By Daniel Garris
Universal's Straight Outta Compton easily remained in first place this weekend with $26.36 million. The modestly budgeted F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic was down a sizable 56 percent from last weekend, but in the bigger picture continues impress in a big way. Straight Outta Compton surpassed the $100 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed a very strong $111.09 million in ten days. That places the film 47 percent ahead of the $75.54 million ten-day take of last year's Ride Along (which fell 49 percent in its second weekend to gross $21.30 million). With not much expected out of next weekend's new wide releases, Straight Outta Compton is highly likely to remain in first place next weekend.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation held steady in second place with $11.45 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount held up very well this weekend, as it was down just 33 percent. Rogue Nation continues to be aided by its strong word of mouth and strong critical reviews. The 24-day total for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation stands at $157.51 million. The film is currently running a healthy 38 percent ahead of the $114.27 million 24-day take of 2006's Mission: Impossible III and 6 percent ahead of the $148.67 million 24-day gross of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Focus' Sinister 2 debuted in third place with $10.54 million. While the low-budget horror sequel from Gramercy and Blumhouse Productions was the weekend's top new release, the film was still off to a softer than expected start. Sinister 2 appears to have been hurt by its poor critical reviews, the break-out performance of Straight Outta Compton and by the overall marketplace slowing as the summer box office season nears its end. Sinister 2 opened a lackluster 41.5 percent below the $18.01 million launch of 2012's Sinister. Sinister 2 did receive a B- rating on CinemaScore, which is quite respectable for a horror film, but on the other hand has a current Flixster audience score of just 42 percent.
Fox's Hitman: Agent 47 opened in fourth with $8.33 million. The video game based action film opened on the very low end of its modest pre-release expectations. Like Sinister 2, Hitman: Agent 47 was likely also hurt by poor critical reviews and by the tough competition from Straight Outta Compton. Hitman: Agent 47 debuted 37 percent below the $13.16 million three-day start of 2007's Hitman (which opened on a Wednesday) and performed more in line with the $6.32 million start of last year's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Hitman: Agent 47 received a solid B rating on CinemaScore, which suggests the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.32 million. While the Guy Ritchie directed spy comedy from Warner Bros. was down a solid 45.5 percent from last weekend's debut, the film is still significantly under-performing with a ten-day start of just $26.53 million. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is running 13 percent behind the $30.45 million ten-day take of last year's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (which fell 41 percent in its second weekend to gross $9.08 million).
Lionsgate's American Ultra arrived softly with a sixth place start of $5.45 million. The action comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg opened below its modest expectations. While American Ultra had an interesting advertising campaign, that campaign ultimately wasn't effective enough to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. American Ultra opened just below the $5.72 million debut of 2009's Adventureland, which is especially underwhelming given that Stewart and Eisenberg are both more well-known now than they were back when Adventureland was released. American Ultra received a so-so B- rating on CinemaScore.