Box Office Results: Ben-Hur tanks as War Dogs fails to top summer favorites
A trio of new films hit the box-office this weekend, including two new limited-releases. Entering into the box-office charts this week is the “Ben-Hur” remake, the animated adventure “Kubo and the Two Strings,” and the drama “War Dogs”.
While the new films offered moviegoers some new choices at the local box-office, it was the previous releases that continued to dominate the charts. “Suicide Squad” from Warner Bros. took the top-spot this weekend with $20.7M. The film remained in 3,924 locations this week, and has now earned $262.28M domestically since it released three-weeks ago. “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.
“Sausage Party” from Sony Pictures earned an additional $15.32M across 3,103 locations this weekend. The animated-comedy landed at the number-two spot this weekend overall. The film has been a runaway hit for Sony, raking up $65.33M in just two-weeks. “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.
Warner Bros. Pictures also took the third-spot on the domestic charts with the new film “War Dogs,” which grossed the most of the new releases. The comedy/drama debuted to $14.3M this weekend across 3,258 locations. “War Dogs” was directed by Todd Phillips, he also wrote the screenplay along with Stephen Chin. The film stars Jonah Hill, Miles Teller and Steve Lantz.
The animated comedy from Focus, called “Kubo and the Two Strings,” landed in the number-four spot this weekend with $12.61M across 3,260 locations. “Kubo and the Two Strings” was directed by Travis Knight, working off a screenplay written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler. The film features the voice-talents of Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson and Matthew McConaughey.
That leaves “Ben-Hur” from Paramount Pictures, which debuted at the fifth-spot this weekend with a disappointing $11.35M. An extremely poor showing for the debut, despite opening across 3,084 locations. “Ben-Hur” was directed by Timur Bekmambetov, working off a screenplay written by Keith R. Clarke. The film is based on the original novel written by Lew Wallace. The remake stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell and Rodrigo Santoro.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning this weekend are the tie-in for the video-game “Final Fantasy XV” called “Kingsglaive,” and the film “A Tale of Love and Darkness”
“Kingsglaive” took in $114K across 24 locations. “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” another new release from Focus this summer, brought-in $36K in just two locations.
Next week will add another trio of new films, including the horror-thriller “Don’t Breathe” and the drama “Hands of Stone.” The action-thriller “Mechanic: Resurrection” will also release nationwide next week. At the limited box-office moviegoers will find “Greater,” “The Sea of Trees” in New York and L.A., and “Southside with You.”