Box office: 'Sausage Party' scores with $33.6 million, 'Suicide Squad' plunges in 2nd weekend

Box Office: 'Sausage Party' beats 'Suicide Squad' on Friday

"Sausage Party" scored at the box office this weekend, debuting to a meaty $33.6 million and providing a much needed win for struggling Sony Pictures.

The $19 million animated comedy follows a gang of grocery items as they deal with the dawning realization about the perils of the kitchen. It's a foul-mouthed affair that more than earns its R-rating. Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, and Bill Hader are among the sprawling vocal cast members. Sony has had a bruising period at the multiplexes, fielding flops such as "Ghostbusters," "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," and "The 5th Wave." The studio released the picture in 3,103 locations, and "Sausage Party" now holds the record for the largest August opening ever for an animated film.

And then there are victories that feel more like defeats. "Suicide Squad" topped domestic charts with $43.8 million, bringing its stateside total to a hefty $222.9 million. However, that represented a punishing 67% slide in the superhero movie's second week business, nearly equaling "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's" 69% sophomore plunge. It's a signal that the deplorable reviews are catching up with the film and is unwelcome news for Warner Bros., which is trying to launch an inter-connected series of cinematic adventures based on DC Comics characters, but is still struggling to make movies that people like, as well as attend.

The weekend's other major new release, Disney's "Pete's Dragon" collapsed, mustering roughly $21.6 million from at 3,702 locations, despite scoring with critics. The remake of the 1977 family film about a boy who befriends a dragon stars Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard. It cost $65 million to make, which likely means Disney is looking at a write-down. "Pete's Dragon" snagged third place on the charts.

Coming in fourth, Universal's "Jason Bourne" added $13.6 million to its haul, pushing its domestic total to $126.8 million.

In limited release, Bleecker Street launched the World War II thriller "Anthropoid" in 452 theaters, earning $1.2 million.

CBS Films scored with "Hell or High Water," a bank heist picture that earned critical raves at the Cannes Film Festival. The thriller picked up an impressive $592,000 from 32 locations for a per screen average of $18,500. The studio is expecting to keep expanding the film, which stars Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges, in the coming weeks.

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