Box Office: Finding Dory Swims Circles Around Tarzan And The Purge: Election Year


Once again, Finding Dory finds itself atop the box office. For the third consecutive weekend, the Pixar animated release amassed an estimated $41.9 million to take the top spot. Over the course of three weeks it has made $372.25 million in the U.S. and another $166 million from foreign territories.

Spots 2-4 were occupied by new releases. First we have Warner Bros. The Legend of Tarzan. Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Margot Robbie, the latest incarnation of the famed Edgar Rice Borroughs’ character opened above expectations with $38.1 million. But it also carries a budget of $180 million. So it better get good word of mouth or hope it is a big hit in Skarsgård’s native Sweden.

Taking bronze was The Purge: Election Year. In what looks to be the successor to the Paranormal Activity franchise – in that this franchise is cheap to produce – raked in $30.8 million, which is approximately $1 million more than the previous entry, The Purge: Anarchy. The subtitle “Election Year” gives way to a tongue-in-cheek satirical jab at this year’s presidential proceedings with the rise of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. The film itself is more of the same, but Frank Grillo is a pretty good action bad ass, a throwback to the action stars of the ’80s and early ’90s. He would have made an excellent Punisher if John Bernthal didn’t get the gig for Netflix’s Daredevil.

Opening in a disappointing fourth was Steven Spielberg’s The BFG with $19.5 million.

Elsewhere, Central Intelligence is creeping closer to $100 million domestic as is The Conjuring 2. As for Blake Lively vs. a Shark, The Shallows did a respectable $9 million in its second weekend to bring its total to $35.2 million.

Outside the top ten, the big story was the expansion of A24’s Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano. Expanding from three locations to 636, the so-called “farting corpse movie” made an impressive $1.4 million and finished just outside of the top ten at No. 11. Also getting a boost was The Orchard’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which made $142k at 23 locations.

On tap for the weekend look for new release The Secret Life of Pets to unseat Finding Dory and become your new #1. As for Fox’s Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, let’s see if audiences will be there for Zac Efron unlike the disappointing returns for Neighbors: Sorority Rising.

Full top 10 below.

01. Finding Dory – $41.9 Million ($372.25m)
02. The Legend of Tarzan – $38.1 Million
03. The Purge: Election Year – $30.8 Million
04. The BFG – $19.5 Million
05. Independence Day: Resurgence – $16.5 Million ($72.6m)
06. Central Intelligence – $12.3 Million ($91.7m)
07. The Shallows – $9 Million ($35.2m)
08. Free State of Jones – $4.1 Million ($15.19m)
09. The Conjuring 2 – $3.85 Million ($95.2m)
10. Now You See Me 2 – $2.95 Million ($58.6m)

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