'Straight Outta Compton' Leads for Third Straight Frame with $13.1M; 'War Room' Impresses in Second with $11.4M; 'No Escape' Takes Fourth with Modest $8.1MAugust 31, 2015 12:59 PM

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 $13.13 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 $134.02 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 a second place debut of $11.35 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 66 percent stronger than the $6.84 million debut of 2008's Fireproof and 25 percent ahead of the $9.11 million start of 2011's Courageous. Making the film's performance even more impressive was that the film was only playing in 1,135 locations this weekend. That gave War Room a strong per-location average of $10,001 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 $3.88 million and was down just 12 percent on Sunday to gross $3.42 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.80 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).

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation continued to hold up well with a third place take of $8.16 million. It was an especially close race for third place this weekend, as Rogue Nation and No Escape were separated by only $44,317 for the frame. The Tom Cruise led Rogue Nation continues to hold up very well, as it was down 29 percent from last weekend. Thanks in part to strong holding power throughout its run, Rogue Nation has grossed a very healthy $170.24 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 in fourth with $8.11 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 $10.17 million in its first five days of release. That gives the film a five-day to three-day weekend ratio of 1.25 to 1 and places the film 6 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 positive 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 $3.01 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal expanded into an additional 665 locations this weekend and was up 218 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 $642.98 million.

Meanwhile, Warner's We Are Your Friends was off to an anemic start with $1.77 million. That placed the low-budget Zac Efron led drama all the way down in 14th place this weekend. We Are Your Friends obviously opened significantly 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 $758 from 2,333 locations and on top of everything else received a soft C+ rating on CinemaScore. We Are Your Friends debuted 80 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, Nov. 18 - Sun, Nov. 20

Wide (1000+)

