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With a sequel that people have been waiting 20 years for, a tale of woman vs. shark, and a historical true story all hitting theaters this weekend, let's take a look at the weekend's top five!

Here are the official top five movies at the US box office this past weekend, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. Finding Dory — $73.2 Million

Pixar's absolute behemoth of a movie, Finding Dory, ranked up No. 1 again for the second weekend in a row. In its first weekend, Dory broke the record for highest debut for an animated film ever and continues to do well, thanks to great word-of-mouth and a fantastic marketing campaign.

2. Independence Day: Resurgence — $41.6 Million

Slightly disappointing for 20th Century Fox, Independence Day: Resurgence failed to crack the estimated $50 million (which the original film back in 1996 hit) over the weekend but still brought in a fair amount of money.

The film received mostly negative reviews, some critics hailing it as the worst film of 2016 so far. Personally I had some fun with the film, but I will agree that it's pretty messy, you can check out my review here.

3. Central Intelligence — $18.3 Million

The Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart action comedy hit the No. 3 spot in it's second week of release, taking it's current worldwide total to $83 million.

4. The Shallows — $16.7 Million

The Shallows received mostly positive reviews over the weekend and actually over-performed at the box office.

5. Free State Of Jones — $7.7 Million

The Matthew McConaughey-lead historical epic directed by Gary Ross rounds out the top five with a small $7.7 million. The film received mostly negative reviews.

Let me know in the comments what movies you saw this weekend and follow me on Twitter: @JamesPorter97

What movies did you check out over the weekend?


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