Finding Dory” soared, and both Tarzan and Steven Spielberg floundered, at the North American box offices this Fourth of July weekend.

The Pixar animated movie was swimming in $41.9 million in domestic receipts this weekend, flowing into a sea of $372.2 million is Disney dollars over three weeks.

Three new movies were left in the dust.

The Legend Of Tarzan” was on track to take in $38.1 million through the end of business today, according to comScore statisticians tracking the industry projections.

“Purge: Election Year” opened in third place with $30.9 million in opening day receipts. And “The BFG” opened in fourth place, with a $19.6 million gross.

Analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore called that “a very strong weekend.”

Rounding out the 10 most-popular movies in the United States and Canada this weekend, as reported by the studios and collated by comScore, were “Central Intelligence” ($12.3 million), “The Shallows” ($9 million), “Free State Of Jones” ($4.1 million), “The Conjuring 2” ($3.9 million) and “Now You See Me 2” ($3 million).

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.