The film picked up a $20.7 million (GBP15.9 million) weekend haul to take its three-week tally to $262.3 million (GBP200.6 million).

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party lands in second place with $15.3 million (GBP11.7 million), and Miles Teller and Jonah Hill's new film War Dogs, in which they portray unlikely international arms dealers, opens in third with $14.3 million (GBP10.9 million).

Animated adventure Kubo & the Two Strings, which features the voice talents of Charlize Theron, Matthew MCConaughey, and Rooney Mara, debuts in fourth, ahead of the Ben-Hur revamp, which only just makes the top five with a lowly $11.35 million (GBP8.7 million) opening weekend.

Director Timur Bekmambetov's blockbuster, which cost an estimated $100 million (GBP76.5 million) to make, has been savaged by critics, who gave it some of the worst reviews of the year.

Jack Huston takes on the role of Ben-Hur in the film, a retelling of the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston as a Jewish prince-turned-vengeful slave. The original won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

"This is the epic fail of the summer," Jeff Bock, a senior box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, tells USA Today. "Don't remake a film that won Best Picture. They still teach Ben-Hur in film school. Hopefully, this is a lesson for Hollywood."

Meanwhile, It's another big flop for actor Toby Kebbel, who portrays friend-turned-foe Messala Severus in the biblical epic - he also starred in last year's (15) disastrous Fantastic Four.