Weekend Box Office: ‘Finding Dory’ Takes Down ‘The BFG’ and ‘Tarzan’

Independence Day Weekend

Despite three new wide releases, Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory takes top spot for third straight week, adding an estimated $41.9 million to its $372.2 million haul (through Sunday).

Meanwhile, Disney’s The BFG and Warner Bros.’ The Legends of Tarzan haven’t done well. Warner Bros. reboot of the classic character earned $38.1 million for the three-day weekend to take second place, while Steven Spielberg’s $140 million adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, The BFG opened in the fourth spot with a surprisingly low $19.6 million.

The July 1-3 weekend also brought with it the debut of Universal’s The Purge: Election Year, which had a successful opening, making $30.9 million off its modest $10 million budget.

Rounding out the top five was Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence, which earned just $16.5 million after its underwhelming debut last weekend, struggling to reach $20 million by Monday.

Here are the three-day box office estimates.

1.    Finding Dory – $41.9M in Week 3 ($372.2M total)
2.   The Legend of Tarzan – $38.1M in Week 1 ($38.1M total)
3.   The Purge: Election Year – $30.9M in Week 1 ($30.9M total)
4.   The BFG – $19.6M in Week 1 ($19.6M total)
5.   Independence Day: Resurgence – $16.5M in Week 2 ($72.7M total)
6.   Central Intelligence – $12.3M in Week 3 ($91.8M total)
7.   The Shallows – $9M in Week 2 ($35.2M total)
8.   Free State of Jones – $4.1M in Week 2 ($151.1M total)
9.   The Conjuring 2 – $3.8M in Week 4 ($95.3M total)
10. Now You See Me 2 – $2.9M in Week 4 ($58.7M total)

It looks like Disney had become their own #1 competitor.