Finding Dory Beating Independence Day: Resurgence At Box Office

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Finding Dory is expected to earn almost $75 million in its second weekend, putting a damper on Fox's hopes to make Independence Day: Resurgence the top movie in the country.

Resurgence, which cost more than $150 million to make and is a sequel twenty years in the making, is looking at an opening weekend of around $41-44 million this weekend.

The original Independence Day, which went on to gross over $300 million at the domestic box office, opened with $50 million. That said, this year almost every major motion picture has been very front-loaded...and Resurgence has a B CinemaScore, the same score that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice had -- and that movie had a huge dropoff from its first to second week.

Last week, Finding Dory not only managed to out-draw Finding Nemo in its first week at the domestic box office, but to break the all-time record for the biggest opening by an animated movie.

Finding Dory earned an estimated $136,183,170 last weekend, more than $100 million more than Central Intelligence, the second-highest-grossing movie of the week, making this weekend's likely dropoff less than 50%.

The film, almost universally beloved by critics, is well on the way to being one of the year's top-grossing films.

Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton, who returns for the sequel, is likely breathing a sigh of relief at these numbers; his last job as a director was John Carter, which lost Disney around $200 million in spite of building a pretty solid following among audiences who saw it.

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Currently, Disney holds three of the year's top five spots at the domestic box office with Civil War, Zootopia, and The Jungle Book. They've also got a stake in Fox's Deadpool, since that's a Marvel property. If Finding Dory ousts Batman V Superman from the top spot before something else creeps in, Disney could potentially have a financial stake in all five of the year's top films.