HOLLYWOOD—It was an interesting battle at the box-office this weekend, as last week’s champ “Suicide Squad” took on an animated flick that was absolutely not intended for kids. In the end, the comic book universe reigned supreme, but barely. “Suicide Squad” managed to hold its grip on the box-office to maintain the top spot earning over $43.8 million in its second week. That’s a massive drop from the $135 million it earned last week. The flick which was panned by critics dropped more than 70 percent, which means its legs will be short in theaters.
Nabbing second place was the raunchy, animated flick “Sausage Party” with an impressive $33.6 million. Not bad for an R-rated flick. I mean when I hit the theater this weekend, the movie was sold out during the first showing in the day, so that should say something. The weekend’s other new release, “Pete’s Dragon” settled for third place with an acceptable $21.5 million. Some expected more from a movie that does indeed cater to the entire family.
Landing in fourth place was “Jason Bourne” with $13.6 million. After nearly 3 weeks in theaters, the fifth installment in the franchise has earned close to $130 million domestically. Rounding out the top five was “Bad Moms” which is showing some strong legs I must say adding another $11.5 million to its tally.
This weekend sees the release of the animated flick “Kubo,” the dramedy “War Dogs” and the action-adventure “Ben-Hur.” I’m tempted to say “Suicide Squad” could eek out a third weekend in the top spot, but with such a steep drop in its second weekend, that seems unlikely.