Weekend Box Office: Compton Tops the Competition Again

Straight Outta Compton Review

It was another quiet weekend at the North American box office as Universal Pictures’ Straight Outta Compton stayed put at number one for a third straight weekend. Three new films entered the fray this weekend, but only the faith-based drama War Room made any sort of impact. Fellow newcomers No Escape and We Are Your Friends made little to no impact. Business was down 26% from last weekend’s weak numbers and down a steep 24% from last year at this time.

Now playing on 3,142 screens, Straight Outta Compton added an estimated $13.2 million to Universal’s coffers. Off 50% from last weekend, Compton currently stands at $134.1 million and is still on track to wind down its run with a remarkable $165 million. Compton joins fellow 2015 Universal releases Furious 7 and Jurassic World to hold the number one spot for three straight weeks.

Making a surprise second place finish was the faith-based drama War Room with an estimated $11 million from 1,135 theaters. The latest religious drama from director Alex Kendrick (Fireproof, Courageous) benefitted from extensive outreach from the filmmakers and distributor Tri-Star to ministers and church groups nationwide. Reviews were damning for the $3 million drama. The nation’s scribes gave the film a 17% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes but ticket buyers thought otherwise. They gave the film an “A+” rating on CinemaScore. The $9,692 per screen average was the highest in the top ten.

Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation moved down one spot to third place where it earned an estimated $8.3 million from 3,095 theaters. After one month, Nation has earned a great $170.3 million domestically and an additional $281 million from overseas. Down 28% from last week, the Tom Cruise blockbuster still has an outside shot at hitting the $200 million mark by the end of its run. With China opening the film in mid-September, that foreign total should rise significantly.

Fourth place went to the new Owen Wilson action drama No Escape with a meek $8.2 million from 3,355 theaters. Since last Wednesday, the film has earned $10.3 million. Reviews were largely negative for the Weinstein Company release, which was directed by John Erick Dowdle and co-stars Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell. Brosnan had another action film non-starter last August with The November Man.

Rounding out the top five was the Focus Features horror sequel Sinister 2 with an estimated $4.65 million from 2,799 theaters, a drop of 56% from its opening weekend. After ten days, the $10 million production has earned $18.5 million and should finish its run around $27 million.

Rounding out the top ten were the following:

6) The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Warner) $4.4 million; $34.1 million

7) Hitman: Agent 47 (Fox) $3.8 million; $15.2 million

8) The Gift (STX) $3.1 million; $36 million

9) Jurassic World $$3.1 million; $643 million

10) Ant-Man (Disney) $3 million; $169 million

The third and final new release of the weekend was Warner’s We Are Your Friends, which landed with a massive thud in 13th place with a tone-deaf $1.8 million from 2,333 screens. The Zac Effron DJ drama was mike-dropped by the critics and ignored by the public. Warner picked up distribution rights for the film for only a few million dollars, so their loss should be minimal.

Next weekend, The Transporter: Refueled arrives on the scene in the hopes of closing out the 2015 summer movie season on a high note.

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