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‘Ben-Hur’ Bombs, Leaving ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Sausage Party’ at #1 and #2

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[dropcap]S[/dropcap]uicide Squad held onto first place on the revenue chart for domestic theaters for the third consecutive weekend, but the pace of sales was less than blistering with a $20.7 million take, a sharp drop from the previous weekend’s $57.8 million. Remaining in second place, Seth Rogan‘s Sausage Party managed a take of $15.3 million in domestic, about half what it earned the previous week. Certainly, the dog days of summer have hit the nation’s theaters.

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The Joker wonders what the heck went wrong with ‘Suicide Squad.’

Traditionally, late August is when the big studios hold back on blockbuster releases, owing to the nationwide mindset focused on back to school sales. This week’s release schedule includes the horror thriller Don’t Breathe, boxing flick Hands of Stone and Jason Statham vehicle Mechanic: Resurrection and among the three films, the average will be a release in a less than impressive 2,300 theaters. Suicide Squad, by contrast, opened in more than 4,250 theaters and three weekends out is still available in 3,924 theaters.

Of course, this was the weekend sweaty gladiators from the distant past in Ben-Hur were supposed to gallop to the front of the line. Bad idea for a belated remake, Ben-Hur opened in 3,084 domestic theaters and scrapped together a paltry $11.3 million at the box office. That’s an insipid figure given the $100 million that it took to make the picture.

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Looks, but no substance.

Ben-Hur was given a Bronx Cheer by Rotten Tomatoes, which tabulates reviews and came up with a 28 percent approval rating for what is being called a remake of a 1959 classic. But guess what? Age doesn’t do to movies what it does to wine. That 1959 picture staring Charlton Heston and Jack Hawkins was no more a classic than the Ed Wood bomb Plan 9 from Outer Space. The word “epic” isn’t a synonym for “classic” either, by the way.

For now – and likely for a while – we’re stuck with Suicide Squad and Sausage Party as No. 1 and 2. War Dogs took in $14.3 million to rank third for the domestic weekend. Kubo and the Two Strings took in $12.6 million at No. 4. Ben-Hur was $1.3 million behind that with a take of $11.3 million.

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Kubo and the Two Strings fared well with the critics.

The rest of the top 10 included Pete’s Dragon ($11.3 million), Bad Moms ($8 million), Jason Bourne ($7.9 million), The Secret Life of Pets ($5.7 million) and Florence Foster Jenkins ($4.3 million), which might not be enough to pay the film’s two stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

Related: Review: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is a Well-Tuned Masterpiece

What does Rotten Tomatoes have to say about all this? Among the top 10, the highest rated film according to critics (what do we know?) starts with Kubo and the Two Strings with a 96 percent approval rating. That’s followed by Pete’s Dragon (87 percent), Florence Foster Jenkins (86 percent), Sausage Party (82 percent), The Secret Life of Pets (74 percent), Bad Moms (62 percent), War Dogs (58 percent), Jason Bourne (57 percent), Ben-Hur (29 percent) and Suicide Squad (26 percent).

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Ocean’s 8 Snatches Box Office Top Slot

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Box Office Report June 8-10, 2018

Ocean’s 8, the all-female remake of the heist picture Ocean’s 8, made a strong debut for its first weekend. The film starring the likes of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway brought in $41.5 million. Considering the budget of $70 million, the movie still has a few weeks to go before breaking even.

Summer tentpoles are still lingering and are certainly not going to be leaving the top 10 any weekend soon. Solo: A Star Wars Story, despite a surprisingly low debut gross, remains at #2 with a weekend gross of $15.1 million, bringing its total to $176 million. Not bad for your average summer film, but significantly disappointing for a Star Wars movie that usually brings in a hefty sum. Just beneath it in the rankings is Deadpool 2, the superhero satire starring Ryan Reynolds, making $13.6 million for a total so far of $278 million. And Avengers: Infinity War continues to stay in the top 10 with another $6.8 million, adding to its already epic total amount of $654 million. It may be well on its way to toppling 2018’s other superhero blockbuster, Black Panther, which as it happens is just one million away from making $700 million domestic. Infinity War is, however, only $2 million away from reaching $2 billion worldwide.

The two other new films this weekend were lost in the dust, though they may gain a small following. Hereditary, a surprising new horror form studio A24, debuted in under 3,000 theaters but came in at #4 for the weekend with a $13 million gross. Considering the good word of mouth the film has been getting, and an electrified ad campaign of being the “scariest movie ever”, it may be sticking around in the top 10 for quite some time. Also debuting much lower is the sci-fi noir picture, Hotel Artemis, coming in at #8 with a small $3.1 million take.

Read the full top 10 below:
Ocean’s 8 ($41,500,000)
Solo: A Star Wars Story ($15,154,000)
Deadpool 2 ($13,650,000)
Hereditary ($13,037,336)
Avengers: Infinity War ($6,836,000)
Adrift ($5,050,000)
Book Club ($4,200,000)
Hotel Artemis ($3,151,118)
Upgrade ($2,220,000)
Life of the Party ($2,105,000)

Next weekend’s new films will include Pixar’s long-awaited superhero sequel The Incredibles 2, the based-on-a-true-story comedy Tag, and the modern remake of blaxploitation classic Superfly. Considering the wealth of fans for The Incredibles, the 4,200 theaters it will be debuting in, and the projected massive take, it’s clear as crystal who will be next weekend’s winner of the top slot.


