In its second weekend in domestic release, Suicide Squad saw word of mouth and negative reviews truly cause a massive drop in box office numbers. It fell an estimated 67.3 percent from opening weekend, but it was still enough to take the top spot over Seth Rogen’s animated comedy about talking food that simply doesn’t want to die. Sausage Party may not have won first place, but it did enough to surpass Disney’s remake of Pete’s Dragon.
The estimated numbers from Box Office Mojo show a weekend gross of $43.77 million for Suicide Squad which is a massive drop off of its opening three days. Still, the film has racked up an overly impressive $222 million in the United States and more than $465 million worldwide.
That’s not too bad for a film that had a budget of $175 million, but many are now wondering if it will be able to overtake the worldwide earnings of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Sausage Party brought in an impressive $33.6 million for its opening weekend which will surely make Sony happy. Making things even better for them is that the film was able to overtake the opening weekend for Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, a reboot of the 1977 film.
Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep, also opened this weekend and brought in a decent haul with $6.58 million in just over 1,500 theaters.
Paramount has to be concerned, though, as Star Trek Beyond has earned only $139.67 million in the domestic box office and $71 million more internationally. While it has surpassed its $185 million budget, the studio was hoping for much more out of this film and it could put the future of the franchise in jeopardy.
Here are the estimated weekend box office numbers for the dates of August 12-14, 2016.
1. Suicide Squad – $43.77 million
2. Sausage Party – $33.6 million
3. Pete’s Dragon – $21.5 million
4. Jason Bourne – $13.6 million
5. Bad Moms – $11.45 million
6. The Secret Life of Pets – $8.8 million
7. Star Trek Beyond – $6.8 million
8. Florence Foster Jenkins – $6.58 million
9. Nine Lives – $3.5 million
10. Lights Out – $3.2 million
Final numbers are going to be released on Monday. Some things could change here and there, but none of the top films are really close enough to one another to end up changing spots with whatever alterations may be brought on by the final numbers.
It’s really hard to say this hasn’t been the summer of animation with Sausage Party‘s early success and the staying power of The Secret Lives Of Pets. Looking back a little bit further into the summer and Finding Dory is still pulling in money as it has raised its domestic total to over $476 million.
Animated films have been big hits this summer as the comic book movies opened up earlier in the year and closer to the end of the vacation months. It will be interesting to see if the same kind of trend continues throughout the rest of the year.
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