It might be a little early in the summer to point to a “worst” box office performance, but Independence Day: Resurgenceis definitely looking like a bust.
The Roland Emmerich-directed sequel to the 1996 blockbuster Independence Daydrew in an estimated $41.6 million in its opening weekend. That’s good enough for second place, but not a positive sign for the weeks ahead.
The numbers look worse outside of the United States.
Independence Day opened in multiple overseas markets including China, which is typically very Hollywood-friendly but it’s not planting the landing with foreign audiences, either. Official numbers aren’t in yet, but with an estimated $28 million,it’s looking like a number two finish in China behind Now You See Me 2.
For the sake of comparison, consider Warcraft. Universal’s video game adaptation is roughly even with Resurgencein critical reception 33% to 30% on RottenTomatoes. Both movies also opened at roughly equivalent domestic numbers: $41.6 million for Resurgence versus $43.9 million for Warcraft.
Yet Warcraftwas a smash hit overseas, with almost $340 million in foreign ticket sales during its opening sprint. China alone accounted for $145 million of that figure in a four-day period. Resurgencejust doesn’t seem to have the same juice.
It wasn’t even a close race on the domestic front. Disney Pixar’s Finding Doryonce again swam into first placewith an estimated second weekend take of $73.2 million.
The movie opened last week with a record-setting $135.1 million at the domestic box office, which means itshedjust 46% of its opening sales in its second weekend.
It’s a commendable feat given that most movies lose 50-60% during the same stretch of time. That indicates that interest in Doryis only growing and that the movie isattracting repeat business.
The rest of the weekend’s top five favors newer releases. The Kevin Hart/Dwayne Johnson buddy comedyCentral Intelligence, released last week, slots in at number three with an estimated $18.4 million.
Two newcomers then fill out the four and five slots: Blake Lively shark thriller The Shallows($16.7 million) and Civil War slave drama Free State of Jones($7.8 million), respectively.
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