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Weekend Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Getting Crushed Friday; ‘War Dogs,’ ‘Kubo’ Solid

Weekend Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Getting Crushed Friday; ‘War Dogs,’ ‘Kubo’ Solid

Early projections have holdover ‘Suicide Squad’ staying No. 1, nonetheless some uncover ‘War Dogs,’ ‘Sausage Party’ and a anti-superhero film in a potentially tighten three-way race.

Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur is faring dismally during a Friday box office, where it might acquire no some-more than $4 million from 3,084 theaters for a $10 million-$12 million entrance unless MGM and Paramount lift off a Hail Mary and get faith-based moviegoers to spin out in force, pulling a series to $15 million.

Still, that’s a modest start for a film that cost $100 million to make. And if it comes in on a reduce finish of projections, Ben-Hur stands to be beaten by a weekend’s dual other new offerings: Todd Phillips’ fight comedy War Dogs, that is eyeing a $5.5 million Friday from 3,258 theaters for probable $15 million debut, and Kubo and a Two Strings.

From Focus Features and Laika, a charcterised Kubo is projected to sum $4.5 million on Friday for a $14.5 million opening.

On Thursday night, War Dogs warranted a earnest $1.3 million, compared to $900,000 for Ben-Hur. Kubo took in $515,000.

Overall, Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad is sloping to stay during No. 1 in a third weekend with some-more than $18 million, while Sony and Annapurna’s strike R-rated comedy Sausage Party is pacing to take in $16 million in a second outing. However, some envision War Dogs, Sausage Party and Suicide Squad in a potentially tighten three-way race.

Ben-Hur, that has been slammed by critics, has aggressively targeted Christian and faith-based audiences. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (the producing group behind a 2014 strike film Son of God and a 2013 miniseries The Bible), are among a executive producers. MGM took a lead on a plan and has a incomparable financial interest than Paramount.

Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi and Morgan Freeman star in a film formed on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of a Christ. It follows a male who is secretly indicted of fraud by his childhood crony and adoptive brother. He spends years in labour and afterwards hurdles his adoptive hermit to a chariot race.

The well-reviewed Kubo and a Two Strings centers on a immature child who embarks on a query to clear a tip of his bequest and perform his drastic destiny. Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rooney Mara and Matthew McConaughey star as a voice cast.

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