This week’s Box Office Results includes several major releases. Moviegoers could choose from the thriller “The Shallows,” the action-sequel “Independence Day 2” and the historical drama “Free State of Jones”. Also releasing this week, at the limited box-office, were the films “The Neon Demon” and “Swiss Army Man,” but all of these new releases had to compete against Disney’s summer-hit “Finding Dory,” now in its second week in theaters.
Despite all of these new films hitting local theaters, Disney’s “Finding Dory” remained at number-one this week with an amazing $73.2M domestic haul. The film remained in 4,305 locations and has now earned over $286.5M in just two-weeks since its premiere in theaters. “Finding Dory” was directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane. The screenplay for the sequel was written by Stanton, who also wrote the original story. The film stars the voice-talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Bill Hader and Sigourney Weaver.
Of the new releases, “Independence Day: Resurgence” from FOX ranked the highest on the box-office charts. The film earned $41.6M across 4,068 locations this weekend, but that was only enough to take second-place overall. “Independence Day 2” was directed by Roland Emmerich, the screenplay was written by Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods. Starring in the film are Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman.
Coming in at number-three was the action-comedy from Warner Bros. called “Central Intelligence,” taking in $18.4M across 3,508 locations. The film, now in its second week in theaters, has made over $69.3M and counting. “Central Intelligence” was directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, working off a screenplay written by Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The comedy stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Danielle Nicolet.
Sony Pictures’ new thriller “The Shallows” earned $16.7M this weekend, a robust opening considering the competition. The film debuted across 2,962 locations. “The Shallows” was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, working off a script written by Anthony Jaswinski. The film stars Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada and Brett Cullen.
Rounding-out the top-five this week was another new release, STX’s “Free State of Jones.” The new drama earned $7.8M over the weekend to take fifth-place overall on the charts. The film opened across 2,815 locations. “Free State of Jones” was directed by Gary Ross, the script was written by Ross and Leonard Hartman. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is “The Neon Demon.” The film earned $607K across 783 locations, taking the top-spot across the limited box-office in gross ticket-sales. “The Neon Demon” was written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, the film stars Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves.
“Swiss Army Man” from A24 made more money per-theater, earning $114K across only 3 locations this weekend. “Swiss Army Man” was written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. The film stars Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.