Suicide Squad may have secured the top spot at the Box Office this weekend, but it’s Sausage Party that has cause for celebration. The R-rated animated pic from writer-producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg came in ahead of predictions with $33.6 million from 3,103 theaters (a sum that could rise to $34M by the end of the day) to secure the biggest opening for an R-rated comedy in over a year and surpass 2013’s Planes as the highest grossing animated movie in August. It also easily became the highest grossing R-rated animated movie of all time, which isn’t surprising considering the rarity of the genre, but all the same, Sausage Party easily defeated previous record holder Team America: World Police which opened to $12.1M in 2004 (around $15.4M, adjusted for inflation).
Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon directed the raunchy comedy, which earned critical acclaim but only a B CinemaScore from audiences (not too surprising when you consider the subject matter). Sausage Party features the voices of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek and Nick Kroll as various foodstuffs who learn the gruesome truth about what happens when you leave the grocery store (aka, you get ‘et).
While Sausage Party overperformed, Suicide Squad fell a bit below predictions, suffering a 67% drop in its second weekend with $43.8M from 4,255 theaters. Following in the footsteps of Batman v Superman (which fell 69%), it’s one of the biggest second frame declines for a studio superhero movie. All the same, David Ayer‘s hotly debated DCEU entry snagged another week in the #1 spot, and sharing another quality with Batman v Superman, the film has already amassed an impressive box office sum. Suicide Squad now stands at $465.4M worldwide, with $222.9M domestically and $242.5M internationally, where this weekend’s numbers tallied another $58.7M from 62 markets.
If Suicide Squad fell short of expectations, the weekend’s biggest disappointment was Disney’s lovely Pete’s Dragon remake, which mustered only $21.5M from 3,702 theaters in its opening weekend (on a $65M budget) to take the third spot. Directed by David Lowery, the CGI/Live-action hybrid remake of the 1977 family film stars Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley and Karl Urban. The good news is that the film is a hit with critics and audiences alike, holding an 86% on RottenTomatoes and earning a glowing A cinemascore, which bodes well for possible word-of-mouth legs at the Box Office. But it’s yet another reminder that audiences have tired of sequels, remakes and retreads – even the good ones.
The weekend’s third new release, Stephen Frears‘ Florence Foster Jenkins, which stars Meryl Streep as a real-life New York heiress who bought her way to her dream of singing at Carnegie Hall, opened to a slight $6.6M in 1,528 locations.
Universal’s Jason Bourne added another $13.6M, coming in fourth at the weekend Box Office and pushing its domestic cume to $126.8M. Rounding out the Top 5 is STX Entertainment’s raunchy female-led comedy Bad Moms, which pulled in another $11.4M. That brings the fledgling studio’s breakout summer hit to $71.5M, a terrific (and still growing) sum for a $20M budget.
The weekend holds one other lowkey surprise success story with CBS Films/Lionsgate’s Hell or High Water, the critically celebrated Western from director David Mackenzie, which currently holds a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes (read our positive review right here). In only 32 locations, Hell or High Water earned a tremendous $592,000 for a per-screen average of $18,500. Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges lead the film, and the studio plans to keep expanding the film in the coming weeks.
Check out the full Top 10 estimates below.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross||Total Gross|
|6.||The Secret Life of Pets||$8,840,000||$335,942,075|
|7.||Star Trek Beyond||$6,800,000||$139,697,949|
|8.||Florence Foster Jenkins||$6,580,000||$6,580,000|
In the week’s other limited release, Bleecker Street debuted the World War II thriller Anthropoid in 452 theaters, earning $1.2 million.