Initial Reaction: Video Review - SAUSAGE PARTY

It was something of a crowded weekend at the box office with not only Suicide Squad entering its questionable second weekend (it dropped 67.3% for an estimated $43.7 million which was still enough for first place), but the R-rated animated movie, Sausage Party, was inevitably going to make a splash, Disney was releasing its re-imagining of its 1977 musical Pete's Dragon, the latest Meryl Streep vehicle finally received a release stateside, with Blood Father (starring Mel Gibson), Hell or High Water (staring Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges), and Bleeker Street's Anthropoid all opening in limited release. With Disney not giving Pete's Dragon any Thursday night screenings and Florence Foster Jenkins not exactly lighting the box office aflame we ended up only filming a single review this weekend, luckily it was for the top new contender at the box office. We're of course talking the Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg production that is more or less a dark and demented Toy Story that instead of child's play things gives life to food and other grocery store items that follows a sausage striving to discover the truth about his existence. Sausage Party surprised by delivering a solid $33.6 million opening (including $3.25m from Thursday previews). Studio expectations for the weekend placed the film in the low-to-mid teens as there isn't a whole lot of precedent for R-rated animated features, but given the marketing onslaught, strong word of mouth, and the general curiosity audiences had for the film Sausage Party was able to translate its impressive RottenTomatoes score that currently stands at 82% into something of a veritable hit with critics and audiences alike (the film received a "B" CinemaScore from opening day audiences). With a reported budget of only $19 million Sausage Party is already a win for Sony and the smaller AnnaPurna Pictures production house, but it will be interesting to see how things play out with the R-rated War Dogs and the animated Kubo and the Two Strings opening this week. As always, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, subscribe to our YouTube channel as we have a new review (or reviews) up each week!

Read my full Sausage Party review here.

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