July 4th Box Office Weekend: ‘Finding Dory’ Beats ‘Tarzan’ and ‘Purge 3’

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Alexander Skarsgard in ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ (Photo by Jonathan Olley © Warner Bros Entertainment)
Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory remained unstoppable, swimming along in first place at the North American box office for the four-day 4th of July holiday weekend. The spinoff from Finding Nemo is currently sitting at 95% fresh on RottenTomatoes and, adding in its $50 million holiday weekend take, has rung up $380 million domestically since its June 17, 2016 opening in theaters. Finding Dory‘s on pace to take over the title of biggest grossing Pixar animated film from Toy Story 3.

Warner Bros Pictures has to be happy with The Legend of Tarzan‘s opening weekend performance. The action epic starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz was predicted to open around $30 million. Instead, Tarzan swung through theaters and collected $45 million. And Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Election Year and its timely title earned the third film of the franchise an outstanding $34 million debut. Given the $10 million budget and its opening take, The Purge: Election Year won’t be the final film of the franchise.

While Disney’s Finding Dory finished on top of the box office chart, the news wasn’t as good for the latest Steven Spielberg film to enter theaters. Disney’s The BFG only managed a $22 million four-day weekend, a huge disappointment for the Spielberg movie aimed at a younger audience.

Box Office Top 10: July 1-4, 2016

  1. Finding Dory – $50,195,956
  2. The Legend of Tarzan – $45,565,000
  3. The Purge: Election Year – $34,796,220
  4. The BFG – $22,271,014
  5. Independence Day: Resurgence – $20,200,000
  6. Central Intelligence – $15,010,000
  7. The Shallows – $10,450,000
  8. Free State of Jones – $5,076,000
  9. The Conjuring 2 – $4,570,000
  10. Now You See Me 2 – $3,600,000