Tarzan Fizzles, Swings to a Loss
'Finding Dory' holds to No. 1 spot for a 3rd week
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 3, 2016 1:03 PM CDT
Ruby Barnhill and the Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country, voiced by Mark Rylance, in a scene from "The BFG."   (Uncredited)
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(Newser) The Legend of Tarzan and The BFG were both dwarfed by Finding Dory over the July 4th weekend, as the Pixar sequel led the box office for the third straight weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, Finding Dory earned $41.9 million in North America. Disney is forecasting a four-day holiday haul of about $50 million.

Of the three debuts, Tarzan came the closest to dethroning Dory with $38.1 million. While that total was better than expected, it's far from chest-thumping for a movie that cost $180 million to make. The horror sequel The Purge: Election Year opened solidly with $30.9 million, in line with previous Purge installments. The continued success of Dory, however, bit into the opening of Steven Spielberg's Roald Dahl adaption. The BFG debuted weakly with $19.6 million.