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. 28 - Sun, Jan. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$14,789,393--2,985--$4,955$14,789,3931Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$13,410,065-32%3,0224$4,437$39,502,3042Paramount
3The Mechanic$11,422,006--2,703--$4,226$11,422,0061CBS Films
4The Green Hornet$11,184,361-37%3,524-60$3,174$78,485,0163Sony / Columbia
5The King's Speech$11,064,78141%2,557877$4,327$72,179,68810Weinstein Company
6True Grit (2010)$7,518,2653%3,120-344$2,410$148,305,9006Paramount
7The Dilemma$5,665,730-38%2,905-38$1,950$40,824,1853Universal
8Black Swan$5,118,269-13%2,315-92$2,211$90,722,3109Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$3,960,280-5%1,914-361$2,069$78,278,2048Paramount
10Yogi Bear$3,167,440-17%2,133-377$1,485$92,509,2817Warner Bros.
11Little Fockers$2,573,930-40%2,051-928$1,255$144,727,4706Universal
12TRON: Legacy$2,529,097-31%1,505-513$1,680$166,732,1847Disney
13Tangled$2,526,561-18%1,589-271$1,590$189,576,78510Disney
14Country Strong$1,274,454-39%1,287-154$990$18,806,2816Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$778,183-66%1,110-1197$701$23,710,6644Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$2,136,8011702%916847$2,333$13,510,92113Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,186,12435%415173$2,858$6,063,2245Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$1,115,638--256--$4,358$1,115,6381Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$884,917-35%732-403$1,209$101,814,7538Fox
5Gulliver's Travels (2010)$726,653-37%653-447$1,113$40,973,7676Fox
6The Company Men$665,4023%211105$3,154$1,547,5102Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$600,929-33%465-260$1,292$292,223,49211Warner Bros.
8Barney's Version$523,9069%11942$4,403$2,287,5083Sony Pictures Classics
9The Way Back$523,600-57%595-83$880$2,174,8882Newmarket Films
10Megamind$493,135-14%300-20$1,644$146,961,44413Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Social Network$444,5330%367-18$1,211$96,020,43718Sony / Columbia
12The Tourist$361,472-59%428-447$845$66,559,1418Sony / Columbia
13Unstoppable (2010)$205,256-10%250-28$821$81,013,63912Fox
14Rabbit Hole$172,086-3%12423$1,388$1,534,0947Lionsgate
15Burlesque$149,164-31%238-58$627$39,290,14310Sony / Screen Gems
16Inside Job$115,832378%250227$463$3,674,18317Sony Pictures Classics
17The Heart Specialist$86,639-66%119-174$728$1,062,2483Freestyle
18Red (2010)$78,513-25%119-34$660$90,356,85716Summit
19Love and Other Drugs$67,699-32%117-29$579$32,270,29510Fox
20Faster (2010)$67,3489%1148$591$23,171,65010CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$457,2063938%5955$7,749$619,5165Roadside Attractions
2Another Year$309,09748%9146$3,397$1,102,2365Sony Pictures Classics
3The Illusionist (2010)$133,98866%2510$5,360$537,5906Sony Pictures Classics
4Hubble 3D$130,458-1%49-4$2,662$21,228,01846Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Somewhere (2010)$111,454-45%60-23$1,858$1,499,0826Focus
6Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$102,153-72%75-3$1,362$521,5822UTV Communications
7Yamla Pagla Deewana$64,174-68%840$764$961,2573Eros International
8Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$61,057--20--$3,053$61,0571Variance Films
9Casino Jack$58,363-18%491$1,191$832,8057IDP/ATO Pictures
10Secretariat$57,563-18%90-17$640$59,643,42917Disney
11Under the Sea 3D$54,30212%160$3,394$26,909,020103Warner Bros. / IMAX
12I Love You Phillip Morris$44,619-42%49-26$911$1,882,1709Roadside Attractions
13Winter's Bone$30,190652%2721$1,118$6,308,48534Roadside Attractions
14Made in Dagenham$26,661-64%42-44$635$943,42611Sony Pictures Classics
15All Good Things$20,304-36%23-5$883$503,6339Magnolia Pictures
16What If...$17,881132%50$3,576$795,14624Five & Two Pictures
17Get Low$15,652503%5956$265$9,132,88427Sony Pictures Classics
18Fair Game (2010)$15,066-57%40-32$377$9,410,99113Summit
19Kaboom$13,714--1--$13,714$13,7141IFC Films
20Space Station 3D$13,638-32%20$6,819$82,653,362459IMAX
21The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$12,185-25%22-1$554$5,169,44414Music Box
22The Housemaid (Hanyo)$12,067-28%31$4,022$36,0392IFC Films
23Tiny Furniture$10,58335%13-3$814$362,09212IFC
24The Woodmans$8,99853%32$2,999$23,2932Lorber Films
25Galapagos$8,61138%20$4,306$17,820,766588IMAX
26Bhutto$8,378368%43$2,095$72,1189First Run Features
27Four Lions$6,777-8%8-1$847$294,12513Drafthouse Films
28Animal Kingdom$6,154630%119$559$1,030,28825Sony Pictures Classics
29Deep Sea 3D$6,038-1%30$2,013$43,996,443257Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Summer Wars$6,019-4%3-3$2,006$72,3016GKIDS
31When We Leave (Die Fremde)$6,018--2--$3,009$6,0181Olive Films
32The Tempest$5,5264%91$614$267,4848Disney
33Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$5,107-38%4-1$1,277$381,90516Zeitgeist Films
34White Material$4,603-9%6-5$767$302,81911IFC
35Howl$4,512330%31$1,504$613,98619Oscilloscope
36The Salvation Poem$4,49520%20$2,248$519,90216CanZion Films
37Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$4,486-24%10$4,486$70,7374First Run Features
38No One Killed Jessica$4,478-84%8-20$560$439,8014UTV Communications
39My Dog Tulip$4,423-38%4-1$1,106$194,66122New Yorker Films
40The Warrior's Way$4,346-45%28-1$155$5,664,2519Relativity Media
41Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,9152%20$1,958$23,510,561174National Geographic
42Waste Land$3,55648%3-1$1,185$123,72714Arthouse Films
43The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,42443%41$856$708,12626National Geographic
44Marwencol$3,150-19%60$525$88,17017Cinema Guild
45Night Catches Us$2,201380%41$550$67,1899Magnolia
46A Somewhat Gentle Man$1,987--1--$1,987$6,3803Strand Releasing
47Nenette$1,754-2%31$585$10,9336Kino International
48Tamara Drewe$1,644-59%6-8$274$554,91817Sony Pictures Classics
49Kings of Pastry$1,56225%21$781$302,06520First Run
50Every Day$1,311-27%42$328$18,1103Image Entertainment
51Enemies of the People$1,270-70%40$318$59,06627International Film Circuit
52Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,126--2--$563$62,37914Variance Films
53Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,098179%21$549$92,67932Kino International
54Ong Bak 3$928-73%41$232$14,4983Magnolia
55Plastic Planet$648--2--$324$2,0703First Run Features
56Zenith$64829%41$162$7,09818Cinema Purgatorio
57You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$580-48%30$193$3,246,42619Sony Pictures Classics
58Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$515-92%2-1$258$274,24722Music Box
59William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$493-91%2-2$247$45,01611Oscilloscope
60Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$240-89%2-2$120$166,77021Lorber
61Mesrine: Killer Instinct$99-93%1-3$99$548,96223Music Box