) as the highest grossing Pixar movie of all-time at the domestic box office.” However, Dory will need to just keep swimming if she hopes to take the record of highest grossing Disney animated film (The Lion King with $422.8M) and the highest-grossing animated film of all-time, Shrek 2 ($441.2M) Those are milestones that are well within reach.
Second place went to The Legend of Tarzan, which outperformed expectations and came in with a $38.1M three-day and a $43M-$44M four-day. The film earned an A- CinemaScore from moviegoers, and it will be interesting to see if the film, which cost $180 million, has legs in the weeks ahead. It will also be interesting to see how the film performs in China.
Moving on, The Purge: Election Year nabbed the third place slot, and also outperformed expectations by raking in “$30.9M three-day opening — second best opening in the series behind 2013’s The Purge’s $34M — and a four-day of $34M.” With an estimated production cost of $10 million, Election Year has already made back its budget before P&A.
The biggest flop of the weekend goes to The BFG, which came in fourth place. The film only pulled in a three-day opening of $19.6M and is expected to make $23.6M over the holiday weekend. That’s an abysmal opener for someone of Steven Spielberg’s pedigree and with a production cost of $140M, this is going to be a big write-off for Disney.
Here’s the Top 10 for the weekend.
|2.||The Legend of Tarzan
|3.||The Purge: Election Year
|5.||Independence Day: Resurgence
|8.||Free State of Jones
|9.||The Conjuring 2
|10.||Now You See Me 2