TORONTO, ONTARIO- Many’a blockbusters have come out this summer, including the highly anticipated “Finding Dory” and multiple sequels following last year’s summer hits such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Into the Shadows” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
This weekend, the top ten at the North American box office may surprise some, but for others it’s a no brainer, Dory will just keep swimming.
And on that note, Disney Pixar’s “Finding Dory” keeps swimming all the way to the top spot for the second week in a row.
The film earned $72.96 million this weekend in North America, grossing overall a whopping $286.28 million.
Starring Ellen DeGeneres as the voice of Dory, “Finding Dory” is the follow-up to the successful 2003 film, “Finding Nemo.”
In this installment, the forgetful blue tang fish is back to find her parents who she lost and got separated from when she was young.
Many new but familiar voices appear in the film, including Ed O’Neil, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, and Idris Elba.
Premiering at the second spot this weekend,”Independence Day: Resurgence.”
The action packed sequel earned $41.04 million in North America this past weekend.
The first film, “Independence Day,” premiered in 1996 and was the highest grossing film in that year. It starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum.Earth was dealing with a major threat coming from outside this planet, aliens invading the earth.It was action packed and did well in the box office, earning $104.3 million in its first week of release.
The second installment of the “Independence Day” films is set two decades later.
The planet is facing a new kind of threat, the sun.
The film, directed again by Roland Emmerich, stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie T. Usher, Bill Pullman, and Maika Monroe.
Will Smith was asked to join the sequel, but had to chose between that or “Suicide Squad.” I mean choosing SS over “Independence Day” makes sense because Will Smith is a true Hollywood actor, he believes his craft gets better when challenged. He has already rode out the success of “Independence Day” and is ready to top that with SS.
“Central Intelligence” lands in third place this weekend.
The Warner Bros. action-comedy hybrid earned another $18.24 million, grossing overall $69.17 million in two weeks.
Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson star side-by-side in this flick and is filled with comedy, high school throwbacks, and international espionage.
You can tell the chemistry between Johnson and Hart is so real and a true friendship seems to have blossomed.
During an interview to promote the film for Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Hart explained exactly what it is like to work with someone like Johnson.
“I honestly have to say that Dwayne was above and beyond a pleasure to work with,” said 36-year-old comedian. “You’re looking at a guy who’s a true professional, who approached his work day as one of the best. He brought chemistry, and an amazing work ethic.”
Swimming just below the top three, “The Shallows” premieres at the fourth spot this weekend.
The Sony film starring Blake Lively earned $16.8 million in its first weekend of release in North America.
The film follows a young, ex-medical student named Nancy (Lively) who is travelling the to find her purpose in the world after her mother dies of cancer.
While visiting Mexico, she visits a secret beach her mother went to when pregnant with Nancy.
While only 200 yards from shore, Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, forcing her to be stranded on a rock for days while the shark waits and circles for her.
Her journey to safety becomes an ultimate test of strength and will.
Not as good as movies like it such as “Gravity” with Sandra Bullock, but still a summer hit.
Wrapping up the top five is the horror flick, “The Conjuring 2.”
The scary hit is back with a whole new plot line, but Lorraine (played by Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (played by Patrick Wilson) stay the same, ready to help another family.
The two set out to help a London family with their house plagued with malicious spirits.
The film made another $7.7 million this weekend, overall earning $86.9 million in North America in three weeks.
Here is how the rest of your top ten looks like this weekend,
6. “Free State of Jones” starring Matthew McConaughey.
7. “Now You See Me 2.”
8. “X-Men Apocalypse.”
9. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Into the Shadows” starring Megan Fox and Stephen Amell.