"The Legend of Tarzan" pulled in $19.3 million at 6,900 screens in from 19 markets, led by by South Korea with $4 million, and will open in the U.K., France, Australia and Mexico this weekend.
Whatever happens internationally for these movies, it looks like at least at the domestic box office Finding Dory is the ultimate victor for the fourth of July weekend.
Pixar and Disney's Finding Dory is swimming ahead of the competition to stay at No. 1 in its third weekend, no small feat considering both BFG and The Legend of Tarzan are big-budget tentpoles created to set off major fireworks.
Appropriately, the top five for the Fourth of July weekend was rounded out by Independence Day: Resurgence, which earned $20.2 million for the four-day weekend.
The Legend of Tarzan brought in $38.1 million, landing at the No. 2 position for the weekend.
Elsewhere in the United States top ten, The Legend of Tarzan came in second place with a better than expected $45 million for the four-day weekend.
Directed by David Yates, Tarzan opened in limited overseas release over the weekend, taking in US$18.8 million.
As expected, The Purge: Election Year was a box-office firecracker. Disney expects the film to make about $50 million over the four-day holiday weekend. After Monday's figures are counted (it's a USA holiday), the film could rake in $50.5 million for the four-day weekend.
Finding Dory came in first place for the third week in a row, adding $41.9 million to an impressive $372 million domestic total.
The biggest disappointment is obviously the release of The BFG. Sequel The Purge: Anarchy debuted to $29.8 million in late July 2014, while The Purge opened to an impressive $35.1 million in June 2013.
The talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers - Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg - finally come together to bring The BFG to life.
In sixth place was Warner Bros.' "Central Intelligence", which made $15 million, edging it toward a cumulative $95 million at the box office. Election Year took more than $34 million over the weekend, and I think it's fair to assume that The Purge 4 is pretty much guaranteed.
The Purge: Election Year did better than expectations with its $10 million budget as it hit with a $31 million debut, which means we'll definitely be seeing another installment.
Despite the national holiday traditionally being one of the biggest for the movie industry, this year's suffered from expensive blockbuster releases that failed to enthuse and bank, with audiences instead flocking toward the Finding Nemo follow-up, which is en route to surpassing the highest grossing domestic Pixar movie ever, Toy Story 3.