Dory’s Still in the Driver’s Seat

Was a “staycation” a part of your holiday weekend, with a trip to your local movie theater offering an escape from the heat (and the traffic?)

Finding Dory had the largest part of the cinematic road to herself this weekend, finding her box-office accommodations to be both sweet and successful as she created the biggest splash during the all-American weekend. The Legend of Tarzan brought the wild outdoors to the big screen, proving that jungle upbringings can result in one crowd-pleasing story. It was all legal for The Purge: Election Year as those questionable characters were caught rubbing elbows with the political type (who clearly prefer their candidates creepy). A bit of success wasn’t going to the big giant head of Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, who found nice guys (or in this case, giants) don’t always finish last (despite being far from first). Independence Day: Resurgence, meanwhile, was still working at blending science fiction with sure-fire summer hit.

It was a big-budget weekend, where Dory was still the biggest darling, a legend returned to his natural, cinematic habitat, a giant outcast was making friends in all the right places, audiences elected an eerie tale and earth was declaring its independence from odd invasions.

Which of our patriotic tales got your vote this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:

  1. Finding Dory $41.9 million.
  2. The Legend of Tarzan $38.1million.
  3. The Purge: Election Year $30.9 million.
  4. The BFG $19.6 million.
  5. Independence Day: Resurgence $16.5 million.
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