Grosses

'Straight Outta Compton' Leads for Third Straight Frame with $13.2M; 'War Room' Impresses in Second with $11.0M; 'No Escape' Takes Modest $8.3MAugust 30, 2015 08:50 AM

by Daniel Garris

Straight Outta Compton was able to hold off a strong challenge from War Room to remain in first place this weekend with an estimated $13.24 million. The modestly budgeted F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic from Universal has led the weekend box office for three consecutive frames. Straight Outta Compton is the fourth film to lead the box office for at least three consecutive weekends in 2015, as it joins Warner's American Sniper and fellow Universal releases Furious 7 and Jurassic World. Straight Outta Compton continued to show signs of being front-loaded, as the film was down 50 percent from last weekend. In the bigger picture, Straight Outta Compton continues to impress with a 17-day gross of $134.13 million. That is 45 percent ahead of the $92.70 million 17-day take of last year's Ride Along.

Sony's War Room was off to a very nice start this weekend with an estimated second place debut of $11.0 million. The low-budget Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film from TriStar and AFFIRM Films exceeded its modest expectations heading into the weekend. War Room opened 61 percent stronger than the $6.84 million debut of 2008's Fireproof and 21 percent ahead of the $9.11 million start of 2011's Courageous. Making the film's performance even more impressive was that it was only playing in 1,135 locations this weekend. That gave War Room a strong per-location average of $9,692 for the frame. War Room was aided by an effective grass-roots marketing campaign and by the pre-established fanbase for the Kendrick Brothers. Previous Kendrick Brothers films Fireproof and Courageous both displayed strong holding power during their respective runs. War Room will likely display strong holding power of its own going forward, especially given its A+ rating on CinemaScore.

War Room opened with $4.05 million on Friday (which included an estimated $600,000 from evening shows on Thursday), declined a slim 4 percent on Saturday to gross $3.89 million and is estimated to fall 21 percent on Sunday to take in $3.07 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.72 to 1. The audience breakdown for War Room skewed towards female moviegoers (60 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (85 percent).

It's a very close race for third place this weekend as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and No Escape are essentially tied based on studio estimates. With only $12,000 separating the weekend estimates of the two films, either could claim third place when actuals are released tomorrow.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation continued to hold up well with an estimated $8.30 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount was down just 27.5 percent from last weekend. Thanks in part to strong holding power throughout its run, Rogue Nation has grossed a very healthy $170.39 million through 31 days of release. That places Rogue Nation 6 percent ahead of the $160.14 million 31-day take of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Expect Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to hold up very well over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend frame.

The Weinstein Company's No Escape debuted with an estimated $8.29 million. The action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell opened in line with its modest pre-release expectations. Since its debut on Wednesday, No Escape has grossed $10.35 million in its first five days of release. That gives the film an estimated five-day to three-day weekend ratio of 1.25 to 1 and places the film 8 percent ahead of the $9.60 million five-day start of last year's Pierce Brosnan led The November Man. While No Escape received mixed reviews from critics, the film appears to be going over better with moviegoers as it received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore. No Escape will hope to hold up well next weekend with the aid of both good word of mouth and the Labor Day holiday.

Upon receiving a re-expansion this weekend that included a return to IMAX locations, Jurassic World took ninth place with an estimated $3.12 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal expanded into an additional 665 locations this weekend and was up 229 percent over last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Jurassic World remains the third highest grossing film of all-time domestically with a current total gross of $643.09 million.

