Box Office: “Resurgence” isn’t –“Independence Day” will be gone by July 4?

boxA weak Thursday night, strong Friday left prognosticators thinking “Independence Day: Resurgence” might hit $45 million this weekend.

No. Bad reviews and a general audience ennui about what was never more than dumb fun — dumb even by 1996 standards — watered down Saturday and left “Resurgence” with about $41 million — a little more, maybe — for its opening weekend.

The brand had less value than folks expected, Fox tried to limit the damage by hiding it from critics, and that may have paid off. Because they found $41 million worth of suckers. Didn’t even better the original film’s 1996 opening weekend.

You can’t go home again, Jeff Goldblum.

“Finding Dory” is still owning the box office, over $70 million for its second weekend.

“The Shallows” did about $17. It deserved better. It should hang onto audience.

“Free State of Jones” makes the famous Samuel Goldwyn crack about “No movie about the Civil War ever made a dime” true. For once. Under $8 million.

“Warcraft” fled the top ten in near record time. Got to figure “ID:R” will do the same.

 

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