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'Tarzan,' 'BFG' dwarfed by 'Dory', which stays no. 1

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 7:00 AM
This image released by Warner Bros Entertainment shows Margot Robbie (left) and Alexander Skarsgard in a scene from 'The Legend of Tarzan'.

The Legend of Tarzan and The BFG were both dwarfed by Finding Dory over the July 4th weekend as the Pixar sequel led the box office for the third straight weekend.

According to studio estimates yesterday, Finding Dory, earned $41.9 million in North America. Disney is forecasting a four-day holiday haul of about $50 million.

Of the three debuts, Tarzan came the closest to dethroning Dory with $38.1 million. While that total was better than expected, it's far from chest-thumping for a movie that cost $180 million to make.

The horror sequel, The Purge: Election Year, opened solidly with $30.9 million, in line with previous Purge installments.

The continued success of Dory, however, bit into the opening of Steven Spielberg's Roald Dahl adaption. The BFG debuted weakly with $19.6 million.