“Finding Dory,” a Pixar film in its third week of release, outdrew three new movies over the Independence Day weekend, including a Steven Spielberg picture and a costly Tarzan feature.
“Dory,” a sequel from Walt Disney Co., collected $50.2 million in North American theaters from Friday to Monday over the long weekend, ComScore Inc. estimated Monday in a statement.
Warner Bros.’ “The Legend of Tarzan” landed in second place with $45.6 million. Universal Pictures’ “The Purge: Election Year” was third with $34.8 million, and Spielberg’s children’s movie “The BFG” placed fourth with $22.3 million.
The total box-office sales of about $225 million from Friday through Monday would be the fourth-biggest July Fourth weekend ever, ComScore said.
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The haul made Disney and Warner Bros. the weekend’s big winners. Still, Universal’s “Purge,” a dystopian thriller about a society where crimes are legal for a night, cost just $10 million to make, according to Box Office Mojo, suggesting a profitable theatrical run.
“Dory” headed into the weekend with $330 million in domestic revenue, making it one of the top 2016 films. The picture is a sequel to the highly successful 2003 film “Finding Nemo.”
“Tarzan” cost $180 million to make and tens of millions more to market.