Box Office: ‘Sausage Party’ Cooks Past ‘Suicide Squad’ on Friday, Eyes $34 Million

Sausage Party
Courtesy of Sony

Sausage Party” is chomping away at the weekend box office, earning a higher Friday total than “Suicide Squad.”

The adult animated film from Sony and Annapurna brought in $13.5 million on Friday and is expected to ring up about $34 million at 3,103 locations, making it the largest August opening ever for an animated film.

“Sausage Party” is about an assortment of supermarket food items that devise a plan to escape upon learning that their fate is consumption. It is directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. The cast is lead by co-writer Seth Rogen and also includes Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Paul Rudd, and Kristen Wiig.

Despite the R-rated comedy’s strong start and other new arrivals in “Pete’s Dragon” and “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Suicide Squad” will remain on top of the box office in its second frame.

After its $13 million Friday earnings, the Warner Bros. supervillain film is taking aim at a second week in the $46 million range on 4,255 screens. The film smashed August records with a $133.7 million opening weekend, despite receiving mostly negative reviews.

Its second frame looks to amount to about a 66% decline, which is at least in part due to the buzz surrounding “Sausage Party.” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which was also panned by critics, saw a 69% decline in its second weekend after a $166 million opening.

The trio of newcomers, meanwhile, have received favorable critiques and currently all sit above 80% on Rotten Tomatoes: “Sausage Party” (82%); “Pete’s Dragon” (86%); “Florence Foster Jenkins” (88%).

Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” was expected to land in second place behind “Suicide Squad” this weekend, but instead it is taking off in the $22 million range at 3,702 locations, earning it the bronze. The remake of Disney’s 1977 original about a boy and his dragon, Elliot, stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Oakes Fegley.

Forecasts show “Florence Foster Jenkins” — playing in 1,528 theaters — crooning its way to a $6 million opening weekend. The film, from Paramount, is already generating Oscar buzz for performances from Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Stephen Frears directed the story of an aspiring opera singer who doesn’t realize her vocal limitations.

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  1. Dalton says:

    Sausage Party was the only movie to see a drop in sales from Friday to Saturday. Every movie had a drop on Sunday from Saturday.

    SS set another record for best second weekend ever for the month of August.

    Both Pete’s Dragon and Sausage Party are doing poorly internationally. Especially the Sausage movie.

    Source- “http://www.boxofficemojo.com/daily/chart/?sortdate=2016-08-15&p=.htm”

    The writer of the above article certainly twisted him/her self into a pretzel to make it seem as if Sausage Party had more to celebrate than SS with respect to the weekend result.

    Not sure why.

    SS has 465 mil worldwide after just over a week. I’d drink to that.
    The Sausage was the only movie to lose sales from Friday to Saturday. Even less again on Sunday. Not sure I’d toast that.

    • Jack Monte says:

      If this was Avengers 3 (Captain America vs Iron Man) instead of Suicide Squad it wouldn’t even be a story or headline worded this way.

  2. Steve says:

    FYI Suicide Squad did 13 million on regular Friday showings while Sausage Party did 10 million on regular Friday showings, Sausage Party added 3.5 million on Midnight showings.

  3. Jacques Strappe says:

    Suicide Squad just bites.

  4. Jim says:

    Shocking that Sony backed something original for a change. Maybe now they’ll do more stuff besides just churning out recycled garbage.

  5. EricJ says:

    Expect a -little- stronger showing from Pete’s Dragon, enough for a solid second or tie.
    I now practically wait for analysts to say how much a family film “failed” on Friday only to bounce back on the Saturday and Sunday numbers when parents can actually take their kids–Never had any of your own, didja? ;)

    Sausage has too much of a front-loaded “cult” opening in front of it, because of its weed/R-rating reputation, while Squad has already burnt out their cult.

  6. Falconsnacks says:

    Go see PETE’S DRAGON. It is a near perfect all ages family film.

    • Damien666 says:

      No one wants to see that piece of crap film. News flash!!! Not all Disney movies are great. Looks like it’s going to be a bomb!!

  7. 3 LINKS & A LADY says:

    SAUSAGE PARTY is off to such a hot start that it could even wind up bringing home the bacon. If it continues to play strong throughout today and Sunday, then it is looking at a $36M weekend. Of course SUICIDE SQUAD has to continue its HARI KARI style of box office death. Though it is likely SUICIDE SQUAD will at the very least get to $39/40M. Nevertheless, SAUSAGE PARTY is putting together one heck of a fight for first place. Meanwhile OSCAR Best Actor (s) locks, Grant and Streep are off to a strong start, potentially reaching $7M in limited release. This will play strong once it gets a full nationwide releases, which it should have gotten in this first place. It is absolutely the funniest, and most heart warming film of the year with Blockbuster Potential.

    • Greggan says:

      Are you auditioning to write for Variety? If so, you need to remove the qualifiers such as “could”, “should”, “likely” and “if”. You need complete certitude. ;-)

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