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'Ben-Hur' bombs in latest blow to Paramount

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>> 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.