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Spielberg's The BFG Struggles at Box Office - Report

"It will rank as one of the biggest flops of the summer and of Spielberg's career."


Disney's Finding Dory was the No. 1 film at the US box office this weekend, beating out newcomers such as The Legend of Tarzan and Steven Spielberg's The BFG.

Variety, which has the box office figures, reports that Finding Dory took in $41.9 million over the weekend, bringing its new US total to $372.2 million. After Monday's figures are counted (it's a US holiday), the film could rake in $50.5 million for the four-day weekend.

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The site also reports that Finding Dory is on pace to topple Toy Story 3 ($415 million) to become Pixar's highest-grossing US film ever.

The Legend of Tarzan brought in $38.1 million, landing at the No. 2 position for the weekend. It could end up making $4 million for the four-day holiday weekend, which would be around $10 million more than analysts predicted, Variety said.

In the No. 4 position for this weekend was Disney's The BFG. Variety called it "the weekend's biggest disaster" and one that, despite pretty OK reviews, was "overshadowed by" Finding Dory. It "collapsed" at the box office, the report said, bringing in $19.6 million for the three-day weekend and is on pace for $23.6 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The film had a reported $140 million budget

"It will rank as one of the biggest flops of the summer and of Spielberg's career, raising questions about his drawing power after a decade spent making historical dramas such as Lincoln that are geared at older crowds," Variety said.

The BFG came in behind The Purge: Election Year, the weekend's No. 3 movie, which made $30.9 million Friday-Sunday and could generate $34 million when Monday's numbers come in.

Head to Variety for a full breakdown and analysis of this weekend's box office results.

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