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Weekend Box Office Report: August 19-21, 2016

08.21.2016

Suicide Squad is still #1!

The team of sundry super-criminals led the box office for a third straight weekend as SUICIDE SQUAD remained in first place with an estimated $20.7 million!

Granted, the latest DC Comics adaptation didn't exactly face much serious competition in August, but the other 2016 releases to successfully hold the top spot for three weeks were family-friendly movies ZOOTOPIA, THE JUNGLE BOOK and FINDING DORY, plus fellow adult-themed anti-hero DEADPOOL (the only R-rated entry in the bunch).

SUICIDE SQUAD has also crossed $300 million in international business, giving the David Ayer-directed PG-13 action movie a worldwide total of $572 million.

Hanging in second place was SAUSAGE PARTY with $15.3 million, a drop of 55% from last week's opening. The R-rated animated comedy from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg has a 10-day domestic total of $65.3 million on a reported cost of $19 million.

Opening in third place was the new Miles Teller/Jonah Hill R-rated comedy WAR DOGS with $14.3 million. The ostensibly fact-based movie from THE HANGOVER director Todd Phillips cost a reported $40 million, and was under the gun from critics with 59% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In fourth was the new stop-motion animated fantasy KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS with an opening of $12.6 million. Although it scored an exceptional 96% average from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, the $60 million adventure from studio Laika lagged behind the opening weekends of their previous releases CORALINE ($16.8 million), PARANORMAN ($14 million) and THE BOXTROLLS ($17.2 million).

The weekend's other new release was the historical epic BEN-HUR, which opened in fifth place with $11.3 million. The $100 million action-drama from WANTED and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER director Timur Bekmambetov was left in the dust by critics with 29% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Disney's update of PETE'S DRAGON moved to sixth with $11.3 million, losing 47% from a third place opening last weekend. The PG-rated live-action version of the studio's family tale has a domestic total of $42.8 million after ten days (it cost a reported $60 million).

The R-rated comedy BAD MOMS continued its strong performance in seventh with another $8 million for a domestic total of $85 million after four weekends (on a $20 million budget). It placed just ahead of a movie it opened against, the Matt Damon sequel JASON BOURNE, which came in eighth with $7.9 million for a domestic total of $140.8 million.

In ninth place was the animated hit THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS with $5.7 million and a worldwide total that has climbed to $675 million. The Meryl Streep comedy-drama FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS was at the bottom of the list with $4.3 million, down only 34% from its opening on 1500 screens last week.

Outside the chart, STAR TREK BEYOND drifted into the void, NINE LIVES were all used up, and LIGHTS OUT stepped into the shadows. In limited release, the modern Western HELL OR HIGH WATER expanded onto 472 screens and made $2.6 million.

Next weekend offers a trio of R-rated releases as Jason Statham shoots a lot of people in the sequel MECHANIC: RESURRECTION, a blind Stephen Lang slaughters home invaders in the thriller DON'T BREATHE, and Robert De Niro teaches Edgar Ramirez how to punch in the boxing drama HANDS OF STONE.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Suicide Squad $20.7 M $262.2 M
2. Sausage Party $15.3 M $65.3 M
3. War Dogs $14.3 M
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4. Kubo and the Two Strings $12.6 M
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5. Ben-Hur $11.3 M
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6. Pete's Dragon $11.3 M $42.8 M
7. Bad Moms $8 M $85.8 M
8. Jason Bourne $7.9 M $140.8 M
9. The Secret Life of Pets $5.7 M $346.7 M
10. Florence Foster Jenkins $4.3 M $14.4 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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