‘Suicide Squad’ Continues Reign at the U.S. Box Office

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad continues its hold on the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row. The film made an additional $20.7 million this past weekend, bringing its current total to $262.3 million.

Sausage Party came in second with $15.3 million while Jonah Hill and Miles Teller’s new film War Dogs debuted in third with $14.3 million. Coming in fourth was the animated adventure Kubo & the Two Strings (which features the voices of Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, and Rooney Mara), and Disney’s Pete’s Dragon fell to fifth in its second week with $11.3 million.

Also worthy of a mention was Ben-Hur, which opened in sixth. The film only brought in $11.2 million (with a production budget of $100 million) and has been panned by critics (some of which have labeled it worst film of the year). Overseas, it grossed $10.7 million for a global debut of $22 million – preforming the best in Mexico and Brazil.

“This has definitely been a rough summer for remakes and sequels,” said Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount.

“This is the epic fail of the summer,” Jeff Bock (Exhibitor Relations senior box-office analyst) said to USA Today. “Don’t remake a film that won Best Picture. They still teach Ben-Hur in film school. Hopefully, this is a lesson for Hollywood.”

95% of the movie-going audience that saw Ben-Hur was over the age of 25, and the film skewed slightly female at 51%.

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