Box Office Results - 'Kubo and the Two Strings', 'War Dogs' and 'Ben Hur'
*Sigh*....Two losses this week. I guess I'm just too optimistic, that, or I just completely forgot that this weekend is the last weekend of summer before school and maybe people were too busy preparing for that to show up to any of the three new releases. I don't know.
The highest any new release got this weekend was third place. Warner Bros' War Dogs nabbed the bronze with $14.6 million. I guessed $15 million so I was pretty much right on the money. The film cost in the $45 million range, so this was a pretty modest weekend, not terrible, but definitely not great. The film is going to have to be pretty leggy if it wants to recoup its budget, which probably won't happen as audiences don't seem to be warming up to it much. I'm guessing it barely makes it to $45 million and closes shop in the states.
Right below it in fourth place we have Laika's Kubo and the Two Strings. The critically-acclaimed animated film brought in $12.6 million. That's the lowest opening weekend for Laika yet, which makes me a bit sad. It might be because the film wasn't heavily marketed, but still, I wish audiences would do a bit of research as they would have likely found this gem. I have a feeling the film will have excellent holds though, and it might do pretty well at the foreign box office, so all is not lost.
Here I was thinking The BFG had sealed the deal as the biggest financial disappointment of the summer, boy was I wrong. Ben Hur was a glorified box office bomb this weekend; it mustered a feeble $11.2 million. For a film that cost a reported $100 million, that's not good at all. I guessed a not-much-better $15 million, thinking that the name alone would do a bit of leg-work for it. What's unfortunate is that I doubt this film will hold up well at all. In the end I don't see it making it past $30 million.
In holdover news; Suicide Squad held onto the top spot despite dropping another 52%. The DC film picked up another $20.8 million for a total so far of $262 million. At least it's now a certainty that the film is holding up better than Batman V Superman and just might make it to $300 million if it continues to stabilize. Sony's Sausage Party also held onto the #2 spot, pocketing another $15 million for a running total of $65 million. The film has a decent shot at crossing the century mark and is a much-needed hit for the Sony's ailing studio.
Pete's Dragon dropped 47% bringing in another $11 million. The Disney film has brought in $43 million so far and though that's not much, the film is holding well and the budget was very conservative for a film of this ilk. To put things in perspective as to how poorly Ben Hur is performing; Pete's Dragon had a low opening weekend, and still managed to place higher in it's second weekend that Ben Hur did in it's first. Ouch.
This was another rough week for me, but at least I got one of 'em. Catch me on Wednesday when I attempt to predict the opening weekends for Don't Breathe, Hand of Stone and Mechanic: Resurrection.
Source: box office mojo