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‘Suicide Squad’ crosses $550 mn mark globally; ‘Ben-Hur’ flops

MUMBAI: ‘Suicide Squad,’ the Warner Bros./DC Comics anti-superhero film, has crossed the $550 million mark worldwide. The movie has collected $572.7 million.

Suicide SquadParamount, however, has a major flop on its hands with the remake of ‘Ben-Hur’. The film, it seems, could not expand beyond its core Christian audience in the US. Paramount vice-chairman Rob Moore noted that ‘Ben-Hur’ is the latest in a string of remakes and sequels such as ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ to have failed to draw crowds.

comScore has announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of 21 August, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

comScore’s senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, ” ‘Suicide Squad,’ the Warner Bros./DC Comics anti-superhero film, easily crosses the $500 million mark worldwide with $572.7 million earned through this weekend. Other notable entries on the chart include the $10.7 million international debut for Paramount’s remake of the epic ‘Ben-Hur’ and $6.5 million earned in the international territories for another newcomer, Warner Bros.’ comedy ‘War Dogs.'”

Talking to trade publication ‘Variety’ about ‘Ben-Hur’, Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations, minced no words, “This is the bomb of the summer. They went big and they went home.”

‘Variety’ goes on to note that although MGM put up roughly 80 per cent of the budget for the film, its failure will be felt at Paramount. The studio has had a bad streak at the box office of late, fielding duds such as ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ and ‘Zoolander 2’.

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of 21 August, are:

1. Suicide Squad – Warner Bros. – $58.7 Million
2. Secret Life Of Pets, The – Universal – $50.8 Million
3. Ben-Hur – Paramount Pictures – $22.1 Million
4. War Dogs – Warner Bros. – $20.8 Million
5. Jason Bourne – Universal – $19.3 Million
6. Sausage Party – Sony – $17.4 Million
7. Pete’s Dragon – Disney – $17 Million
8. Line Walker – Multiple – $16.5 Million
9. Star Trek Beyond – Paramount Pictures – $15.3 Million
10. Kubo And The Two Strings – Universal – $13.5 Million
11. Bad Moms – STX Entertainment – $12 Million
12. Tunnel – Showbox / Mediaplex Inc. – $9.6 Million.

The top 12 US weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of 21 August, are:

1. Suicide Squad – Warner Bros. – $20.7 Million
2. Sausage Party – Sony – $15.3 Million
3. War Dogs – Warner Bros. – $14.3 Million
4. Kubo And The Two Strings – Focus Features – $12.6 Million
5. Ben-Hur – Paramount – $11.3 Million
6. Pete’s Dragon – Disney – $11.3 Million
7. Bad Moms – STX Entertainment – $8.1 Million
8. Jason Bourne – Universal – $8 Million
9. The Secret Life Of Pets – Universal – $5.8 Million
10. Florence Foster Jenkins – Paramount – $4.3 Million
11. Star Trek Beyond – Paramount – $4 Million
12. Hell Or High Water – Lionsgate – $2.6 Million