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While most critics made it clear how much they detested Suicide Squad, audiences still went to see it in their droves to the tune of $481.4 million so far. And it looks as though the blockbuster is still going to reign supreme at the box office for a third weekend in a row, too. But it's not as a result of its own huge popularity, more that the three films that are trying to beat it have got off to terrible starts.
Deadline has reported that Ben-Hur, War Dogs, and Kubo And The Two Strings all pulled in lackluster numbers on Thursday night, which, unless they improve drastically, will mean that they won't come close to toppling Suicide Squad's third weekend numbers. In fact, none of these films are expected to even rival Sausage Party's second weekend gross, either.
While Suicide Squad has been predicted to bring in $20 million and Sausage Party is expected to amass $18.8 million, Thursday's numbers of $1.25 million suggest that War Dogs, which is the closest new competitor to these films, will only bring in somewhere between $12 million and $15 million. Domestically that should mean it will amass around $40 million, which was its budget, while its amount of profit will depend on its international figures.
Meanwhile, Ben-Hur is looking like it will struggle to come anywhere near its reported $100 million budget. After receiving just 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, Ben-Hur took in just $900,000 on Thursday night, and it's thought that it'll gross somewhere between $10 million and $13 million, while those numbers are expected to quickly dwindle as the days and weeks roll by.
Laika's Kubo And The Two Strings is expected to have more longevity, mostly thanks to its 95% Rotten Tomatoes score while, even though Kubo is aimed more towards adults, animated films usually have more staying power than their live-fiction brethren.
Like War Dogs and Ben-Hur, Kubo's Thursday night numbers weren't overly impressive, though, as it grossed just $515,000, meaning that it's likely to land somewhere between $13 million and $14 million. With a stagnated release across the globe over the next few months all the way up to December we can expect it to pull back its $60 million budget, while Laika films also have a habit of attaining Oscar nominations, too, which should reinvigorate interest, and could even lead to it being re-released in the new year, too.