'Ben-Hur' Flops at the Weekend Box Office

The film's box office performance reflected last week's bad reviews.

— -- The new "Ben-Hur" movie received plenty of negative reviews last week, and its box office performance since it opened on Friday hasn't been positive, either.

"Ben-Hur," starring Jack Huston in the titular role, earned an estimated $11.4 million over the weekend to debut in fifth place. Of course, the film had a lot to live up to, given that it was a remake of the 1959 classic that won 11 Oscars and was headlined by legendary actor Charlton Heston.

Two other movies also had sub-par openings over the weekend. "War Dogs," a comedic drama starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller and Bradley Cooper, landed in third place after making $14.3 million.

The animated story "Kubo and the Two Strings," featuring a voice cast that includes Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, finished in fourth place, with $12.6 million.

For the third weekend in a row, "Suicide Squad" was the top movie. The DC super-villain flick collected $20.7 million from Friday through Sunday, and has now made more than $262 million at the domestic box office to date.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to comScore:

  • 1. Suicide Squad, $20.7 million.
  • 2. Sausage Party, $15.3 million.
  • 3. War Dogs, $14.3 million.
  • 4. Kubo and the Two Strings, $12.6 million.
  • 5. Ben-Hur, $11.4 million.
  • 6. Pete's Dragon, $11.3 million.
  • 7. Bad Moms, $8.1 million.
  • 8. Jason Bourne, $8 million.
  • 9. The Secret Life of Pets, $5.8 million.
  • 10. Florence Foster Jenkins, $4.3 million.