I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but I’m starting to spot a pattern here. Batman v Superman got the crowds at Comic-Con foaming at the mouth in excitement with an awesome trailer, only for the movie to get very divisive reviews. This didn’t matter when the movie released though, as it had a gigantic opening weekend in the US. However, it’s second week of release saw it drop massively in the States, though it still retained it’s top spot, while cleaning up at the international box office as well. Now take that previous paragraph and replace Batman v Superman with Suicide Squad and you have this week’s box office report.
The latest DC Comics movie added $43.7 million in its sophomore week, which is a 67% drop (BvS plummeted 69%) from its record breaking $135 million opening weekend. That was still enough to hold off the competition though, leaving it top of the US box office. A position it repeated globally as its international box office receipts brought in $58.7 million. Those figures now give it a domestic tally of $222.8 million, while globally its sitting on $465.3 million. That’s certainly a fair amount of cash, but if reports are to believed it needs to still make a whole lot more to earn a profit for Warner Bros. And if history keeps repeating itself, Suicide Squad will see another big drop in its third week.
In the battle for second place, we had a few contenders this week, but it appears that Americans like dirty sausages more than they like friendly dragons. Go figure. Seth Rogen’s R-rated animated raunchfest Sausage Fest was the biggest of the weekend’s new entries, pulling in a 2nd place worthy $33.6 million debut. That’s a pretty good figure for an adults only animated movie (meaning a limited demographic), and since the film only had a $19 million budget, its basically guaranteed to be a huge commercial success. Reviews are looking pretty great too.
Meanwhile, Disney’s live-action remake of Pete’s Dragon has also been pulling glowing reviews from all over (including my own), but it couldn’t quite mimic that critical success commercially. The fantasy adventure film opened to a sum of $21.5 million, which way below what Disney would have liked to pull in. Its performance is actually trailing behind that of Disney’s other recent live-action/animation fantasy adventure, The BFG, and that film has become a huge box office bomb, despite director Steven Spielberg’s famous name attached to it, or the overall great reviews. Pete’s Dragon’s $65 million budget is less than half of The BFG‘s $145 million price tag, and that could save it from the same bombing fate.
The only other new release of the weekend was the Meryl Streep fronted Florence Foster Jenkins. The biopic comedy-drama about a wealthy New York heiress who became an opera singer despite having zero talent was never expected to compete with the other big blockbuster film releases, but I suspect its $6.5 million opening is still a bit lower than studio expectations. It has strong word of mouth, but it will need to up its game when it opens internationally if it intends to make back its $19 million budget.
Here’s what is happening on the rest of the US charts.
- 01. Suicide Squad – $43.7 million (LW: 1)
- 02. Sausage Party – $33.6 million (NE)
- 03. Pete’s Dragon – $21.5 million (NE)
- 04. Jason Bourne – $13.6 million (LW: 3)
- 05. Bad Moms – $11.4 million (LW: 3)
- 06. The Secret Life of Pets – $8.8 million (LW: 4)
- 07. Star Trek Beyond – $6.8 million (LW: 5)
- 08. Florence Foster Jenkins – $6.5 million (NE)
- 09. Nine Lives – $3.5 million (LW: 6)
- 10. Lights Out – $3.2 million (LW: 7)
And with that, we say goodbye to Ghostbusters off the US top 10 chart. We’ll have a full article tomorrow on the all-female remake’s commercial woes, but it’s safe to say that it’s been rather disappointing.
(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)
Last Updated: August 15, 2016