Meanwhile, Warner's We Are Your Friends was off to an anemic start with an estimated $1.80 million. That placed the low-budget Zac Efron led drama all the way down in thirteenth place this weekend. We Are Your Friends obviously opened below expectations and potential for the film was ultimately limited by the film's low-profile advertising push. The film registered a weak per-location average of $772 from 2,333 locations and on top of everything else received a soft C+ rating on CinemaScore. We Are Your Friends debuted 79 percent below the $8.74 million start of last year's That Awkward Moment. We Are Your Friends certainly marks a poor first post-Neighbors performance for Efron, but the actor is likely to rebound in a big way next year with Dirty Grandpa, Neighbors 2 and Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates all scheduled to open in 2016.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$19,652,921--3,018--$6,512$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$17,677,565-47%3,5840$4,932$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The Dilemma$9,108,890-49%2,9433$3,095$32,746,2252Universal
4The King's Speech$7,854,910-14%1,680137$4,676$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
5True Grit (2010)$7,330,092-33%3,4645$2,116$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$5,869,744-30%2,40779$2,439$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Little Fockers$4,320,090-40%2,979-415$1,450$141,111,7055Universal
8The Fighter$4,164,504-18%2,275-139$1,831$72,680,7407Paramount
9Yogi Bear$3,819,395-29%2,510-192$1,522$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
10TRON: Legacy$3,647,121-36%2,018-421$1,807$163,206,6116Disney
11Tangled$3,081,926-23%1,860-188$1,657$186,356,4259Disney
12Season of the Witch$2,297,299-50%2,307-520$996$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$2,082,688-43%1,44117$1,445$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,353,936-42%1,135-569$1,193$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,159,012-45%1,100-566$1,054$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$1,218,867--678--$1,798$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$898,271-36%725-216$1,239$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
3The Tourist$881,114-48%875-545$1,007$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
4Blue Valentine (2010)$877,815-37%24212$3,627$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
5The Company Men$647,797--106--$6,111$690,9341Weinstein Company
6Megamind$571,044-14%320-21$1,785$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$444,08623%38563$1,153$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8The Heart Specialist$251,509-47%293-129$858$922,6372Freestyle
9Due Date$237,814-26%275-66$865$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$226,970-7%278-25$816$80,731,35211Fox
11Burlesque$217,015-18%2961$733$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
12Rabbit Hole$177,591-36%1011$1,758$1,268,0416Lionsgate
13How Do You Know$114,471-71%261-354$439$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
14Red (2010)$104,005-26%153-53$680$90,238,92215Summit
15Love and Other Drugs$99,853-36%146-20$684$32,156,8209Fox
16Secretariat$70,415-21%107-29$658$59,560,34316Disney
17Faster (2010)$61,55750%10629$581$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Barney's Version$478,68432%7735$6,217$1,573,3182Sony Pictures Classics
2Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$365,297--78--$4,683$365,2971UTV Communications
3Another Year$208,36686%4532$4,630$714,3874Sony Pictures Classics
4Yamla Pagla Deewana$203,712-60%840$2,425$851,3812Eros International
5Somewhere (2010)$203,401-19%8330$2,451$1,306,8965Focus
6Hubble 3D$131,598-10%535$2,483$210,013,55045Warner Bros. / IMAX
7127 Hours$118,557-27%69-7$1,718$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
8The Illusionist (2010)$80,59933%158$5,373$370,9845Sony Pictures Classics
9I Love You Phillip Morris$77,502-41%75-20$1,033$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
10Made in Dagenham$73,205-22%86-3$851$887,18510Sony Pictures Classics
11Casino Jack$71,244-41%48-12$1,484$743,1326IDP/ATO Pictures
12Life As We Know It$49,551-44%86-46$576$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
13Under the Sea 3D$48,45211%162$3,028$26,830,449102Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Fair Game (2010)$35,096-22%72-7$487$9,376,70612Summit
15All Good Things$31,88832%28-1$1,139$467,6068Magnolia Pictures
16No One Killed Jessica$28,667-71%28-17$1,024$428,6913UTV Communications
17Inside Job$24,248-30%23-5$1,054$3,660,81216Sony Pictures Classics
18Space Station 3D$19,99732%20$9,999$82,586,379458IMAX
19The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,670--2--$8,335$16,6701IFC Films
20The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$16,187-45%23-14$704$5,151,35413Music Box
21Biutiful$11,323--4--$2,831$92,0924Roadside Attractions
22Down for Life$8,817-62%50$1,763$39,6442B.D.Fox Independent
23Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$8,218-13%5-3$1,644$372,37615Zeitgeist Films
24The Warrior's Way$7,969-67%29-48$275$5,656,7878Relativity Media
25Tiny Furniture$7,838-18%164$490$347,66111IFC
26What If...$7,721--5--$1,544$775,30823Five & Two Pictures
27Four Lions$7,404-22%9-4$823$284,74812Drafthouse Films
28My Dog Tulip$7,156259%54$1,431$185,14421New Yorker Films
29Summer Wars$6,255-12%6-3$1,043$63,2935GKIDS
30Galapagos$6,240-34%20$3,120$17,807,970587IMAX
31Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$6,235159%105$624$187,54012Magnolia
32Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$6,217233%3-5$2,072$273,24221Music Box
33Deep Sea 3D$6,127-34%30$2,042$43,987,982256Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,918-52%10$5,918$62,4693First Run Features
35The Woodmans$5,874--1--$5,874$9,5601Lorber Films
36The Tempest$5,328-7%83$666$258,5577Disney
37William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,298158%42$1,325$42,43610Oscilloscope
38White Material$5,075-42%11-2$461$295,88610IFC
39Enemies of the People$4,241168%41$1,060$54,40326International Film Circuit
40Tamara Drewe$4,023--14--$287$551,07716Sony Pictures Classics
41Winter's Bone$4,016-35%6-1$669$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions
42Marwencol$3,894-21%60$649$82,34216Cinema Guild
43Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,83023%20$1,915$23,504,471173National Geographic
44The Salvation Poem$3,754-34%21$1,877$511,04915CanZion Films
45Ong Bak 3$3,389-40%30$1,130$12,5892Magnolia
46The Time That Remains$2,717-21%21$1,359$18,7193IFC
47Get Low$2,594--3--$865$9,116,29726Sony Pictures Classics
48Waste Land$2,396-73%41$599$116,70013Arthouse Films
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,389-6%30$796$703,69125National Geographic
50Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$2,283-60%10$2,283$13,2892Kino International
51Feed the Fish$2,244-25%41$561$99,93110Strand
52Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,18077%41$545$166,18220Lorber
53Nenette$1,797--2--$899$8,9385Kino International
54Bhutto$1,791-55%1-2$1,791$62,7918First Run Features
55Every Day$1,791-82%2-1$896$15,9182Image Entertainment
56The Strange Case of Angelica$1,770-48%1-1$1,770$31,0214Cinema Guild
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,428-85%4-5$357$548,42022Music Box
58Kings of Pastry$1,250-63%1-3$1,250$299,52719First Run
59You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,115--3--$372$3,245,08618Sony Pictures Classics
60The Little Traitor$1,052--1--$1,052$386,85659Westchester Films
61Howl$1,049-31%2-1$525$608,25718Oscilloscope
62Animal Kingdom$843--2--$422$1,023,84924Sony Pictures Classics
63Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$842--1--$842$35,92611Film Desk
64Zenith$501--3--$167$5,95817Cinema Purgatorio
65Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$500-53%1-4$500$236,2108Oscilloscope
66Night Catches Us$459-66%30$153$63,5578Magnolia
67Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$39384%10$393$91,23431Kino International
68To the Sea$345--1--$345$61,43628Film Movement