Newswire: Weekend Box Office: This is not our Independence Day

Hold the fireworks, Fox. Your attempt to move the 4th of July up a week may have exploded in your face, like a certain iconic Washington D.C. structure. Independence Day: Resurgence, Roland Emmerich’s belated sequel to his seminal summer tentpole, opened on Friday, a full 10 days ahead of the holiday for which it’s named. But rather than capitalizing on the absence of a Transformers movie in that prime summer real estate, the film debuted to only $41.6 million—less, in other words, than what the original made in its first weekend, a full 20 years ago. Tickets were cheaper back then, you may remember. For one thing, there was no option to pay extra for some plastic glasses that give you a headache and make everything look a little like a classroom diorama.

Was it bad reviews that shot down Emmerich’s blockbuster? Did the …

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