N.W.A. went straight to the record books this weekend, scoring yet another massive box office hit for Universal in 2015.
Coming in first is Straight Outta Compton (read our review). The biopic rode positive word-of-mouth and months of anticipation to the top spot, where it made $56.1 million. It was expected that the film would be a hit, but this figure surpasses the early estimates analysts had by a considerable margin. In just three days, the movie has doubled its production budget, and the opening weekend haul is the largest debut all-time for an R-rated film in August. Score another winner for Universal, a studio that has been on box office fire this whole year.
Straight Outta Compton seems poised to be one of the summer's stronger holds, too. Its enthusiastic reception will only encourage more moviegoers to check it out, especially at this time of year when the box office slows down a bit. Without much coming in the next few weeks that could steal its thunder, this film should be able to string together a number of healthy weekends and end its run as a profitable endeavor for the studio.
Coming in second is the two-time reigning champ Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which made $17 million in its third weekend. The fifth installment in the action franchise is now up to $138.1 million domestically and is up to $373 million worldwide. It's no surprise why Paramount is so keen on getting a sixth film out as soon as possible.
Opening at #3 is the spy film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (read our review), grossing $13.5 million in its first three days. Though it was never expected to post numbers similar to James Bond or Jason Bourne, Warner Bros. has to be a little upset with these totals. Even though critics said it was a fun time at the theater, U.N.C.L.E. didn't exactly move the needle in terms of groundbreaking genre thrills, and the source material connection had little effect on casual audiences. At least Henry Cavill has all those DC films to look forward to.
The #4 film of the week is Fantastic Four, which brought in $8 million in its second weekend. That's a 68.9 percent drop from its weak debut and raises the domestic total to just $41.9 million. If the reboot is looking for any positive developments at this point in time, it is getting a decent assist from the international markets, with a global total of $102 million. That's nothing to write home about, but it means the film is that much closer to recouping its $120 million production budget.
Rounding out the top five is The Gift. The indie thriller made an additional $6.5 million over the weekend and has brought in $23.5 Stateside.
Marvel's Ant-Man comes in at #6 with $5.5 million. The latest installment in the MCU has now made $157.5 million domestically.
Vacation is #7 after making $5.3 million. The comedy is now at $46.8 million for its domestic run.
Minions keeps chugging along, coming in at #8 this week with $5.2 million. The animated spinoff has now made $312.9 million in the U.S.
The #9 film this week is Ricki and the Flash, which made $4.5 million. The Meryl Streep vehicle is now at $14.6 million domestically.
Finishing off the top ten is Trainwreck. The romantic-comedy brought in $3.8 million over the weekend and is now at $97.9 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 17 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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