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Box Office Flashback: July 12-14, 1996

The top movies at the box office this weekend 15 years ago included action tentpoles, goofy comedies, and a few kiddie flicks. In other words, not much has changed

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1. Independence Day
The alien-invasion blockbuster stayed atop the chart for a second weekend and began Will Smith’s streak of major July smashes like Men in Black (1997), Bad Boys II (2003), I, Robot (2004), and Hancock (2008).
Weekend Gross $35.2M
Final Gross $306.2M
EW Grade B+

2. Phenomenon
Weekend Gross $13.0M
Final Gross $104.6M
EW Grade C-

3. Courage Under Fire
Meg Ryan was known for her rom-com appeal, but this Army drama actually bested the box office of her next feature, the lightweight Addicted to Love (1997, $34.7 million).
Weekend Gross $12.5M
Final Gross $59.0M
EW Grade B+

4. The Nutty Professor
Eddie Murphy’s fat-suit sequel, The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), was also big, but its $123.3 million take couldn’t match the original’s hefty tow.
Weekend Gross $12.2M
Final Gross $128.8M
EW Grade B+

5. Harriet the Spy
Weekend Gross $6.6M
Final Gross $26.6M
EW Grade B+

6. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
After the roaring success of The Lion King (1994, $312.9 million), Hunchback was seen as a financial disappointment for Disney.
Weekend Gross $6.4M
Final Gross $100.1M EW Grade A

7. Eraser
Weekend Gross $6.3M
Final Gross $100.3M
EW Grade B

8. The Rock
Weekend Gross $4.4M
Final Gross $134.1M
EW Grade B-

9. Striptease
Weekend Gross $3.0M
Final Gross $33.1
EW Grade C-

10. Twister
The actionfest blew past all expectations to become the second-highest-grossing film of 1996, behind Independence Day.
Weekend Gross $1.8M
Final Gross $241.7M
EW Grade B

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