Weekend Box Office Wrap-up: August 23, 2015

Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre in 'Straight Outta Compton'

As the newcomers struggled to leave much of an impact at the box office this week, N.W.A. topped the charts once again.

Coming in first for the second consecutive week is Straight Outta Compton. The rap biopic grossed $26.7 million. That's a 55 percent decrease from its record breaking opening, but the "competition" was non-existent and gave this film an easy pathway to the number one spot. It has now made $111.4 million domestically.

The #2 film this week once again is Mission: Impossible - Rogue NationThe action sequel brought in $11.7 million over the weekend to raise it domestic total to $157.7 million. It's not performing nearly as well as its predecessor Ghost Protocol, but the film has emerged as a successful blockbuster for Paramount. Worldwide, the film has made a strong $438.6 million so far during its run, and it continues to have a decent hold as we approach the end of the summer.

Debuting in the third spot is the horror film Sinister 2 (read our review). The followup to the 2012 movie made $10.6 million over its first three days, which is considerably below both how the original film opened and the expectations going into the weekend. The biggest culprit was probably the overwhelming negative critical response, which clearly did not do the project any favors with mainstream audiences. Horror fans probably checked it out, but the appeal for Sinister 2 didn't go beyond that niche. With an opening this low, it's unlikely it can turn things around and get strong box office legs.

Video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 (read our review) underwhelmed during its opening weekend, bringing in $8.2 million. The reboot couldn't match the debut of the original Hitman film in 2007 ($13.1 million), which is not a good sign for Fox. Like Sinister 2, the franchise hopeful was slammed by critics, and it's not as if Agent 47 was entering theaters with a substantial amount of buzz. The negative reception doomed it from the start, and those waiting for the first big video game film adaptation to dominate the box office have to hold on until the next try. Sooner or later, you'd think one of these movies will have to hit it big.

Rounding out the top five is The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The spy throwback grossed $7.4 million in its second week, a soft 44.7 percent drop from its admittedly low opening. Thus far, the film has grossed just $26.6 million in the States. It's not getting much help from the international markets, as the global total is only $52.6 million. If Warner Bros. was hoping to sequel this, they probably need to hold off on those plans. There doesn't seem to be much interest in the project.

Continuing with our theme of new arrivals bombing at the box office, American Ultra (read our review) landed with a thud at #6. During its first three days, the stoner action comedy made a paltry $5.5 million, a figure that greatly surprised the film's writer Max Landis. The movie may not have been the most heavily marketed, but it did feature an intriguing premise (think if Jason Bourne smoked pot), and even if it didn't quite live up to its potential, it still presented a fair share of interesting ideas to explore. The going is tough for original films these days, and nobody expected American Ultra to be a huge earner, but Lionsgate was probably hoping for something better than this.

The Gift comes in at #7 with $4.3 million. The indie thriller is now at $31 million domestically.

Marvel's Ant-Man is the #8 film of the week with $4 million. The latest adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now made $164.5 million in America, with an extra $196.5 million coming from foreign territories.

Ant-Man deleted opening scene revealed

Minions is ninth with $3.7 million. The spinoff film is now at $319.9 million domestically. The worldwide total currently stands at $989.3 million, so there's still an outside chance it crosses $1 billion - which would make it the third Universal film to cross that milestone just this year.

Finishing off the top ten is Fantastic Four with $3.6 million. Commenting on this reboot's box office woes is like flogging a dead horse at this point, so we'll just say that it's made $49.6 million domestically.

[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 24 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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