Aug 23, 2016

    Ben-Hur derails but Suicide Squad still on a roll


    SUICIDE Squad held on for a third straight week as

    the top money-maker

    at North American box offices, easily brushing off the competition, industry estimates showed

    on Sunday.

    Ben-Hur bombed on its debut.

    Suicide Squad has not been a favourite with critics but moviegoers plunked down US$20.7 million (S$28 million) over the weekend to see Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie play a band of criminals hired to carry

    out secret missions.

    Since it opened three weeks ago, it has earned US$262.3 million.

    Trailing at number two for a second week was Sausage Party, the raunchy animated comedy with

    Seth Rogan as the leading voice. It made US$15.3 million, down from last week's US$34.3 million.

    War Dogs, a new release with Jonah Hill and

    Miles Teller, opened

    in third place with

    US$14.3 million sales.

    A comedy-drama about two arms dealers in over their heads supplying weapons to United States forces in Iraq, its blend

    of light entertainment

    and serious subject matter got mixed reviews.

    Kubo And The Two Strings landed in

    fourth place on its

    first weekend out,

    pulling in US$12.6 million.

    Praised as visually stunning, the 3D stop motion adventure fantasy set in ancient Japan is

    about a one-eyed boy

    who must battle the gods with a magical instrument.

    The remake of Ben-Hur earned US$11.4 million

    and came in fifth place.

    The US$100 million epic with Jack Huston as the chariot-racing Jewish nobleman Judah Ben-Hur "derailed spectacularly" because it was apparently unable to get beyond its core Christian audience, Variety said.