Weekend Box Office: 'Finding Dory' Still Number 1

Finding Dory has been dominating the box office since its release and the holiday weekend was no exception.

Rounding out the top five box office earners is "Independence Day: Resurgence" bringing in an estimated total of $16.5 million its second weekend out. The three-day cume comes in at $19.6 million and the four-day estimate is only $23.6 million.

Finding Dory held firm at the top of the USA box office despite competition from The BFG and The Legend of Tarzan.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow's The Legend of Tarzan is holding at No. 2 with a three-day gross of $38.1 million from 3,561 theaters and estimated four-day gross of $44 million.

On the flip side, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's dream-bottling giant was largely loved by critics, receiving solid reviews, but sadly failed to triumph come its debut. Most expected The BFG with its origins and the Spielberg name to do well but it drew in just $20 million for its opening on a $140 million budget, earning it a fourth place position. It generated an A- Cinemascore that indicates the tentpole, starring Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie, may have some staying power in coming weeks.

"We're in a much better place today than we thought we were going to be", said Jeff Goldstein, head of distribution for Warner Bros. And "The BFG" opened in fourth place, with a $19.6 million gross.

The Pixar and Disney film has now netted $272.2 million (GBP205 million) in America and $538.2 million (GBP405.5 million) overseas, tying with Finding Nemo as the fifth biggest animated movie of all time.

The diverse slate of releases didn't produce a runaway hit, but overall business was up in theaters from recent July 4th weekends, partially since the holiday fell on a Monday this year. I'm gonna say Election Year will probably finish around $70 million, extremely good for its tiny 10 million budget.

"'The Purge: Election Year' is one of the few sequels that's not family-oriented or based on a comic book that will outperform the last film in the series", said Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution.

Ellen DeGeneres, reigning queen of daytime TV, has extended her concurrent reign as box office queen. Sequel The Purge: Anarchy debuted to $29.8 million in late July 2014, while The Purge opened to an impressive $35.1 million in June 2013. The follow-up to the 1996 blockbuster alien invasion thriller has made $76.4 million domestically.

We'll see which one is top dog in next week's "Box Office Top 3".

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