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'Ben-Hur' crashes, 'Suicide Squad' stays on top for 3rd week

A big-budget remake of "Ben-Hur" was trampled under a herd of holdovers and new releases at the box office, the latest casualty in a bruising summer for Hollywood.

The Paramount Pictures release, which cost about $100 million to make, debuted with just $11.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That makes it one of the season's more pricy flops, albeit one that never had anything like the ambition of 1959's Charlton Heston epic.

Instead, Warner Bros.'s much-maligned DC Comics supervillain team-up film "Suicide Squad" held the top spot for the third straight week with an estimated $20.7 million over its third weekend. It has now made $262.3...

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