Despite earning an “A-” Cinemascore with audiences in the US on its opening, Paramount and MGM’s remake of Ben-Hur
With a reported budget of around 0million, the film opened in the No.5 spot with a reported .3million behind other new releses War Dogs and Kubo and the Two Strings. It’s perhaps the highest profile flop of the summer and adds to an already disappointing 2016 for Paramount with the likes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Zoolander 2 also under-performing.
The studio will hope for better luck in the second half of the year with the “arrival” of Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, starring Tom Cruise, which may help Paramount recoup some money.
DC and Warner Bros. Suicide Squad continued to sit on top of the pile this weekend with another .7million to bring its domestic gross up to 2.3million, while Sony’s R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party in 2nd place with .3million added to bring its total to over million in its first week.
Ben-Hur is out now and you can read our review here.