>> Should've stayed away.>> You should've killed me.>> Ben-Hur, dead on arrival at the box office. The $100 million epic reportedly pulling in a mere $11.4 million over the weekend. An industry analyst telling Variety it's quote, the bomb of the summer. The action pic, a retelling of the novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ.
Its first film version, made in 1959 and starring Charlton Heston, now a motion picture classic. But this latest chariot race crashing and burning in its opening weekend. It's another blow for co-producer Paramount. Its recent Zoolander 2 and latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies also bombing. With parent company Viacom finally resolving an ugly boardroom battle.
Chairman Sumner Redstone successfully ousting CEO Philippe Dauman who had pushed for Viacom to sell a stake in Paramount, something Redstone opposes. Dauman replaced by interim CEO Tom Dooley, his longtime number two. Ben-Hur's producers, including reality show king Mark Burnett and his wife actress Roma Downey, reportedly courting the Christian community in their marketing efforts.
But in the end the film losing out to the bad guys of Suicide Squad. Which grabbed first place for the third weekend in a row.>> Yeah, we're the bad guys.