Weekend Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Crashes, Suicide Squad’ Still on Top

Aug. 19-21 Estimates

Made for a hefty $100 million, Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur earned just $11.4 million in its first weekend of release, getting beat by a pair of smaller new films, War Dogs and Kubo and the Two Strings, while holdovers Suicide Squad and Sausage Party stay No. 1 and No. 2.

Will Smith– and Margot Robbie-starring DC Comics vehicle won a third straight weekend at the box office with a three-day total of $20.7 million to bring its domestic total of $262.3 million.

The second spot went to Sony Pictures‘ raunchy animated Sausage Party, which earned $15.3 million for a strong 10-day domestic total of $65.3 million.

Warner Bros.’ War Dogs opened in third place with an estimated $14.3 million, receiving a B CinemaScore from audiences, while the animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings, came in fourth with $12.6 million, grabbing an A CinemaScore. Kubo is the lowest opening for a Laika and Focus collaboration, trailing The Boxtrolls ($17.3 million), Coraline ($16.8 million), and ParaNorman ($14 million).

Rounding out the top five is reimagining of Lew Wallace’s novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” the latest sword-and-sandal movie to underperform, while audiences graded the chariot racing epic an A- at CinemaScore. I really hope Toby Kebbell‘s career recovers. Those days of epics with religious dogma are pretty much over.

Check out the Aug. 19-21 box office estimates below.

1. Suicide Squad — $20.7 million ($262.2 mil.)
2. Sausage Party — $15.3 million ($65.3 mil.)
3. War Dogs — $14.3 million
4. Kubo and the Two Strings — $12.6 million
5. Ben-Hur — $11.35 million
6. Pete’s Dragon — $11.33 million ($42.8 mil.)
7. Bad Moms — $8 million ($85.8 mil.)
8. Jason Bourne — $7.9 million ($140.8 mil.)
9. The Secret Life of Pets — $5.7 million ($346.7 mil.)
10. Florence Foster Jenkins — $4.3 million ($14.4 mil.)

In limited release: Natalie Portman‘s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness took $36,000 on two screens, while Morris from America pulled in $17,000 from two theaters.