Following the lead of Will Smith, audiences this time stayed home while the aliens exploded our world monuments. In its debut, Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel that picks up 20 years after Randy Quaid and an Apple PowerBook saved the world, failed to break Finding Dory's hold on the number one spot. In fact, it failed to even make as much as the first Independence Day did two decades ago. It brought in just over $40 million on a reported $165 million budget, and it's said the film may now only make about $100 million domestically over its entire run--a third of what the original did.
Maybe it's lackluster performance is due to the same sequel fatigue that's hit so many follow-ups this year. Maybe it's because the wholesale destruction of metropolises, an eye-catching visual effect in 1996, is now the default big set-piece for every other summer blockbuster. Or maybe it's just that the posters didn't have Judd Hirsch on them. Does the studio not realize man's desire for a lil' Hirsch-y kiss?
Anyway, here's your weekend box office:
1. Finding Dory - $73.2 million
2. Independence Day: Resurgence - $41.6 million
3. Central Intelligence - $18.4 million
4. The Shallows - $16.7 million
5. Free State of Jones - $7.8 million
Weekend Box Office Results [Box Office Mojo]