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Box Office Results: Sausage Party stuns Pete’s Dragon

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As the summer of 2016 rushes to a close, studios are stuffing the box-office with the rest of their lineup. Two major releases appear on the box-office charts this week, but there are four limited releases competing for your attention.

Despite all of the new material hitting the box-office this week, “Suicide Squad” from Warner Bros. Pictures remained on top with a $43.77M weekend. This is the second-weekend that the film has been available in theaters, and despite a 67% drop from last week, the film has grossed $222.87M so far. “Suicide Squad” was written and directed by David Ayer, among the many stars of the film are Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Cara Delevingne.

At number-two this weekend is “Sausage Party” from Sony Pictures. The film is the first R-rated CGI film to be released nationally and it paid off well for Sony. The film grossed $33.6M this weekend, opening across 3,103 locations. “Sausage Party” was directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, working off a screenplay written by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. The film features the voice talents of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, James Franco and Selma Hayek.

Disney took a surprising third-place overall with their new film “Pete’s Dragon,” which also opened this weekend. The live-action and CGI hybrid did pull-in $21.5M across 3,702 locations. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” was directed by David Lowery, he also wrote the screenplay with Toby Halbrooks. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford and Oakes Fegley.

Dropping down to fourth-place overall this weekend was “Jason Bourne” from Universal Pictures. The action-thriller earned $13.62M across 3,528 locations. Now in its third weekend in theaters, the film has grossed over $126.78M domestically. “Jason Bourne” was directed by Paul Greengrass, who wrote the script with Christopher Rouse. The film stars Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander.

“Bad Moms” from STX managed to remain in the top-five this weekend as well, the adult-comedy grossed an estimated $11.45M across 3,188 locations. “Bad Moms” was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and stars Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell.

In the limited-release market “Florence Foster Jenkins” did fairly well in its previews, and the film was the highest-grossing and largest limited-release of the week. The film earned $6.58M across 1,528 locations over the weekend. “Florence Foster Jenkins” was directed by Stephen Frears, working off a script written by Nicholas Martin. The film stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg.

The film “Anthropoid” managed to gross over $1.21M in just 452 locations. “Anthropoid” was directed by Sean Ellis, he also wrote the script with Anthony Frewin. The film stars Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy and Brian Caspe.

Also part of the new releases this week was “Hell or High Water” from Lionsgate. The drama grossed $592K across 32 locations this week. “Hell or High Water” was directed by David Mackenzie, the screenplay was written by Taylor Sheridan. The film stars Dale Dickey, Ben Foster and Chris Pine.

Next week will be another showdown as summer draws to a close. The remake of “Ben-Hur” will premiere alongside the family-adventure film “Kubo and the Two Strings”. Also releasing next weekend are “War Dogs” and “A Tale of Love and Darkness”.