Box Office: ‘Suicide Squad’ falls hard to ‘Sausage Party’
$TWX, $LGF, $SNE, $VIA, $CBS, $CMCSA
‘Suicide Squad’ falls in its 2nd frame outing, as it approaches $500-M worldwide
Sausage Party came in ahead of predictions to score the best opening for an R-rated comedy in at least a year with $33.6-M from 3,103 theaters.
Originality paid off big time for Sausage Party in a season otherwise dominated by sequels/remakes that have disappointed.
Suicide Squad claimed the weekend crown with $43.8 million from 4,255 theaters, a 67% drop from the $133.7-M box office hall last weekend. It is one of the biggest declines for a studio superhero movie, and for Warner Bros. and DC, it is deja vu all over again after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice tumbled 69% earlier this year in its 2nd frame.
The film has now earned $465.4-M worldwide, including $222.9-M domestically and $242.5-M overseas, where it took in another $58.7-M over the weekend from 62 markets.
Sausage Party, which cost just $19-M to make, is a needed boost for Sony (NYSE:SNE) and another win for Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, which developed the project.
Overall, R-rated comedies have been in a slump. Sausage Party, a pic about a brave sausage who is determined to find out what happens to hot dogs once they leave the grocery store shelf, is an exception. Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon directed the raunchy movie, which drew strong reviews but only a B CinemaScore from audiences.
Stephen Frears directed the film, which is based on the real-life story of a New York heiress who bought a career as an opera star only to be ridiculed.
Produced by Pathe and BBC Films and distributed by Paramount, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA), Florence Foster Jenkins, earned an A- CinemaScore and skewed female (61%) at the box office.
CBS Films, a unit of CBS (NYSE:CBS) and distribution partner Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) scored at the specialty box office with director David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water, the critically acclaimed heist thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Gil Birmingham. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment developed, co-financed and co-produced the film with OddLot Entertainment.
The modern-day Western, opening in art house theaters in New York and Los Angeles, and in commercial theaters in the Southwest, debuted to $592,000 from 31 locations for a strong location average of $18,500. Hell or High Water, which got a jump on awards season by opening ahead of Fall films, boasts a 99% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Universal’s Jason Bourne placed # 4 behind Suicide Squad, Sausage Party in its 3rd weekend for a domestic box office take of $126.8-M.
And STX Entertainment’s female comedy Bad Moms rounded out the Top 5, falling just 18% in its 3rd weekend to $11.5-M for a domestic total of $71.5-M overcoming the R-rated comedy stigma.
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