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, Sep. 30 - Sun, Oct. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dolphin Tale$13,912,419-27%3,5158$3,958$37,183,7962Warner Bros.
2Moneyball$12,031,592-38%2,9930$4,020$38,000,1302Sony / Columbia
3The Lion King 3D$10,615,645-52%2,34010$4,537$79,209,7943Disney
4Courageous$9,112,839--1,161--$7,849$9,112,8391Sony / TriStar
550/50$8,644,095--2,458--$3,517$8,644,0951Summit
6Dream House$8,129,335--2,661--$3,055$8,129,3551Universal
7Abduction$5,608,053-49%3,1180$1,799$19,097,2412Lionsgate
8What's Your Number?$5,421,669--3,002--$1,806$5,421,6691Fox
9Killer Elite$4,916,839-47%2,9860$1,647$17,501,2862Open Road
10Contagion$4,907,154-42%2,744-392$1,788$64,569,6194Warner Bros.
11Drive (2011)$3,289,714-43%1,974-930$1,667$27,003,0293FilmDistrict
12The Help$3,015,995-31%2,505-190$1,204$159,373,0238Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$735,231-35%278-9$2,645$6,250,7194CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Debt$628,884-50%603-464$1,043$30,073,7515Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$541,075-53%591-587$916$174,482,6299Fox
4Bad Teacher$473,817194%354122$1,338$100,226,01515Sony / Columbia
5Warrior (2011)$460,263-59%707-704$651$13,082,6674Lionsgate
6Captain America: The First Avenger$436,20744%35016$1,246$175,330,41811Paramount
7Straw Dogs (2011)$426,681-79%874-1534$488$10,067,9033Sony / Screen Gems
8Colombiana$407,354-56%412-435$989$35,845,4216Sony / TriStar
9I Don't Know How She Does It$401,675-80%745-1745$539$9,222,1133Weinstein Company
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$398,083-49%405-270$983$82,763,54010Warner Bros.
11Cars 2$382,241--255--$1,499$190,061,32915Disney
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$359,592-50%710-497$506$37,544,3877Weinstein Company
13The Smurfs$336,049-38%411-258$818$138,809,04510Sony / Columbia
14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$273,263-29%252-68$1,084$379,245,61012Warner Bros.
15Zookeeper$211,317-32%253-41$835$79,912,19013Sony / Columbia
16Transformers: Dark of the Moon$200,720-50%208-43$965$352,222,09814Paramount / DreamWorks
17The Guard$193,343-22%157-10$1,231$4,455,13510Sony Pictures Classics
18Cowboys & Aliens$186,795-33%241-104$775$99,552,61110Universal
19Midnight in Paris$180,622-19%140-25$1,290$54,697,32920Sony Pictures Classics
20Horrible Bosses$171,737-36%222-91$774$117,223,92613Warner Bros. / New Line
21Shark Night 3D$141,688-70%292-345$485$18,492,1055Relativity Media
22Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$129,142-63%216-208$598$23,708,5106FilmDistrict
23Sarah's Key$109,812-17%139-12$790$6,770,09111Weinstein Company
24Seven Days in Utopia$84,244-64%135-137$624$4,104,0635Visio Entertainment
25Final Destination 5$75,574-55%144-110$525$42,520,9188Warner Bros. / New Line
26Mr. Popper's Penguins$69,498-36%103-50$675$68,131,16016Fox
27Our Idiot Brother$64,252-75%136-275$472$24,603,2246Weinstein Company
28Apollo 18$52,239-72%114-225$458$17,486,0595Weinstein Company
29Conan the Barbarian (2011)$50,505146%11559$439$21,270,9047Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Breakaway$546,866--48--$11,393$546,8661Alliance Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$111,946-3%490$2,285$13,181,61926Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Mausam$103,018-78%960$1,073$655,5522Eros International
4Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$86,086--11--$7,826$86,0861Nocturnal Features
5Machine Gun Preacher$84,73288%3329$2,568$142,9312Relativity Media
6Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$53,376-35%34-14$1,570$355,2785Indomina Media
7Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$52,843--31--$1,705$52,8431Magnolia / Magnet
8Take Shelter$52,041--3--$17,347$52,0411Sony Pictures Classics
9Weekend$48,41878%65$8,070$92,2322IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$48,259-23%260$1,856$29,017,20881Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Hedgehog$48,138--26--$1,851$492,2677NeoClassics Films
12Higher Ground$48,079-31%51-13$943$661,2926Sony Pictures Classics
13Love Crime$46,867-3%211$2,232$293,0765IFC Films
14Senna$43,9074%321$1,372$1,257,2918Producers Distribution Agency
15Munger Road$36,605--1--$36,605$36,6051Freestyle Releasing
16The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$32,7121%93$3,635$126,2404IFC Films
17Mozart's Sister$32,481-12%18-4$1,805$284,1057Music Box Films
