The summer box office season rolls on, and this one should be a corker, as last weekend’s champ faces off against a sequel 20 years in the making. Which will come out on top? Here’s our prediction:
Independence Day: Resurgence is the long awaited to sequel to the 1996 original Independence Day, a huge box office smash that continues to be a favourite amongst audiences. While Will Smith is absent from the film, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman Vivica A. Fox and Judd Hirsch are the original actors returning, along with with screenwriter Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich. With this crew on board, you’d think that the film is a guaranteed success, but 20 years is a seriously long time between films. Will the audience come out in full force, or will this be another case of too little, too late? We’re predicting a good but not great debut – look for a second place showing with $57 million.
Also new this week is The Shallows, a shark themed horror film starring Blake Lively. Trailers have been strong for this one, and there’s a built-in shark loving audience that will probably turn out for, even if its not in droves. The Shallows should hit fourth place with $13 million.
As for the rest of the top five, look for Finding Dory to continue to rock the box office. It should remain in first place with $71 million. Central Intelligence will be in third place with $18 million, while The Conjuring 2 should claim fifth place with $8 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Finding Dory – $71 million
2) Independence Day: Resurgence – $57 million
3) Central Intelligence – $18 million
4) The Shallows – $14 million
5) The Conjuring 2 – $8 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!