'Sausage Party' feasts on the box office

by Wade Massey August 15, 2016, 0:10

That's a 67 percent drop from its $133.7 million opening weekend, which set a new record for an August debut.

So it appears that while "Suicide Squad" has already brought in more than $465 million worldwide for Warner Bros., its bad reviews are starting to catch up with it.

The debut for film, which stars Seth Rogen as a hot dog named (yup, you guessed it) Frank, was also almost double the comedy's $19 million budget.

Sausage Party, the R-rated animated comedy from Sony and Annapurna, cooked up an estimated $3.3 million from 2,632 locations Thursday night.

Disney's CG/live-action hybrid Pete's Dragon skipped Thursday night previews, but also is opening wide this weekend and is projected to debut in the mid-$25 million range. Florence Foster Jenkins is now playing in 1,528 theatres and is expected to hit the $6 million dollar mark.

Paramount has to be concerned, though, as Star Trek Beyond has earned only $139.67 million in the domestic box office and $71 million more internationally.

It's really hard to say this hasn't been the summer of animation with Sausage Party's early success and the staying power of The Secret Lives Of Pets.

Animated films have been big hits this summer as the comic book movies opened up earlier in the year and closer to the end of the vacation months. If those numbers are accurate, that would mean Suicide Squad would suffer from a 66% dropoff, which is better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's 69% decline, but unfortunately, Suicide Squad is in a direct tie with BVS in the Rotten Tomato rankings.

Sony Pictures Entertainment is relishing a big, and quite surprising, weekend at the box office.


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