With newcomers disappointing at the box office this weekend, the door was open for the holdovers to replicate their opening weekend success.
Coming in the top spot again is Finding Dory with $73.2 million. That's only a 45.8 percent drop from its record setting opening, illustrating that the latest from Pixar Animation Studios unsurprisingly has strong legs. As one of the best reviewed films of the summer, Dory has found the widespread appeal that many offerings this year have craved. Its current domestic total stands at $286.5 million and it's nearly at $400 million worldwide. There's a good chance it becomes Disney's latest $1 billion hit of 2016.
Debuting in second is Independence Day: Resurgence (read our review), which brought in $41.6 million in its first three days. The sequel was not done any favors by a generally negative reception, which certainly didn't sell it as something that had to be seen in theaters. It's true that certain audience members are nostalgic for the 1996 original - but that feeling only went so far in boosting the commercial prospects. As it turns out, the movies need to be fairly good in order to strike big at the box office. Resurgence joins Alice Through the Looking Glass and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows as the latest followup that crashed and burned.
Resurgence actually made less during its opening weekend domestically than the first Independence Day ($50.2 million), a startling development when one factors in 20 years of ticket price inflation and 3D premiums. The international box office has helped somewhat, as the film's global total is $143 million. Given that the production budget (which doesn't include marketing costs) was $165 million, Fox will probably get their money back, but it doesn't appear as if the profits will be all that substantial. Whether or not Independence Day 3 happens remains to be seen.
Action/comedy Central Intelligence comes in third this week with $18.3 million, a respectable 48.3 percent drop from its start. To date, the Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart vehicle has made $69.3 million domestically.
Opening in fourth place is The Shallows (read our review), making $16.7 million. Though the film kept a rather low profile in the buildup to its release, it benefitted from strong reviews that praised it as a throwback thrill ride. That certainly helped it perform well in its first three days, as the good word-of-mouth increased awareness and buzz. Moderately budgeted at $17 million, The Shallows is already well on its way to turning a profit for Sony.
Rounding out the top five is Free State of Jones (read our review). The Civil War drama starring Matthew McConaughey made just $7.7 million in its opening weekend, hardly the start STX was hoping for with their counter-programming option. Even though McConaughey is a recognizable star, Free State was handcuffed by poor reviews, which painted it more as a history lesson than a compelling dramatic work. That certainly didn't help a movie that already had a limited target audience. This one is about to fall off by the wayside as the summer moves along.
In sixth is The Conjuring 2 with $7.7 million. The horror sequel is now up to $86.9 million domestically.
Now You See Me 2 is the #7 film, grossing $5.6 million in its third weekend. The film has now brought in $52 million in the States.
Coming in eighth is X-Men: Apocalypse. Bryan Singer's latest superhero film brought in $2.4 million to raise its U.S. total to $151.1 million.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is in ninth place this week, making $2.4 million. The sequel has now grossed $77.1 million domestically.
Capping off the top ten is Alice Through the Looking Glass with $2.1 million. The film is up to $74.5 million Stateside.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, June 27 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo