Thursday Night Report: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Starts w/ Modest $4.0M; ‘The Shallows’ Bags $1.325M; ‘Free State of Jones’ Claims $365K

Friday Update: Independence Day: Resurgence reportedly hauled in an estimated $4.0 million from last night’s opening shows, marking a modest start for the sequel. By comparison, last year’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation took in $4.0 million, while San Andreas earned $3.1 million and 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hauled in $4.1 million.

Meanwhile, The Shallows grabbed $1.325 million, a healthy start for the shark thriller. That figure bests last year’s The Gallows ($900,000), which similarly debuted in mid-summer.

Lastly, Free State of Jones took in $365,000 in its start last night. A big number wasn’t expected given the target older audience, but that still falls well short of Southpaw‘s $1.2 million Thursday launch last July as it similarly aimed to counter-program the big summer blockbusters with dramatic adult fare.

Official Friday estimates and early weekend estimates will be published here on Saturday morning.

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