Box Office: 'Sausage Party' Beats 'Suicide Squad' on Friday; 'Pete's Dragon' Stumbles

Sausage Party Still 2-H 2016
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Projections show 'Suicide Squad' pulling ahead on Saturday and winning the weekend despite a steep week-over-week drop; 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' starring Meryl Streep, is doing quiet business in its debut.

Sony and Annapurna's unique R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party is boiling over at the North American box office, where it narrowly won the Friday race ahead of Suicide Squad with $13.5 million from 3,103 theaters.

However, Suicide Squad, which earned $13.4 million from 4,255 locations, is expected to pull ahead on Saturday on its way to winning the weekend with nearly $43 million, according to predictions. The downer: That's a steep 68 percent drop from the film's box-office debut last weekend.

Sausage Party, the latest irreverent offering from producer-writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, should gross $31 million-$33 million for the weekend.

The story follows one brave sausage living in a grocery store who strives to discover the truth about his existence and takes his fellow hot dogs on a quest to do just that. The raunchy film cost a modest $19 million to produce and is coming in ahead of expectations. Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon directed Sausage Party, which audiences gave a B CinemaScore despite strong reviews from critics.

Projections show Sausage Party easily trouncing Disney's new CG/live-action hybrid Pete's Dragon. The $65 million family film earned roughly $7 million on Friday from 3,702 locations for a $21 million-$22 million weekend, a poor showing and behind expectations, according to projections.

The remake of the 1977 Disney movie, which earned an A CinemaScore, was directed by David Lowery and stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley and Robert Redford. The story follows a forest ranger in the Northwest Pacific who meets a young orphan claiming his best friend is a giant green dragon.

Finally, Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, is seeking out the adult audience this weekend, although it is playing in far fewer theaters — 1,528 locations, to be specific.

The film, based on the real-life story of a New York heiress who bought a career as an opera star only to be ridiculed, grossed an estimated $2 million-plus on Friday for a projected opening in the $6 million-$7 million range.

Stephen Frears directed Florence Foster Jenkins, which is produced by Pathe and BBC Films and distributed by Paramount. It earned an A- CinemaScore from audiences.