Fede Alvarez's Don't Breathe has dethroned Suicide Squad from the top spot at the US box office. After almost a month in cinemas, Suicide Squad has clocked up a respectable $635 million worldwide and despite the mixed critical response, the movie can be considered a modest hit.
Big studio movies and sequels have had a rough time at the box office this summer. However, low-budget horror movies continue to thrive and following the success of Lights Out; another high-concept horror has scared the bejeezus out of audiences. Three years on from his grim reboot of The Evil Dead, Fede Alvarez returns to revive the home invasion genre with Don't Breathe. Taking an estimated $26 million in its first weekend, don't be surprised is news of a sequel arrives in the coming weeks.
Jason Statham returns as world-class assassin Arthur Bishop alongside Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh in Mechanic: Resurrection. The first movie wasn't much of a box office success when it was released back in 2011 and with a $7.5 million opening for the sequel, history looks set to repeat itself. In its second week, Laika's Kubo and the Two Strings climbed one place for a US total of $24 million. From the makers of Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, Laika's latest stop-motion fantasy might be their finest accomplishment to date. UK fans can enjoy Kubo and the Two Strings from September 9.
Elsewhere in the US top ten, the fortunes of Paramount's epic Ben-Hur haven't improved since its disastrous launch last weekend. Timur Bekmambetov's ambitious remake cost more than $100 million to produce, so far Ben-Hur has made a paltry $19 million domestically and $21 million from the rest of the world.