18The Whistleblower$22,799-23%34-16$671$1,052,0149IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
19Pearl Jam Twenty$21,585-79%5-5$4,317$454,7842Abramorama
20The Mill and the Cross$20,982-4%72$2,997$76,9423Kino Lorber
21Restless (2011)$20,96035%4326$487$70,7913Sony Pictures Classics
22Circumstance$20,387-38%23-6$886$345,7236Roadside Attractions
23Under the Sea 3D$19,88417%102$1,988$29,857,505138Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,212-20%10-2$1,921$4,271,367733D Entertainment
25Point Blank$18,888-6%24-2$787$646,09510Magnolia / Magnet
26The Tree of Life$17,740-44%29-10$612$13,246,06919Fox Searchlight
27Fright Night (2011)$16,730-14%23-21$727$18,084,0907Disney / DreamWorks
28Thunder Soul$16,538-68%13-22$1,272$81,3902Roadside Attractions
29Muran$16,490--10--$1,649$16,4901UTV Communications
30Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$16,32016%122$1,360$582,87013International Film Circuit
31The Man Nobody Knew$13,762-11%32$4,587$34,8072First Run Features
32Brighton Rock (2011)$13,535-9%246$564$186,0166IFC Films
33Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,200693%32$3,400$214,68615Abramorama
34Puncture$10,141-65%40$2,535$46,0382Millennium Entertainment
35Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$9,548--9--$1,061$9,5481UTV Communications
36Another Earth$8,90259%151$593$1,316,07411Fox Searchlight
37Finding Joe$8,753--1--$8,753$8,7531Balcony Releasing
38The Future$8,654-7%16-11$541$535,95710Roadside Attractions
39Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$8,271-19%4-3$2,068$130,6255Music Box Films
40Mysteries of Lisbon$8,14517%51$1,629$89,3399Music Box Films
41El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$8,031130%73$1,147$125,82710Alive Mind Cinema
42Where Soldiers Come From$7,82636%30$2,609$25,3594International Film Circuit
43Space Station 3D$7,573-9%1-2$7,573$84,310,794494IMAX
44Margaret$7,525--2--$3,763$7,5251Fox Searchlight
45Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$6,911--6--$1,152$6,9111Freestyle Releasing
46Limelight (2011)$6,321-34%10$6,321$24,5932Magnolia Pictures
47Happy, Happy$6,06144%74$866$22,5033Magnolia Pictures
48American Teacher$6,036--2--$3,018$6,0361First Run Features
49The Names of Love$5,227-24%111$475$486,30215Music Box Films
50The Interrupters$4,939-39%5-2$988$199,61110Cinema Guild
51The Whale$4,5566%21$2,278$18,7794Paladin
52Fancypants$4,227--1--$4,227$4,2271Undefined
53Incendiary: The Willingham Case$4,120-44%21$2,060$13,1702Truly Indie
54The Tree$3,542321%64$590$55,66412Zeitgeist Films
55People v. The State of Illusion$3,162-28%10$3,162$33,9874IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
56Magic Trip$3,02938%5-2$606$142,6009Magnolia Pictures
57Bellflower$2,814-34%131$216$155,0709Oscilloscope
58Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,44614%71$349$1,060,05416Magnolia Pictures
59Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$2,32029%20$1,160$17,9333International Film Circuit
60My Joy$2,077--1--$2,077$2,0771Kino Lorber
61Project Nim$1,851-59%7-11$264$397,78513Roadside Attractions
62Life, Above All$1,778-53%7-9$254$116,53712Sony Pictures Classics
63Benda Bilili!$1,678--1--$1,678$1,6781National Geographic
64The Last Circus$1,634-63%50$327$34,5807Magnolia / Magnet
653 (2010)$1,569-82%60$262$31,0493Strand Releasing
66Griff the Invisible$1,307--1--$1,307$20,0837Indomina Media
67Jane's Journey$959-81%21$480$14,1523First Run Features
68Caesar & Otto's Summer Camp Massacre$952-86%2-1$476$25,8443Nocturnal Features
69WAR: Women Art Revolution$818-54%1-1$818$49,70618Zeitgeist Films
70A Bird of the Air$809-79%10$809$5,4622Paladin
71Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$774-83%4-8$194$1,190,36913Sony Pictures Classics
72Turtle: The Incredible Journey$646-7%1-1$646$375,73615Hannover House
73Pianomania$604-20%1-1$604$28,50919First Run Features
74Deep Sea 3D$497--1--$497$44,472,773292Warner Bros. / IMAX
75Leap Year (2011)$405--1--$405$12,56115Strand Releasing
76The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$384--1--$384$16,3324The Film Desk
77Aurora$371--1--$371$5,06114Cinema Guild
78Bill Cunningham New York$350-50%10$350$1,500,81329Zeitgeist Films
79Rapt$259-30%21$130$40,89113Lorber Films
80Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$217-53%10$217$20,7265Argot Pictures
81The Robber$192--1--$192$82,17223Kino International
82Film Socialisme$188-6%10$188$31,73318Lorber Films