'Finding Dory' Tops Fourth of July Four-Day Weekend Box Office

The Disney animation stays atop box office after the long weekend, knocking down three new releases, 'The Legend of Tarzan', 'The Purge: Election Year' and 'The BFG'.

AceShowbiz - "Finding Dory" comes out unchallenged at box office after Independence Day four-day weekend. The Disney animation still holds its first position with $50.2 million after earning $41.4 million during the three-day weekend, bringing its domestic total to $380.5 million so far.

The Disney animation becomes the second highest-grossing film of the year behind "Captain America: Civil War" ($405.6 million). The sequel to "Finding Nemo" also performs well overseas, earning $538.2 million.

"Without a film like this generating this kind of revenue and attention, the summer box office would be hurting a little bit," says comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. He adds, "Since 'Dory' was released, there have been multiple high-profile films that haven't been able to knock 'Dory' off her wave. It just shows the power of the brand and a great movie with appeal to kids and adults."

"The Legend of Tarzan" lands on the runner-up spot and performs better than expected on its first weekend with $45.6 million. It defies the projection of a disappointing $30 million opening. However, the film which earned an A- CinemaScore from moviegoers still has a long way to go to cover its $180 million budget.

Landing on the third place is low-budget thriller "The Purge: Election Year" which also made its debut in U.S. theaters this weekend with $34.8 million. Its two previous films, "The Purge" (2013) and "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014), debuted to $34.1 million and $29.8 million respectively.

The other spots in the top five belong to another newcomer "The BFG" and "Independence Day: Resurgence". The animated film debuts in the fourth place with $22.3 million. As for the sci-fi action starring Liam Hemsworth, it drops three places to number five with $20.2 million after making its debut last weekend.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for July 1-4:

  1. "Finding Dory" - $50.2 million
  2. "The Legend of Tarzan" - $45.6 million
  3. "The Purge: Election Year" - $34.8 million
  4. "The BFG" - $22.3 million
  5. "Independence Day: Resurgence" - $20.2 million
  6. "Central Intelligence" - $15 million
  7. "The Shallows" - $10.4 million
  8. "Free State of Jones" - $5.1 million
  9. "The Conjuring 2" - $4.6 million
  10. "Now You See Me 2" - $3.6 million

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