Weekend Wrap-Up

BFG Purged at July 4th Box Office

By John Hamann

July 3, 2016

The best little detail about Finding Dory is that her dad is drawn like a bald dude.

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Sixth is Central Intelligence, which is quietly putting up some stellar numbers. This weekend, its third, the Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart flick earned another $12.3 million and fell a reasonable 32%. After three weekends, the buddy cop action flick has earned $91.8 million domestically against a $50 million budget. It has also earned $30 million overseas.

The Shallows also holds nicely, as the Blake Lively flick has a second frame at an amount closer to what we were expecting from the first weekend. The Shallows earned $9 million in its second frame, off a neat 46% compared to last weekend, an excellent hold for a genre release like this one. So far, this small $17 million release has earned $35.3 million domestically.

Free State of Jones is eighth, as everyone is getting off of this bus. The Matthew McConaughey starrer earned only $4.1 million in weekend two and dropped 45%. STX better hope they can sell this to schools, as it has a gross to date of only $15.2 million, against a $50 million budget.

The Conjuring 2 is ninth, as this horror sequel gets beat up a bit by The Purge: Election Year. The Conjuring 2 earned $3.9 million this weekend, off 50% from the previous frame. This small $40 million release has now earned $95.3 million stateside, and overseas its earned more than $175 million, making this one of the hits of the summer so far for Warner Bros.


Now You See Me 2 is tenth and is leaving us after only four weekends of release. This time around, the magical release earned $3 million, off 47% from the previous frame. The star studded thriller has now picked up a lean $58.7 million on the domestic side, and has earned more than $155 million overseas.

In limited release, Swiss Army Man, featuring the farting corpse, expanded to 636 screens. It earned $1.4 million and has a gross to date of $1.6 million.

Overall, it wasn’t that bad of a July 4 weekend. The top 12 this weekend earned a combined $181.7 million over three days, which was much better than the last two years. A year ago, the top 12 earned $128.9 million over July 3rd - 5th, and the year earlier, the top 12 earned $120.6 million over July 4th - 6th. Next weekend brings more big hitters, as Universal and Illumination open The Secret Life of Pets, and Zac Efron opens Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Top Ten for Weekend of
Estimated Gross (millions)
Weekly Change
Running Total (millions)
1 Finding Dory Walt Disney 41.9 -43% 372.3
2 The Legend of Tarzan Warner Bros. 38.1 New 38.1
3 The Purge: Election Year Universal 30.9 New 30.9
4 The BFG Walt Disney 19.6 New 19.6
5 Independence Day: Resurgence 20th Century Fox 16.5 -60% 72.7
6 Central Intelligence Warner Bros. 12.3 -32% 91.8
7 The Shallows Sony 9.0 -46% 35.3
8 Free State of Jones STX 4.1 -45% 15.2
9 The Conjuring 2 Warner Bros. 3.9 -50% 05.3
10 Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 3.0 -47% 58.7
11 Swiss Army Man A24 1.4 +1273% 1.6
12 Our Kind of Traitor Roadside Attractions 1.0 New 1.0

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