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Weekend Box Office: August 28 - 30, 2016

Summer went out with a scream this weekend as horror flick Don't Breathe made a profitable debut in the number one spot.

Don't Breathe, like most horror genre entries, was bankrolled on a minimal $10 million production budget, a total quickly eclipsed by its $26 million opening. That was the second highest horror debut this year, behind the $40 million banked by The Conjuring 2 when it opened in June.

With a title like Mechanic: Resurrection you might expect the sequel to serve as a resurgence for the franchise, but this weekend it proved to be more of a nail in the coffin. The follow-up to Jason Statham's 2011 re-make of the Charles Bronson action flick The Mechanic failed to draw audiences in. It landed a $7.5 million fifth place, well below its predecessor's $11 million opening and a poor start against its $40 million price tag.

Kubo and the Two Strings didn't demonstrate any second weekend word-of-mouth resurgence, leaving it in position to become the best reviewed box office bomb of the year. Despite an enviable 96% at Rotten Tomatoes it only has $24 million domestic after two weekends in theaters and very little hope on the horizon from foreign markets to help out with its $60 million production cost.

Ben-Hur also solidified its flop status, slipping almost 60% from last weekend and nearly dropping out of the top ten in only two weeks. With less than $41 million world-wide so far, any hope of recovering its $100 million budget is crushed in the dust.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

Weekend Box Office: August 28 - 30, 2016
1. Don't Breathe * $26,115,000 Total: $26,115,000
THTRS: 3,051
2. Suicide Squad $12,110,000 Total: $282,882,627
LW: 1
THTRS: 3,582
3. Kubo and the Two Strings $7,909,000 Total: $24,920,378
LW: 4
THTRS: 3,279
4. Sausage Party $7,665,000 Total: $80,008,510
LW: 2
THTRS: 3,135
5. Mechanic: Resurrection * $7,500,000 Total: $7,500,000
THTRS: 2,258
6. Pete's Dragon (2016) $7,282,000 Total: $54,715,378
LW: 5
THTRS: 3,244
7. War Dogs $7,255,000 Total: $27,757,687
LW: 3
THTRS: 3,258
8. Bad Moms $5,760,000 Total: $95,453,235
LW: 8
THTRS: 2,565
9. Jason Bourne $5,230,000 Total: $149,357,235
LW: 7
THTRS: 2,445
10. Ben-Hur (2016) $4,530,000 Total: $19,552,877
LW: 6
THTRS: 3,084

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