The box-office results are in, showing a busy 4th of July holiday weekend for movie-theaters across the country. This week moviegoers could choose between the Disney and Spielberg collab “The BFG,” a new chapter in “The Purge” franchise, or “The Legend of Tarzan” film.
Even with three high-profile films entering cinemas this weekend, Disney’s “Finding Dory” has managed to reach the top-spot for the third week in a row. The animated hit remained in 4,305 locations, pulling in another $42M at the box-office. The film has now earned over $372M domestically, all in just three-weeks. “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, “The Legend of Tarzan” did the best overall. The action-adventure came in at number-two on the box-office charts, earning $38.1M across 3,561 locations. “The Legend of Tarzan” was directed by David Yates, the screenplay was written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens and Margot Robbie.
In a close third-place was another new release, “The Purge: Election Year,” from Universal Pictures. The third installment to the popular franchise debuted with $30.9M overall, opening across 2,796 over the holiday weekend. “The Purge: Election Year” was written and directed by James DeMonaco, the film stars Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell and Mykelti Williamson.
In what has to be a disappointing fourth-place debut was Disney’s “The BFG” with just $19.6M overall. The film came in fourth-place on the domestic charts, despite opening across 3,357 locations across the country. “The BFG” was directed by Steven Spielberg, working off a screenplay written by Melissa Mathison. The original story was written by Roald Dahl. The film stars Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Penelope Wilton.
Dropping from second to fifth-place this week was “Independence Day: Resurgence” from Fox. The long-awaited sequel earned an additional $16.5M at the domestic box-office this weekend, remaining in 4,091 locations. The film has now earned $72.6M domestically, it has been in theaters for two-weeks. “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.
These three new releases will also have a bit of breathing-room next weekend as well, since there are only two major releases hitting theaters. On the schedule are the comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” and the animated comedy “The Secret Life of Pets.”