Fans have waited a long time for a sequel to Independence Day. The 1996 hit was a unique blockbuster at the time, but it hasn’t made the comeback many expected. While Independence Day: Resurgence is certainly a bigger follow up, that hasn’t driven viewers out to see it.
Variety is reporting the film is set for a mixed opening weekend after a poor showing on Friday. After being made on a $165 million budget, the opening weekend tally is expected to be $43m. Roland Emmerich’s latest disaster film has received less than stellar reviews, and that may have had an effect. It’s also far from unique now, with many critics suggesting its a rehash of other, better, sci-fi films.
The film is lagging behind Finding Dory this weekend, which is on course for a $75m haul. That’s impressive for its second weekend of release, and it says a lot about this summer’s box office. Dory is one of the few sequels to have made money this summer, while Resurgence is the latest in a string of overblown bombs. Emmerich has made his feelings on superhero movies clear, but they’re one of the few things connecting with movie-goers.
This certainly pours water over the idea of a sequel to Resurgence. Originally, it was rumoured that a two part sequel was planned. A third film has been planned, which Emmerich talked of as an “intergalactic journey.” On the basis of these box office returns, that has likely been put on hold. While overseas markets could save the franchise, there have to be worries about the demand for more adventures in this world.
Based on this, you’d have to imagine the people behind Star Trek Beyond and the Ghostbusters reboot are worried. Those are the next big franchise films releasing, coming hot on the heels of a very disappointing summer season.
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