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Battle at the Box Office 6/27


Finding Dory dominated the box office again, making more than all the four new movies combined and having one of the best ever second weekends with $73 million, putting it over $286 million for it’s two weeks out and it’s made $110 million worldwide, so combined it’s close to $400 million already and it’s almost double where Finding Nemo was at the box office in the same time frame.

Independence Day: Resurgence took a distant second with $41.6 million, well off from the original’s $50 million opening in 1996, which would be around $75 million adjusted for inflation and Resurgence will definitely not be the number one movie of the year like it’s predecessor.  It’s doing OK worldwide so it will probably have to rely on China and the other international markets to try and break even or get close to breaking even.

Central Intelligence dropped to third with another $18.4 million, putting it over $69 million for it’s two weeks out.

The Shallows did the “best” of the new movies, exceeding expectation and making $16.7 million off a budget of $17 million and the third best ever opening for Blake Lively.

Free State of Jones opened in fifth with $7.7 million which was off even from the low expectations of the studio and one of the lowest openings ever for Matthew McConaughey, sitting between EDtv and We Are Marshall.

In 783 theaters, The Neon Demon didn’t even crack $1 million, making only $606,594 but director Nicolas Winding Refn was never trying to be a blockbuster, crowd pleasing director and it had the usual split reviews of some critics thinking it’s a visual masterpiece and others thinking it’s an empty exercise in style over substance.

Speaking of limited releases, Swiss Army Man aka the movie where Daniel Radcliffe is a magical farting corpse, opened in 3 theaters and made $114,000 or $38,000 per theater, the best performance per theater of the weekend.

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