Final Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Goes Straight to the Top With $60.2 Million
After preliminary numbers for the weekend placed Straight Outta Compton at a healthy $51.6 million, the final numbers are actually much better.
Straight Outta Compton went straight to the top of the box office with a $60.2 million opening weekend. This was enough to knock M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs out of the top spot as the biggest R-rated opening in the history of August. The Mel Gibson film opened to $60.1 million in 2002. Signs had the benefit of a bankable lead star and a still-hot director, but Straight Outta Compton bested it without either of those things, making its success all the more impressive.
But not only is Straight Outta Compton doing record-breaking business, it’s also exceeding Universal’s modest expectations for the film in North American. The film opened to $24.1 million on Friday, which factored in the Thursday night screenings, while also raking in $19.3 million on Saturday and $16.8 million on Sunday.
The competition didn’t even come close, as the nearest competitor for Straight Outta Compton was Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which earned $17.2 million in its third weekend. In fact, spies were a pretty big hit at the box office this weekend, with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. landing a spot in the Top 3 with $13.4 million. Unfortunately, this is a bit underwhelming for a film that cost $75 million to make. But the spy flick is making up the difference overseas, as its international totals (including a top opening in Russia) bumped the worldwide gross up to a healthier $25.2 million. It will still need to cover a lot more ground to turn a profit, but at least The Man from U.N.C.L.E. isn’t as deep in the hole as Fantastic Four, which is cratering in its second weekend. The film dropped to No. 4, coincidentally enough, earning just $8.2 million. This constitutes a 69% drop in attendance overall, which suggests this movie might not have much longer to live at the box office. That said, the movie should be able to at least make its money back by the end of its run, as the film has already crossed $100 million when overseas totals are factored in. But its box office run isn’t likely to turn a real profit. Maybe home video release will help, but right now, Fantastic Four just isn’t doing too well.
Rounding out the top five this weekend is The Gift, the psychological thriller from Joel Edgerton. The movie made $6.5 million to bump its two-week total to $24.5 million. Considering this was made on a $5 million budget, this is a pretty big success for first-time director Edgerton, who’s mostly known for his work in front of the camera as the star of such films as Zero Dark Thirty, Animal Kingdom, and the vastly underrated Warrior. In short, this could be the start of a great directorial career. As sole writer on the screenplay, he might be Hollywood’s next big multi-hyphenate star.
But how did the rest of the films perform at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 at the weekend box office below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 08/17/2015
1. Straight Outta Compton ($60.2 million)
2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($17.2 million)
3. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ($13.4 million)
4. Fantastic Four ($8.2 million)
5. The Gift ($6.5 million)
6. Ant-Man ($5.5 million)
7. Vacation ($5.2 million)
8. Minions ($5.2 million)
9. Ricki and the Flash ($4.6 million)
10. Trainwreck ($3.8 million)
But what, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the weekend box office, check out yesterday’s preliminary report to see how the numbers stack up!