Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Tops ‘Sinister 2’ for No. 1 Spot
Straight Outta Compton isn’t going anywhere any time soon. A combination of public buzz and strong word of mouth have been able to overcome mixed critical reviews to ensure that the NWA biopic has retained its No. 1 spot.
Straight Outta Compton brought in $26.8 million in its second weekend, dropping around 56% from its $60.2 million opening weekend. However, the numbers are still uniformly strong, as the movie has already surpassed $100 million in just two short weeks. Through this weekend, Straight Outta Compton is expected to hit $111.5 million domestically. The rap biopic has further cemented Universal’s dominance in 2015, between Furious 7, Jurassic World, and Minions. This latest victory marks the 13th weekend at No. 1 in North America for Universal. That’s insane, particularly when you consider that this company accomplished this without superheroes or any Young Adult novel adaptations. In fact, Universal is so strong this weekend that they essentially obliterated three newcomers that were expected to do far stronger numbers.
Sinister 2, Hitman: Agent 47 and American Ultra all delivered well below expectations, as all three films finished below Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which came in at No. 2 in its fourth weekend with $11.7 million. This brought its domestic total to a sizable $158 million. The film also impressed overseas, raking in $25.2 million to bring its international total to $280.8 million, for a massive worldwide box office gross of $438.6 million.
At No. 3, Sinister 2 disappointed with just $10.6 million, falling well below the $14 million initially predicted. But the silver lining here is that the movie was made for less than $10 million, so it’s a short walk to profit town for the horror sequel. Still, this is seriously underwhelming when you consider that the first movie in the franchise opened to $18 million just three years ago.
At No. 4, Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 was even more underwhelming, earning only $8.2 million. This is considerably less than the money earned by the previous attempt at kickstarting a Hitman franchise: Fox adapted the popular video game series with Justified star Timothy Olyphant, and managed to earn $13 million in November 2007. The film would go on to earn close to $100 million worldwide. Projections for Hitman: Agent 47, however, aren’t as sunny.
Spy flick The Man From U.N.C.L.E brought in $7.4 million, just narrowly keeping the Jesse Eisenberg/Kristen Stewart action-comedy American Ultra out of the Top 5. American Ultra earned $5.5 million to come in at No. 6.
But how did the other films do at the box office? Check out the Top 10 at the weekend box office below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 08/23/2015:
1. Straight Outta Compton ($26.7 million)
2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($11.7 million)
3. Sinister 2 ($10.6 million)
4. Hitman: Agent 47 ($8.2 million)
5. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ($7.4 million)
6. American Ultra ($5.5 million)
7. The Gift ($4.3 million)
8. Ant-Man ($4.0 million)
9. Minions ($3.7 million)
10. Fantastic Four ($3.6 million)
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!
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