Friday Box Office: ‘The Purge’ and ‘Legend of Tarzan’ Outpace Expectations

     July 2, 2016


The Friday box office numbers have arrived, and as expected, Finding Dory is performing (ahem) swimmingly. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie pulled in an estimated $13.4 million on Friday looking at a four-day right around $52 million. That would bring the Pixar’s film domestic total to almost $400 million in three weeks and over $500 million worldwide.

Of course, everyone expected Dory to be a moneymaker; the question was how much. What is unexpected this weekend are the higher than predicted numbers for The Purge: Election Year and The Legend of Tarzan. The Purge raked in “$14.47 million on Friday and is now looking at a three-day weekend around $33 million and a four-day that could finish right around $37 million.” Additionally, it has the highest CinemaScore of any Purge film to date, coming in at a respectable B+. (The Purge had a “C” while Anarchy had a “B”).


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The Legend of Tarzan is also impressing at the box office. The movie made $14 million on Friday and is now looking at a four-day weekend that could come in as high as $45 million. That’s not bad considering the lackluster reviews or that Alexander Skarsgard isn’t exactly a household name. It also received an A- CinemaScore. However, the $45 million opening isn’t much when you look at $180 million price tag, so the film will definitely need some overseas help.

The film that’s flopping this weekend is Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. Sadly, the movie only made $7 million on Friday and is looking at only about $23 million for the four-day weekend. That’s on par with its poor tracking, and it’s poised to be one of the biggest flops of Spielberg’s career with a budget of $140 million. It’s a shame because it’s quite a charming picture, and one that deserves to be seen on the big screen.

We’ll have the weekend totals for you tomorrow.


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