They waited twenty years to make it, there is no Will Smith, but “Independence Day: Resurgence” didn’t come out of the gate a total bust. The lack of early warning reviews (Fox didn’t preview this POS because they knew what they had even if some easy lay critics didn’t) had to help Thursday night and Friday sales.
A $45 million opening weekend isn’t a blockbuster by current comic book franchise standards. But they’ll take it.
“Finding Dory,” the similarly delayed “Finding Nemo” still owns this month, though. On its second weekend, it will take in nearly $75 million. It is racing to $300 million, and should reach it by Wed or so.
“The Shallows,” the best reviewed wide release opening this weekend, is underperforming for a shark attack thriller. For a Blake Lively star vehicle, it’s doing OK — an $18 million weekend, or right around there.
The smaller studio STX rolled out its Civil War parable “Free State of Jones” and is only managing about $7 million.
“Warcraft” is one weekend from dropping out of the top ten, as are the “Ninja Turtles” and maybe “Now You See Me # 2.” Good riddance.