The tidal wave of Finding Dory overwhelmed the sputtering sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, whose weekend debut was drowned out by the popular Pixar release in North American theaters, reports the AP. In its second week, Finding Dory easily remained on top with an estimated $73.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That puts the Finding Nemo sequel at nearly $400 million in 10 days. "I'm not surprised that it did this well," a comScore analyst tells USA Today. "It's been a go-to movie for everyone and that's the magic of the Pixar brand."
That far surpassed the $41.6 million opening of Resurgence, which debuted well off the pace off its 1996 original. The first Independence Day opened with $50.2 million, or about $77 million in inflation-adjusted dollars. Of the week's other debuts, the Blake Lively shark thriller The Shallows rode a wave of good reviews to a better-than-expected $16.7 million for Sony. Matthew McConaughey's Civil War drama Free State of Jones, however, disappointed with just $7.7 million, a blow to the upstart studio STX Entertainment. (Read more box office stories.)