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In this adult animated film, a sausage named Frank leads his friends on a journey to find out what happens to them once they leave the grocery store. Frank and his fellow grocery store inhabitants seem to believe that the place beyond the glow of the shopping aisles, out past the front doors of the store, is actually a paradise gifted to them by the divine. Soon, however, Frank and his cohorts will learn the terrible truth: That these "Gods" are no more than hungry beasts who prey upon them for sustenance. For all of it's comedic irreverence, Sausage Party also pokes fun at some of life's greater existential questions, and has been widely acclaimed as a budding satire of global religious culture.
Sausage Party News
Winter is dragging on, but Netflix is doing its part to bring entertainment to your bleak winter days. New movie offerings for February are especially strong in the comedy category, and new episodes of a few acclaimed TV series will hit the service during the month, too.
Among the month's new movies are popular comedies from the Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen crew. Superbad, starring Jonah Hill, Rogen and Michael Cera (and produced by Apatow) debuts on February 4. Rogen's super-raunchy animated comedy, Sausage Party, comes to Netflix on February 23; having just been in theaters last summer, this is one of the few recent releases to debut on the service during the month.
The Tim Burton fantasies The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride will debut in February, as will a new special from stand-up comedian Michael Birbiglia.
Among new TV series, the biggest addition is probably The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story; the popular series debuts February 2. Netflix's accelerated airing of CW series also gets under way this month with the debut of season two of Crazy Ex-Girlfirend on February 11, shortly after the end of the season on broadcast TV. The third season of Chef's Table willbe available for streaming on February 17.
Last weekend had the big-time debut of Suicide Squad to crank up the excitement, but this weekend at the movies looks like it's going to be lukewarm by comparison. Of the three new releases this week, the R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party is generating the most interest, and the Seth Rogen-produced flickattracted a decent audience for preview showings on Thursday night.
Sausage Party earned $3 million in preview showings, a number that leaves it on track to pull in a projected $15-$20 million by the end of the weekend. Just for the sake of comparison, consider that Suicide Squad took in $20.5 million last Thursday on its way to an open-weekend gross of over $130 million. Even if Sausage Party has a bigger than expected weekend, and if Suicide Squad falls off more than expected, the new film is still probably going to come in second to Suicide Squad.
The second-biggest new release of the week, Disney's Pete's Dragon, didn't have any Thursday-night showings, a move that acknowledges that the film is only targeting a family audience and expects to do its biggest business on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
The week's third new film, the period drama Florence Foster Jenkins, did have preview showings, but it only pulled in $190,000 on Thursday. It's on track to earn somewhere between $5 and $10 million for the weekend.
The R-rated comedy Sausage Party isn't the number-one movie of the week, but it's rustled up enough ticket sales to come in a strong second. First place for the week goes to last week's top movie, Suicide Squad, which saw a massive drop-off in ticket sales from last week's record-breaking pace.
Sausage Party will pull in an estimated $33 million for the weekend. That would be a modest number for a big summer blockbuster, but it's ahead of expectations for the relatively low-budget animated film, and it's a good opening for an R-rated movie of any kind. It's on a par with the opening weekend of last year's Ted 2, the sequel to the hit comedy about a foul-mouthe stuffed bear. That film went on to earn about $81 million.
Suicide Squad stumbled this week, its ticket sales falling about 67 percent compared to last week. That's a drop comparable to that experienced by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That makes both films look like disappointments when compared to other superhero tentpoles, but it's hard to argue with their overall performance. Suicide Squad's take this week boosts its overall worldwide gross to nearly a half billion dollars.
This week's big loser was Pete's Dragon, a rare miss for Disney. The animated/live action family film took in only an estimated $21 million and settled into third place.
Three new wide releases will enter theaters this weekend, but none of them has much of a chance of beating last week's number-one movie, Suicide Squad, even if the critically lambasted DC Comics movie has a big drop in ticket sales this week. At least two of the new movies, though, should be able to sit comfortably in the top five by the end of the weekend.
The first new release this week is Disney's Pete's Dragon, a remake of the 1977 animated/live-action fantasy about a boy and his dragon best friend. The remake gets into theaters on a weekend with little family-friendly competition, given that the hits The Secret Life of Pets and Finding Dory are both late in their runs. Expect Pete's Dragon to take in somewhere around $25 million.
The next new release is Sausage Party, the crude-humored R-rated animated comedy from producer Seth Rogen. The raunchy romp is getting positive reviews from critics and will likely draw heavily from the young-male audience. Its projected $15 million opening weekend will probably put it in third place.
The final new release this week is Florence Foster Jenkins, featuring Meryl Streep as a 1930s opera singer. This one is aimed at older audiences and poses no threat to its more commercial competition. It should bring in something less then $10 million for the weekend.
The big question for the weekend is how much Suicide Squad will fall. The film opened huge at the beginning of last weekend, but its business fell off considerably by the end of the weekend. A $45-million looks likely at this point, and although that would be a disappointment for the movie's studio, it would probably be enough for first place.