In theory, waiting 20 years to release a sequel should elicit some excitement, but unfortunately, it only seems to work if you make a good movie.
Holding on to the No.1 spot this weekend in commanding fashion is "Finding Dory," bringing in an estimated $73 million in its second weekend. This strong sophomore weekend pushed Pixar's latest to more than $286 million domestically.
After just 10 days in theaters, "Finding Dory" is already the sixth highest grossing film of 2016, and many are predicting it'll be No. 1 soon enough.
In order to do that, though, it's going to have to catch up to its studio partner "Captain America: Civil War" — which has brought in almost $404 million in domestic ticket sales so far and is still in theaters.
Luckily for the good folks at Disney studios, it's all their money anyway. And now, the not-so-good news.
This movie had bigger ships and bigger aliens than its predecessor but a smaller debut. Taking a very non-blockbuster-like bow at No. 2 is "Independence Day: Resurgence," earning almost $42 million. That's a long way from the $165 million Fox paid to destroy some new landmarks.
In fact, it's actually a smaller debut than the original "Independence Day" — you know, the one that came out 20 years ago.
So what happened? In the past, we've seen this formula work just fine.
But unlike, say, "Jurassic World" and even "Finding Dory," "Independence Day: Resurgence" was terrible.
"One of the worst sequels, one of the worst films I have experienced in my young life," Mark Ellis of Schmoes Know said.
"... one of the most ridiculous finales in a sci-fi movie in recent years," IGN's Lucy O'Brien said.
Well, at least we've still got the speech.
As for next week, "Purge 3," featuring some not-so-subtle Donald Trump references.