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Finding Dory holds off Tarzan and BFG at US box office

Finding Dory Image copyright Pixar

Finding Dory held firm at the top of the US box office despite competition from The BFG and The Legend of Tarzan.

It is the third week in a row that Pixar's sequel to Finding Nemo has taken the number one spot.

The film took $41.9m (£31.5m) - narrowly beating its nearest competitor, The Legend of Tarzan, which took $38.1m (£28.7m).

In third place was sci-fi horror film The Purge: Election Year, which made $30.1m (£22.7m) in its opening weekend.

The estimated figures include predicted takings for Monday - a holiday in the US to mark Independence Day.

The BFG - Steven Spielberg's adaption of the Roald Dahl novel - debuted in fourth place after taking $19.6m (£14.8m).

Independence Day: Resurgence rounded off the top five, taking $16.5m (£12.4m) in its second week.

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Image caption The BFG stars Mark Rylance - who won best supporting actor at this year's Oscars

Some critics said the weekend's figures marked a disappointing start for the BFG, which stars Mark Rylance.

In an article examining why the film is not doing as well as expected, The Wrap said "Rylance is not a box office draw" despite his success at this year's Oscars.

It added: "Those huge ears, beady eyes and a wrinkled face - the BFG had to overcome its appearance to win over family audiences. Clearly the 'adoryble' baby Dory is more of a draw."

But other critics praised the film. The Wall Street Journal said: "Spielberg uses digital wizardry to throw dreams of friendship and adventure on the big screen, and what marvellous dreams they are - funny, grotesque and tender, as well as spectacular."

Finding Dory has received mostly positive reviews in the US.

Rolling Stone said: "If Finding Dory lacks the fresh surprise of its predecessor, it still brims with humour, heart and animation miracles."

1. Finding Dory - $41.9m
2. The Legend of Tarzan - $38.1m
3. The Purge: Election Year - $30.9m
4. The BFG - $19.6m
5. Independence Day: Resurgence - $16.5m
Source: Exhibitor Relations (film industry tracker)

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