The Wall Street Journal: ‘Ben-Hur’ flops to cap Paramount’s miserable summer

“Ben-Hur” didn’t have a prayer at the box office.

Hollywood’s latest big-budget attempt to fill multiplexes with faith-based moviegoers and general audiences floundered this weekend, collecting an estimated $11.5 million in fifth place in the U.S. and Canada.

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With a production cost of about $100 million, “Ben-Hur” was the last big-budget release of the summer movie season. The movie was a co-production of Viacom Inc.

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