Weekend Wrap-Up

Dory Dominates Independence Day Sequel; Shallows Surprise

By John Hamann

June 26, 2016

She's happy because she's in the biggest movie in the world.

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Seventh is Now You See Me 2, one of those confused and unnecessary sequels of 2016. The magic movie earned $5.7 million in its third frame, dropping a not bad 40%. It's all too little too late, though, as it has a budget of around $100 million and a domestic gross of $52 million. The overseas total has crossed the $100 million mark, but the trick is busted on Lionsgate and another hoped for franchise.

Eighth is X-Men: Apocalypse, the almost low point in the X-Men canon. This weekend, its fifth, X-Men earned $2.5 million and was off 53%. It has limped past X-Men First Class and its $146.4 million, and is going to have to stretch to beat the original X-Men's $157.3 million earned in 2000. So far, it has $151.1 million on the domestic side and $373 million overseas.

Ninth is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The Paramount film earned $2.4 million and fell 54%. It leaves the top ten with a domestic total of $77.1 million.


Alice Through the Looking Glass is tenth, as it winds down its sad run. This weekend, it earned $2.1 million, and the sequel with promise is going to grind out fairly close to its current total, which sits at $74.6 million.

Finishing outside of the top ten this weekend are Captain America: Civil War and The Jungle Book. Cap vs Iron Man earned $1.4 million and brought its total up to $403.9 million. The Jungle Book earns $1.2 million and finds its domestic total at $358 million. Combined, the worldwide tally for both films has reached $2.07 billion.

Overall , the box office performed nicely despite the soft openings for Independence Day: Resurgent and Free State of Jones. The top 12 films this weekend earned $182.1 million, which is at least in the same ballpark as last year when the top 12 brought in $176.8, led by Jurassic World's third weekend gross at $54.5 million. Next weekend brings more interesting features, as Spielberg's The BFG opens, along with The Legend of Tarzan for Warner Bros. and The Purge: Election Year for Universal. I'm thinking there will be a lot of pressure to perform again, just like this weekend.

Top Ten for Weekend of June 24-26, 2016
Estimated Gross
Weekly Change
Running Total
1 Finding Dory Walt Disney Pictures 73.2 -46% 286.6
2 Independence Day: Resurgence 20th Century Fox 41.6 New 41.6
3 Central Intelligence Warner Bros. 18.4 -47% 69.3
4 The Shallows Sony 16.7 New 16.7
5 Free State of Jones STX Entertainment 7.8 New 7.8
6 The Conjuring 2 Warner Bros. 7.7 -50% 86.9
7 Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 5.7 -40% 52.1
8 X-Men: Apocalypse 20th Century Fox 2.5 -53% 151.1
9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Paramount 2.4 -54% 77.1
10 Alice Through the Looking Glass Walt Disney Pictures 2.1 -50% 74.6
11 Warcraft Universal 2.1 -71% 43.9
12 Me Before You Warner Bros. 2.0 -53% 51.3

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