'Tarzan,' 'BFG' dwarfed by 'Dory,' which stays no. 1

For the third consecutive weekend, the Pixar animated release amassed an estimated $41.9 million to take the top spot.

The horror sequel The Purge: Election Year opened solidly with $30.9 million (£23.2 million), in line with previous Purge installments. "Dory" headed into the weekend with $330 million in domestic revenue, making it one of the top 2016 films.

Once again, Finding Dory finds itself atop the box office.

"The Purge: Election Year" grosses $3.6 million, while Warner Bros. big-budget jungle adventure only rakes in $2.55 million.

First things first, Grillo's character goes by a different name in the third installation of "The Purge" franchise.

It's clear that James DeMonaco, the New Founding Father of the franchise - he wrote and directed all three Purge films - doesn't have the chops to make a great dystopian movie.

So what of third position? Also opening is The Legend of Tarzan, a title I get sleepy just typing out.

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With Disney's (DIS) "THE BFG", Warner Brother's (TWX) "The Legend of Tarzan" and Universal's low-budget Blumhouse Studio "The Purge: Election Year" are all vying for a win. The sequel, 2014's The Purge: Anarchy addressed this complaint (and how) by giving audiences precisely what they asked for: a much more expansive view of what the "Purge" looks like on the city streets. On average, films opening with similar data points drop around 56% on their second weekend. Either a good guy or a bad guy is going to be killed, and as soon as that happens, the film becomes less about morality and more about the visceral thrills of killing people onscreen. Tarzan cost $180 million to make, and it's gotten a major marketing push in the last few days.

"'Tarzan" and "BFG" are both headed to be disasters, suffering from lack of interest, dated material and audience interest.

"It's frustrating when there's a disconnect between the critical response, the consumer response and ultimately the box office", said Dave Hollis, distribution head for Disney. The Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart action comedy is performing strongly; it has $91.8 million domestically and $122.1 million worldwide. Margot Robbie's continued rise certainly didn't hurt, either, as she is becoming a fan favorite and is expected to help Suicide Squad do big business. The first movie The Purge had an initial budget of $3 million and it made more than $89 million in the box office. Finally, there's THE BFG from Steven Spielberg, which barely came in fourth place. Films such as Jack the Giant Slayer and Pan come to mind, though both opened outside the competitive summer corridor.

[Image via 20th Century Fox]As for fifth place, that belonged to Independence Day: Resurgence, and it still isn't doing very well.

In limited release, IFC will release Roseanne for President! into two theaters while Roadside will release Our Kind of Traitor into 373 theaters.

The comedy about a suicidal man (Paul Dano) who befriends a farting corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) drew a mixed response at this year's Sundance Film Festival, prompting some walkouts.

  • Michelle Webb