The Independence Day box office sees the sequel coming in second place after Finding Dory
The widest new release of the weekend was director Roland Emmerich’s sequel Independence Day: Resurgence (20th Century Fox), starring Liam Hemsworth and fellow newcomers Maika Monroe and Jessie Usher, joining returning cast Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox. It had been 20 years since Emmerich’s original Independence Day was released in 1996 when it grossed over $300 million, but clearly, this sequel didn’t have the nostalgia factor going for it like last year’s Jurassic World and reviews were less than favorable. The Independence Day box office turned out an estimated $4 million from Thursday previews and $16.8 million on Friday in 4,068 theaters, and it ended up with an estimated $41.6 million for the weekend. That’s quite a bit less than the $50.2 million the original movie opened with and that was based on 1996 movie ticket prices.
Internationally, the Independence Day box office saw openings in 57 markets, where it earned $102.1 million including $37.3 million from 6,047 screens in China, and Korea, the UK and Mexico each bringing in around $7 million each. $15.8 million of the movie’s global opening came from its IMAX showings, $5 million of that coming from 385 North American IMAX screens.
Despite the release of a number of new movies in wide and limited release, Disney•Pixar‘s animated sequel Finding Dory won the weekend with, in its second week of release, $73.2 million, down about 46% from its record-setting opening weekend. It has grossed $287 million domestically so far, making it Pixar Animation’s fifth highest-grossing movie, as it has already surpassed the domestic gross of Monsters University in 2013. It should surpass Up‘s $293 million this coming week and the $340 million the original Finding Nemo grossed in 2003 by next weekend.