Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

'Finding Dory' Soars For $41.9 Million At Weekend Box Office

"Finding Dory" was alone at the top of the box office this weekend across North America.

" "The Purge: Election Year" is one of the few sequels that's not family-oriented or based on a comic book that will outperform the last film in the series", said Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution. Its budget was $200 million.

The Legend of Tarzan is a Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow production that reached second place over this holiday weekend after raking in a modest $38.1 million over the Friday through Sunday period. That means it will still have to do massive business overseas, but that's not out of the question. Currently, it would appear that the BFG will be lucky to make more than $70 million domestically during its time in cinemas.

The BFG disappointed in 4th with an $18.8 million 3-day start and $22.7 million for the extended weekend. The prospects are somewhat dicey, but it could have been much worse. The third entry in the low-budget franchise couldn't have arrived at a better time; Election Year could be viewed as a Donald Trump presidential campaign video or a stark glimpse of the near future given recent political developments. Its opening is about on par with predecessors The Purge ($34.1 million in 2013) and The Purge: Anarchy ($29.8 million in 2014), both of which were summer releases.

The Conjuring 2 was this week's biggest faller as it slipped four places from five to number nine. But it still kept its head nicely above water. Critics were split, with 55 percent giving positive reviews at

Goldstein pointed out that younger "Tarzan" audiences enjoyed the film more.

Global box office remains key for studios.

At this point, Election Year should be able to do quite well.

The Italian Renaissance Revival home was listed previous year for $1.3 million before it was taken off the market. Resurgence also has some ways to go to making back its $165 million cost, but an estimated $20.2 million weekend and some decent foreign aid is helping it close the gap. "Clearly the "adoryble" baby Dory is more of a draw". Universal Pictures' "Secret Life of Pets" hits theaters this week, and it could be some stiff competition. Loaded with visual effects - violent apes, stampeding wildebeests - the movie cost US$180 million to make, not counting marketing.

Action comedy Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson, debuted behind on $4.7 million. At this point it should end its domestic run at around $120 million, a profit on a $50 million budget. As for Blake Lively vs. a Shark, The Shallows did a respectable $9 million in its second weekend to bring its total to $35.2 million.

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