Box Office: ‘Sausage Party’ Earns $33.6 Million, ‘Suicide Squad’ Still No. 1
Animated R-rated comedy Sausage Party brought the heat this weekend with a $33.6 million debut. But it wasn’t enough to dethrone last weekend’s box office champ, as Suicide Squad remained the No. 1 movie in the country with $43.8 million.
However, the news wasn’t all good for Suicide Squad. Despite remaining at No. 1, it suffered a 67% drop from last weekend. This is one of the biggest week-to-week drops for any superhero movie in history, joining Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which suffered a 69% drop back in March. Of course, the movie isn’t exactly strapped for cash, as the worldwide box office for Suicide Squad has reached $465.4 million following a strong $58.7 million gross from 62 international markets.
As for the weekend’s No. 2 movie, Sausage Party surprised a lot of people with its $33.6 million gross. The movie was made for just $19 million, which means this is likely to land in the win column for writers/producers Seth Rogen and Adam Goldberg, and for Sony and Annapurna Pictures. If nothing else, it has illustrated that the end of summer doesn’t have to mean the inability of original IPs to gain traction. If anything, it means the opposite. The relatively thin competition this weekend, coupled with strong reviews and even stronger marketing, allowed Sausage Party to really make a dent where it otherwise might not have.
At the very least, Sausage Party was a bigger hit with audiences that Disney’s remake of the 1977 classic Pete’s Dragon. The live-action film earned an underwhelming $21.5 million to land at No. 3, despite being the first new family film in theaters since July. The movie cost $65 million to make, so profitability is a long way off. Meanwhile, Florence Foster Jenkins debuted at No. 8 with $6.6 million. Granted, the movie, like Sausage Party, cost just $19 million to make, so its threshold for success is much lower than something like Pete’s Dragon.
The rest of the top five was rounded out by Jason Bourne, which earned $13.8 million, and Bad Moms, which brought in $11.4 million. So action is still very much in this summer, and comedies continue gaining traction as we near the end of the season. Not much of a surprise, actually.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 08/15/2016
1. Suicide Squad ($43.5 million)
2. Sausage Party ($34.3 million)
3. Pete’s Dragon ($21.5 million)
4. Jason Bourne ($13.8 million)
5. Bad Moms ($11.4 million)
6. The Secret Life of Pets ($9.1 million)
7. Star Trek Beyond ($6.9 million)
8. Florence Foster Jenkins ($6.6 million)
9. Nine Lives ($3.5 million)
10. Lights Out ($3.2 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the theaters this weekend, and what do you want to see at the movies in the weeks to come? Sound off in the comments!
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