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Solo Box Office Dwindles in the Second Weekend

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A Star Wars film usually brings about a strong box office, from the groundbreaking blockbuster of the 1977 original to even the prequel films of the early 2000s. But Solo: A Star Wars Story is shaping up to be the most underwhelming of Star Wars pictures, with the exception of 2008’s animated Clone Wars movie. In its second weekend, the Star Wars side-story prequel pulled in $29.2 million, a steep drop of 65% from the previous weekend. This brings the domestic total up to $148 million, considerably low for a Star Wars movie, especially when the last Star Wars Story entry made $286 million in this amount of time.

Solo’s low box office could also be attributed to the butting up of other blockbusters. Deadpool 2, Marvel’s silly anti-hero in its third weekend, brought in $23 million to bring its domestic total to $254 million. Marvel’s other superhero juggernaut, Avengers: Infinity War, made $10 million to boost its beefy domestic total to $642 million. Despite strong openings from these two films, it’s looking as though their box office takes are going to be hindered by the coming weeks of more chart-stealing summer movies.

The new movies for the weekend blanketed the box office chart in various positions. Adrift, the survival drama starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin came in at #3 with a weekend total of $11.5 million. Upgrade, the bloody sci-fi horror from Blumhouse, arrived at #6 with $4.4 million. And all the way down at #9 is Action Point, the slapstick comedy starring Johnny Knoxville, making only $2.3 million in its debut.

Full box office results are listed below.

  1. Solo: A Star Wars Movie ($29,296,000)
  2. Deadpool 2 ($23,325,000)
  3. Adrift ($11,510,000)
  4. Avengers: Infinity War ($10,371,000)
  5. Book Club ($6,800,000)
  6. Upgrade ($4,458,000)
  7. Life of the Party ($3,455,000)
  8. Breaking In ($2,815,000)
  9. Action Point ($2,315,000)
  10. Overboard ($1,975,000)

Next weekend will feature another plentiful crop of films vying for the top slot. Ocean’s 8, the all-female remake of the classic heist film, will smash into 4000 theaters. Hotel Artemis, an all-star cast of a futuristic action picture, will sneak into 2000 theaters. And A24’s sleeper horror hit Hereditary will also be targeting many theaters.


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Deadpool Dethrones Avengers With Triple-Digit Debut

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The first film to knock down Marvel Studio’s towering juggernaut of Avengers: Infinity War from the #1 slot has arrived. It’s no surprise that it would indeed be another superhero movie, but it is surprising by how much it overtook. Deadpool 2, Fox’s Marvel property of a fourth-wall breaking anti-hero that satirizes comic book movies, premiered to a huge first weekend of $125 million domestic. Despite being just a few million dollars short of its previous film, it’s still an impressive achievement for an R-rated Marvel movie that keeps the momentum going both in comedy and box office. Even more impressive is it’s worldwide gross that is currently sitting at a beefy $301 million. Expect it to stick around for such a successful first weekend.

With such a high take from Deadpool, Avengers: Infinity War naturally took a big hit. Dropping by 53%, the blockbuster made only $28.6 million in fourth weekend. It’s still standing tall with a domestic total of $595 million, but it’s doubtful at this point that it’ll reach the same heights as Marvel’s earlier 2018 blockbuster of Black Panther. Other debuts this week were not so lucky with such limited takes. The all-female comedy Book Club premiered at #3 for the weekend with a $12.5 million domestic gross. The family comedy Show Dogs placed at #6 with $6 million in its domestic take.

Returning films are weathering the Marvel storm decently with expected drops. A Quiet Place is still hanging in there with the lowest drop of the weekend, bringing in another $4 million to boost its domestic total up to $176 million, still an amazing gross for the $17 million horror movie that could. The giant monster movie Rampage is clinging to the top 10 in its #9 slot, but it’s not looking good for such expensive blockbuster still so far away from meeting its budget. And RBG, the documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsberg, remains in the #10 spot from last weekend with its domestic total now up to $3.8 million.

View the full top 10 for the weekend below.

Deadpool 2 ($125,000,000)
Avengers: Infinity War ($28,672,000)
Book Club ($12,500,000)
Life of the Party ($7,725,000)
Breaking In ($6,470,000)
Show Dogs ($6,034,770)
Overboard ($4,725,000)
A Quiet Place ($4,040,000)
Rampage ($1,500,000)
RBG ($1,280,000)

Next weekend will pit Deadpool against another anti-hero in Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, the Star Wars side story on Han Solo. It will indeed be interesting to see how a Star Wars movie plays in the summer as the previous three Disney Star Wars productions have all been massive blockbusters in December. For debuting in 4,200 theaters, the pressure is on to see Star Wars topple Marvel.


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