Finding Dory has once again topped the box office. The Pixar sequel grossed $73.2 million in its second weekend, Box Office Mojo reports. And Finding Dory did all this despite facing competition from another ocean-set animal movie.
The Shallows, or as its commonly referred to, "that Blake Lively shark movie," premiered this weekend to an impressive $16.7 million, nearly matching the thriller's $17 million budget. This is probably due to the outstanding performance of Lively's co-star, Steven Seagull. No, I did not mean Steven Seagal. I meant Steven Seagull, an avian actor who is being heralded as "the breakout movie star of the summer."
Unfortunately, Steven Seagull's memorable performance wasn't enough to win the weekend. The Shallows' weekend gross not only fell behind Finding Dory, but also Independence Day: Resurgence ($41.6 million) and Central Intelligence ($18.4 million). Steven Seagull did manage to get one over on Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, whose new movie Free State of Jones earned only $7.8 million.
The other top earners at the box office this weekend all suffered from what I can only discern as a severe lack of seagulls. The Conjuring 2 fell from the third to sixth spot with $7.7 million, followed by Now You See Me 2 ($5.7 million). X-Men: Apocalypse ($2.5 million), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ($2.4 million), Alice Through the Looking Glass ($2.1 million) rounded out the top 10.
So if there's anything to learn from the box office this weekend, it's that every movie could be made a little bit better if they include Steven Seagull in it. Here's hoping Hollywood has learned its lesson.