The first six months of 2016 steel is not the most successful for the American cinema: blockbusters flops turned fifteen (in 2015, only eight were such). They brought losses “Snow White and the Huntsman – 2″, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 2″, “Independence Day: Rebirth,” “Tarzan. Legend “, the summer of this sad trend continued new” Ghostbusters “very poor results showed” Star Trek: Infinite “. This week “imploded” another potential blockbuster.
New version peplum “Ben-Hur” earned for the weekend from 19 to 21 August in the US and Canada only $ 11, 4 million, which was only enough for fifth place at the box office
Written in the XIX century novel by Lew Wallace’s “Ben-Hur: The story of Jesus” filmed several times – starting with the silent short film in 1907. year and ending with the Canadian television series, released in 2010. The most famous formulation is considered to be a movie in 1959 – a large-scale historical peplum that good money at the box office ($ 174 million, with 15 million budget) and received 11 awards “Oscar” (the next time it happened forty years later, when he left “Titanic »)
« Ben-Hur. “- the biblical story of the Jewish aristocrat who falsely accused spent many years in slavery, managed to escape and become famous chariot races
He was raised with Christ, I met him throughout his life, and after the Crucifixion became a Christian himself. A new film version became known in 2013, when the film company MGM little recovered from the financial turmoil after the success of the 23rd James Bond film. Then on the director’s role was invited by Timur Bekmambetov, who was supposed to remove the picture is not a remake of 1959, and a new interpretation of a literary source. In 2014, by the way, came out a few peplum ( “Pompeii”, “Hercules: The beginning of a legend”, “Noah”), they are not shown very good results at the box office, but the work on the “Ben-Hur” continued. In the end, he closed the summer blockbusters this year, received the lowest scores of critics (31% “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes), who felt that the film does not show anything new, earned a good response from the audience looked a his (A- rating on CinemaScore). But the charges showed that the closer to the truth proved the critics 100-million budget, “Ben-Hur” will be able to recover only in the international box office; in Russia picture out on September 8.
The first two places in the US box office are the same as last week.
The leader again became kinokomiks of the DC universe “suicide squad” – over the past weekend it earned $ 20.7 million and brought the total fees up to $ 572.7 million and the second was the adult cartoon about a meal that does not want to be eaten, -. ” Full raskolbas “; her duties is not so impressive – $ 71.3 million (however, for the 19 millionth tape and it’s not bad), of which $ 15.3 million were earned for the weekend
What’s New had to console ourselves. that they were able to overtake the “Ben Hur.” Third place went to the new film by Todd Phillips ( “The Hangover”), based on the true story of the war drama “Boys from the trunks.” Heroes of this picture was only 20 years old when they were able to get a contract for the supply of weapons in the US Army for $ 300 million and became millionaires. The main roles are played by Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, and one of the roles appeared and Bradley Cooper. “The guys with trunks” is not very pleased critics (they rated 59%), but the fees start of the weekend show that they will be able to recoup its small budget of $ 40 million.
And the fourth was the cartoon “Kubo. . Legend of the Samurai “with $ 12.6 million
This is the fourth work Laika Entertainment studio, which is engaged in puppet animation – as opposed to the current dominance of the computer. The previous films – “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls” – perhaps never became hits rental (all they were worth $ 60 million and mainly work pays its own budget), but We received very favorable reviews. “Kubo” in the budget plan also stood out, a little boy the story of medieval Japan, which is able to perform miracles with the help of a magical musical instrument (in the original cartoon is called “Kubo and two strings» – Kubo and the Two Strings) and must solve the mystery of its origin highly praised the critics (96% positive reviews). But charges – apparently, this is not so important for the bosses of Laika. In Russia, “Kubo” will be released in September.