Once again, it was a slow weekend at the box office, paving the way for an N.W.A. three-peat.
Coming out on top for the third straight weekend is Straight Outta Compton. The biopic added $13.2 million over the three days to increase its domestic total to $134.1 million. The film came out at exactly the right time and has been one of the season’s strongest holds as we approach the end of the summer moviegoing season. Universal continues to be pleased with how their projects are performing, and Compton has quickly become one of their most profitable endeavors with only a $28 million budget.
The surprise #2 film this week is War Room, a little-marketed religious drama that overcame the general lack of awareness and brought in $11 million over its first three days of release. Obviously, that’s not an overtly impressive figure, but for a smaller title like this, it’s quite an impressive debut. Distributor TriStar was smart about when to release it, since the box office is clearly experiencing a lull right now, which made it easier for War Room to draw in a more sizable crowd than it might have in a more crowded week. What’s more is that the movie cost just $3 million to make, so it’s well on its way to turning a hefty profit for the studio.
Coming in third is Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. The fifth installment in the long-running action franchise remains one of the summer’s stronger holds, as it made $8.3 million in its fifth weekend. The film has now made $170.3 million in the States and should keep posting healthy numbers for the next couple of weeks. As one of the few true blockbusters out there, it has a corner of the market all to itself.
The thriller No Escape (read our review) comes in fourth this week, making $8.3 million over the weekend. Nobody expected this film to be a big earner, so The Weinstein Company should be pleased with this result. Even though the reviews were mostly negative, it still managed to draw in a good crowd for this time of year. No Escape actually came out on Wednesday, so its domestic total is $10.3 million for the first five days. Also, the production budget was only $5 million, so this is another film that, while not a major hit, has still proven to be a solid investment when all is said and done.
Rounding out the top five is Sinister 2. The horror sequel brought in $4.6 million in its second weekend to raise its domestic total to $18.5 million. It took a 55.9 percent decrease from its opening numbers, which is around what many expected after it underperformed in its debut. The good news for Focus Features is that the film cost just $10 million to make, so they’re well on their way to doubling their investment. The bad news is that the film is well behind where the original was at the same point in its release, so it’s unlikely interest in this franchise remains high.
Spy throwback The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is the #6 film of the week with $4.4 million. Guy Ritchie’s latest is now at $34.1 million domestically. The film is even struggling somewhat internationally, with a global total of just $70.7 million, which is lower than the $75 million production budget. We’ll have to see if the studio ends up making money on their investment or taking a small loss.
Hitman: Agent 47 fell to seventh this week with $3.8 million. The video game adaptation has made $15.2 million domestically.
The indie thriller The Gift came in at #8 after grossing $3.1 million. The film is now at $35.9 million in the States.
The biggest film of the year, Jurassic World, added 665 theaters for a special IMAX event and proved that dinosaurs still rule the earth. Even though it’s been in theaters for 12 weeks, the sci-fi sensation pulled in $3.1 million over the weekend and has now grossed $643 million for its domestic run.
Finishing off the top ten is Ant-Man. Marvel’s latest made $3 million over the weekend, increasing its U.S. total to $169.1 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates – based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, August 31 – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo