Alien invaders were no match for Pixar's "Finding Dory," which is expected to earn $76 million-$77 million in its second weekend at the North American box office.
"Independence Day: Resurgence," meanwhile, opened Friday with $16.8 million, on its way to projected $42 million weekend haul.
The Hollywood Reporter notes to Fox sequel is expected to perform better overseas, where it rolled out this in numerous territories, including China.
As of Friday, "Finding Dory" had earned $236.5 million domestically and $50.6 million overseas, for a worldwide tally of just north of $287 million.
Sony's shark thriller "The Shallows" opened Friday with $6.9 million, on its way to a projected $16 million to $17 million weekend, not too shabby for a film with a production budget of just $17 million. It will be followed by the Matthew McConaughey Civil War drama "Free State of Jones" with an $7 million to $8 million, and Nicolas Winding Refn's "Neon Demon," which may not reach the $1 million mark in its first weekend.