Box Office: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Disappoints, ‘Finding Dory’ Soars
One of the most anticipated sequels of this year proved to be a disappointment at the box office, as Independence Day: Resurgence opened to an underwhelming $41.6 million. However, this is yet another case of an American blockbuster being aided considerably by overseas sales, particularly China. Internationally, Independence Day: Resurgence earned $102.1 million for a worldwide opening of $143.7 million. If it continues to do well overseas, while simply remaining respectable in North America, then the movie should turn a profit and justify the intended sequel. With that said, Resurgence wasn’t this weekend’s only newcomer.
The Shallows stunned this weekend, earning a better-than-expected $16.7 million. While this was only enough to place the shark thriller at No. 4, The Shallows has earned a ten-day total of $69.3 million in North America, which is pretty impressive for a film facing competition from bigger names, whether in the form of franchises, sequels, or big-name stars. Unfortunately, the news wasn’t nearly as good for Matthew McConaughey, whose Free State of Jones opened to a sad $7.8 million. The true story of a Confederate medic who leads a slave uprising has proven to be McConaughey’s worst opening in years, certainly since his Renaissance as an Academy Award-winning actor. Still, the film earned just enough for a fifth-place finish. Perhaps it might have done slightly better during awards season in the fall, but it’s hard to know, particularly with the similarly-themed Birth of a Nation from writer/director/star Nate Parker, which is currently considered the frontrunner for next year’s Best Picture Oscar. Maybe it would have been an uphill battle for Free State of Jones no matter what. Of course, even with a stronger opening, the movie wouldn’t have stood any chance against last week’s champ.
Finding Dory remains the No. 1 film in America with a strong $73.2 million showing. It also brought in a solid $37.3 million from China. However, the Disney/Pixar mega-hit wasn’t the only returnee to perform well this weekend, as Central Intelligence continues to impress in its second weekend, earning $18.4 million to land at No. 3, behind Independence Day: Resurgence.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 06/27/2016
1. Finding Dory ($73.2 million)
2. Independence Day: Resurgence ($41.6 million)
3. Central Intelligence ($18.4 million)
4. The Shallows ($16.7 million)
5. Free State of Jones ($7.8 million)
6. The Conjuring 2 ($7.7 million)
7. Now You See Me 2 ($5.7 million)
8. X-Men: Apocalypse ($2.5 million)
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ($2.4 million)
10. Alice Through the Looking Glass ($2.1 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
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