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Weekend Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Crashes Chariot With $11.4M Opening

Holdovers ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Sausage Party’ stay No. 1 and No. 2, respectively; Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ finally opens during specialty box office, while ‘Hell or High Water’ continues to impress.

Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur was close out of a box-office chariot competition this weekend, debuting to a small $11.4 million from 3,804 theaters notwithstanding a large prolongation of scarcely $100 million and removing kick by a span of smaller new films, War Dogs and Kubo and a Two Strings.

Ben-Hur narrowly kick holdover Pete’s Dragon to place No. 5.

Overall, Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad stayed No. 1 in a third weekend, grossing $20.7 million from 3,924 theaters for a domestic cume of $262.3 million. Overseas, a anti-superhero film upheld a $300 million symbol after earning another $38 million from 64 markets for a tellurian sum of $572.7 million.

But that wasn’t adequate to best Illumination Entertainment and Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets internationally. The animation tentpole, that is rolling out abroad some-more slowly, dethroned Suicide Squad to win a unfamiliar weekend competition with $45 million, putting a worldwide sum during $674.5 million.

Back in North America, Sausage Party, from Sony and Annapurna Pictures, took second place with $15.3 million from 3,103 locations for a clever 10-day domestic total of $65.9 million. the R-rated charcterised comedy dipped 55 percent.

Ben-Hur — that was slammed by critics though warranted an A- CinemaScore — is a latest sword-and-sandal film to underperform. It also hoped to wow faith-based moviegoers, though even that bid lagged. (The film depends Hollywood Christians Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, a producing group behind a 2014 strike film Son of God and a 2013 miniseries The Bible, among a executive producers.)

MGM partnered with Paramount in creation Ben-Hur and put adult a infancy of a financing, or 80 percent. Overseas, a epic rolled out in about a third of a marketplace, grossing $10.7 million for a tellurian start of $22 million. It achieved best in Mexico and Brazil.

“This has really been a severe summer for remakes and sequels,” pronounced Rob Moore, clamp authority of Paramount.

Younger moviegoers had probably no seductiveness in saying Ben-Hur. According to MGM and Paramount, 95 percent of a assembly was over a age of 25. The film lopsided somewhat womanlike (51 percent).

Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi and Morgan Freeman star in a pic, a reimagining of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of a Christ and not a reconstitute of a classical 1959 film. (Burnett has billed a film as a “story of redemption with an underlying story of Jesus.”)

Paramount’s Noah (2014) and Fox’s Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) were further big-budget offerings that hoped to interest to all demos, including faith-based moviegoers. Noah non-stop to a plain $47 million, while Exodus: Gods and Kings took in usually $24 million.

Todd Phillips’ initial film given the Hangover trilogy, War Dogs, non-stop in third place with $14.3 million from 3,258 theaters. The fight dramedy, that warranted a B CinemaScore, stars Miles Teller and Jonah Hill and is loosely formed on a loyal story of dual immature Florida group who became general arms dealers during a Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“There’s no doubt this was a passion for Todd. It’s intelligent and quirky, and these dual actors incited in a good performance,” pronounced Warner Bros. domestic placement arch Jeff Goldstein, who combined that he’s also ecstatic with Suicide Squad, that will assistance broach a record Aug in terms of attention box-office revenue.

War Dogs, not surprisingly, drew some-more males (56 percent), while 51 percent of sheet buyers were over a age of 35.

Internationally, a pic debuted to $6.5 million from 31 markets for a tellurian crawl of $20.8 million. War Dogs cost only underneath $50 million to make.

The well-reviewed Kubo and a Two Strings, that grabbed an A CinemaScore, placed No. 4 with an $12.6 million entrance from 3,260 theaters. It’s a lowest opening for a Laika and Focus collaboration.

Kubo centers on a immature child who embarks on a query to clear a tip of his bequest and perform his drastic destiny. Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rooney Mara and Matthew McConaughey star as a voice cast.

Pete’s Dragon, from Disney, took in another $11.33 million for a domestic sum of $42.9 million and a tellurian cume of $57.1 million.

The critically acclaimed heist film Hell or High Water, from CBS Films and Lionsgate, continued to do good business in a singular rollout, grossing $2.7 million as it stretched from 32 theaters to a sum of 472 for an early domestic sum of $3.5 million. The movie, billed as a modern-day Western, is scoring in both art houses and in theaters opposite a Southwest and a South. Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster star.

Also during a specialty box office, Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, finally non-stop some-more than a year after premiering during a 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The chronological biographical film, in that Portman also stars, debuted to $36,000 from dual theaters in New York and Los Angeles for an normal of $18,000.

Focus Features’ multiplication Focus World, a theatrical-VOD label, is doing Love and Darkness.

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