Independence Day: Resurgence not so big at the box office

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The spaceships in Independence Day: Resurgence might have been bigger, but the same can’t be said about the film’s opening weekend.

According to Box Office Mojo, the long-awaited sequel to Independence Day only grossed $41.6 million. This is especially disappointing when compared to the original 1996 film, which made over $50 million during it’s opening weekend. The first Independence Day also had the benefit of opening over the Fourth of July, boosting it up to a total of $96 million. The film went on to make over $300 million domestically and over $800 million worldwide. With a budget of $165 million, this followup will be lucky if it can make over $100 million domestically.

Independence Day: Resurgence couldn’t even open at #1, despite a good deal of hype. Finding Dory reined at the top for the second weekend in a row, making $73.2 million. The Finding Nemo sequel has now grossed $286.5 million domestically and almost $400 million worldwide. It’s also one of this summer’s only sequels that received almost universal acclaim.

Central Intelligence dropped to third with roughly $18.4 million, The Shallows finished in fourth with a solid $16.7 million, and Free State of Jones rounded out the top five with $7.7 million. Meanwhile, the newly released The Neon Demon opened outside of the top 10 with an estimated $606,594. It should be noted that Finding Dory made more than all four of this weekend’s new releases combined.

Check out the full weekend estimates below:

1. Finding Dory – $73,234,746
2. Independence Day: Resurgence – $41,600,000
3. Central Intelligence – $18,370,000
4. The Shallows – $16,700,000
5. Free State of Jones – $7,772,000
6. The Conjuring 2 – $7,705,000
7. Now You See Me 2 – $5,650,000
8. X-Men: Apocalypse – $2,475,000
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – $2,400,000
10. Alice Through the Looking Glass – $2,147,144


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About Nick Spake

Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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