By Daniel Garris
Universal's Straight Outta Compton continued its very impressive start on Monday with a first place take of $7.46 million. The modestly budgeted F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic was down 55.5 percent from Sunday's performance. After experiencing a sharp daily decline on Saturday, Straight Outta Compton has stabilized nicely on both Sunday and Monday. The film is outpacing its already lofty expectations with an excellent four-day start of $67.66 million. That places Straight Outta Compton 39 percent ahead of the $48.63 million four-day take of last year's Ride Along and 19 percent ahead of the $56.96 million four-day gross of 2002's 8 Mile. Straight Outta Compton will have a good chance of holding up well going forward thanks in part to its strong critical reviews, strong early word of mouth and the relatively soft new competition the film will face as the summer season winds down.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation placed in second with $1.86 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount was down 63 percent from Sunday and down 44 percent from last Monday. Rouge Nation has grossed $140.18 million through 18 days of release. That places the film a healthy 34 percent ahead of the $104.65 million 18-day take of 2006's Mission: Impossible III and 4 percent ahead of the $135.21 million 18-day gross of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Like Straight Outta Compton, Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation should hold up well going forward thanks to strong word of mouth and to the soft new competition it will face throughout the rest of the summer.
Warner's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. claimed third place with $1.41 million. The Guy Ritchie directed spy comedy starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer fell 60.5 percent from Sunday. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has grossed just $14.93 million in its first four days. That is below pre-release expectations and is soft with the film's price tag in mind. The strong competition from Straight Outta Compton and Rogue Nation is clearly taking a toll on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The film is currently running 17 percent behind the $18.03 million four-day start of last year's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Fantastic Four took fourth for the day with $0.962 million. Fox's superhero franchise re-launch attempt fell 59 percent from Sunday and a sharp 57.5 percent from last Monday. Fantastic Four continues to under-perform in a big way with an eleven-day take of just $43.09 million. That places the film a very disappointing 57 percent behind the $99.84 million eleven-day gross of 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
STX Entertainment's The Gift rounded out Monday's top five with $0.758 million. The Joel Edgerton directed thriller starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton declined 60 percent from Sunday and 44 percent from last Monday. The Gift continues to exceed expectations with an eleven-day take of $24.34 million. The film is running essentially on par with the $24.40 million eleven-day gross of last year's The Giver.