Box Office: 'Finding Dory' Drowns Out Disappointing 'Independence Day: Resurgence'
By Dave McNary
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Finding Dory" showed plenty of box office staying power with $73.2 million in an otherwise modest weekend at the North America box office as "Independence Day: Resurgence" invaded with a disappointing $41.6 million.
A week after energizing the summer season, Disney/Pixar's "Finding Dory" declined only 46% and generated the eighth-highest second weekend of all time, edging "Captain America: Civil War." It's also the best second weekend for an animated title.
"Finding Dory," the sequel to 2003's "Finding Nemo," is already the sixth-highest domestic grosser of 2016 after ten days with $285.6 million -- less than $100 million short of the final total for "Nemo."
Fox's "Independence Day: Resurgence" finished about 20% below recent forecasts, which had pegged the sequel to match the $50 million opening weekend from the 1996 original. It edged "Kung Fu Panda 2" as the eighth-largest opening of 2016.
"Resurgence" brought back the same fearsome aliens from the original, again bent on destroying the Earth. Will Smith, who broke out in the original, did not return to battle the invaders although Bill Pullman, Vivica Fox and Jeff Goldblum reprised their characters with newcomers Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher coming on board.
Attendees were 58% male with 64% over 25. "Resurgence" generated a B Cinemascore.
Roland Emmerich returned to the director's chair to helm the $165 million tentpole, which will require strong performances from international markets to become profitable. "Resurgence" took in $102 million from 57 markets in a day-and-date rollout for much of the world.
Blake Lively's shark tale "The Shallows" performed above forecasts with a $16.7 million launch for Sony while Matthew McConaughey's historical drama "Free State of Jones" started quietly with $7.8 million for STX. Continued...