1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$138,122,261--4,061--$34,012$138,122,2611Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$21,237,068--3,606--$5,889$21,237,0681Warner Bros.
3Immortals$12,351,959-62%3,1208$3,959$53,079,8892Relativity Media
4Jack and Jill$11,738,573-53%3,4380$3,414$40,766,4792Sony / Columbia
5Puss in Boots (2011)$10,804,311-56%3,415-488$3,164$122,391,8734Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tower Heist$7,105,045-44%2,942-428$2,415$53,538,8203Universal
7J. Edgar$5,928,120-47%1,94737$3,045$20,722,8142Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$2,902,434-51%1,808-1067$1,605$28,335,2803Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$1,710,692-58%1,367-1224$1,251$33,454,5334Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$1,000,518-72%1,402-1374$714$102,619,1955Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$861,189-68%1,218-997$707$50,166,8696Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1Real Steel$553,871-70%702-1056$789$82,557,9177Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$522,3524%10939$4,792$1,767,3584Paramount Vantage
3Moneyball$512,387-52%409-404$1,253$72,641,2919Sony / Columbia
4The Ides of March$460,272-51%298-398$1,545$39,100,1437Sony / Columbia
5Courageous$430,493-57%517-388$833$32,338,4718Sony / TriStar
6Margin Call$423,554-22%173-26$2,448$3,915,7915Roadside Attractions
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$384,642-20%180-3$2,137$2,258,4295Fox Searchlight
8The Help$297,70221%35779$834$168,231,63215Disney / DreamWorks
9The Skin I Live In$281,980-5%11322$2,495$2,107,9776Sony Pictures Classics
10The Way$275,281-17%137-34$2,009$3,038,8867Producers Distribution Agency
11Dolphin Tale$260,991-62%388-317$673$70,017,1289Warner Bros.
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$215,819-57%170-499$1,270$19,548,5505Summit
14The Smurfs$212,934-33%252-17$845$141,941,58817Sony / Columbia
15Contagion$200,035-36%301-54$665$75,178,90611Warner Bros.
16Rockstar$196,166-68%1120$1,751$911,0642Eros International
17Anonymous$176,612-70%179-303$987$4,152,9544Sony / Columbia
18The Rum Diary$148,070-82%152-795$974$12,839,2674FilmDistrict
20Johnny English Reborn$86,945-58%108-102$805$8,269,1055Universal
21Rise of the Planet of the Apes$86,291-34%131-33$659$176,454,88516Fox
22RA. One$33,727-72%1890$178$2,496,8254Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Descendants$1,190,096--29--$41,038$1,269,2961Fox Searchlight
2Melancholia$337,53031%5738$5,922$709,2122Magnolia Pictures
3The Lion King 3D$130,006-33%82-14$1,585$93,883,13610Disney
4Take Shelter$91,829-23%74-8$1,241$1,359,7088Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$79,713-32%490$1,627$14,279,60133Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$61,775-41%46-29$1,343$34,363,12210FilmDistrict
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$47,494-42%91-39$522$84,323,97017Warner Bros.
8Hubble 3D$45,121-18%20-2$2,256$29,725,66688Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Into the Abyss$42,519-11%2715$1,575$110,8932IFC Films
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$37,399-27%70-2$534$38,466,27514Weinstein Company
11Cars 2$35,637-47%86-15$414$191,382,06022Disney
12Midnight in Paris$34,691-25%36-2$964$55,600,12827Sony Pictures Classics
13Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$31,91464%156$2,128$133,3325Submarine Deluxe
14Sarah's Key$31,913-68%52-110$614$7,661,82918Weinstein Company
15Le Havre$29,627-24%13-4$2,279$198,8685Janus Films
16The Big Year$27,962-14%59-24$474$7,121,2456Fox
17The Guard$26,118-25%22-7$1,187$5,244,46717Sony Pictures Classics
18Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$25,423-53%78-7$326$381,000,18519Warner Bros.
19Eames: The Architect and the Painter$24,481--6--$4,080$29,8921First Run Features
20The Women on the 6th Floor$23,6878%153$1,579$310,3407Strand Releasing
21Under the Sea 3D$21,992-19%110$1,999$30,092,387145Warner Bros. / IMAX
22The Mighty Macs$19,564-64%28-33$699$1,864,9525Quaker Media
23Mozart's Sister$16,609-26%224$755$600,61614Music Box Films
24Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$11,25330%32$3,751$23,7182Variance Films
25What's Your Number?$11,208-50%25-38$448$14,008,1938Fox
26Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$9,719-26%13-5$748$817,73520International Film Circuit
27The Conquest$9,592-41%82$1,199$155,0842Music Box Films
28Weekend$9,325-27%11-6$848$455,4599IFC Films
29Young Goethe In Love$8,80073%30$2,933$45,7083Music Box Films
30Shark Night 3D$8,558-46%27-2$317$18,872,52212Relativity Media
31Another Happy Day$8,464--2--$4,232$8,4641Phase 4 Films
32I Don't Know How She Does It$8,028-72%38-45$211$9,659,07410Weinstein Company
33Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$7,678-7%9-1$853$4,383,255803D Entertainment
34Tyrannosaur$7,635--5--$1,527$7,6351Strand Releasing
35The Whale$7,254469%54$1,451$45,64311Paladin
36Tomboy (2011)$7,078--1--$7,078$9,1181Dada Films
37The Other F Word$6,8216%63$1,137$36,7693Oscilloscope
38Laugh at My Pain$6,435-2%11-2$585$7,696,63211CodeBlack Entertainment
39Love Crime$6,33339%111$576$529,10312IFC Films
40Inni$6,182-59%6-1$1,030$88,5264Cinema Purgatorio
41Garbo: The Spy$5,593--1--$5,593$5,5931First Run Features
42Revenge of the Electric Car$5,505-79%3-8$1,835$113,1055Area23a
43The Man Nobody Knew$5,310-19%3-3$1,770$137,9959First Run Features
44Hell and Back Again$4,974542%32$1,658$29,6867Docurama Films
45The Mill and the Cross$4,657-61%9-1$517$241,00210Kino Lorber
46Blackthorn$4,332-16%60$722$158,8717Magnolia Pictures
47Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$4,140-27%5-5$828$225,50212Music Box Films
48Machine Gun Preacher$3,51467%197$185$531,5959Relativity Media
50The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$2,830--4--$708$27,2691Music Box Films
513 (2010)$2,545737%54$509$56,61610Strand Releasing
52Amigo$2,416187%41$604$170,17214Variance Films
53Senna$2,333-39%2-1$1,167$1,607,37015Producers Distribution Agency
54Our Idiot Brother$2,211-70%6-6$369$24,814,83013Weinstein Company
55London Boulevard$2,077-39%10$2,077$6,9112IFC Films
56Rid of Me$2,070--1--$2,070$2,0701Submarine Entertainment
57Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$2,040-16%70$291$222,0118Magnolia / Magnet
58My Reincarnation$1,976-16%20$988$24,6624Long Shot Factory
59Breakaway$1,946-85%3-3$649$1,880,2998Alliance Films
60El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,695-56%2-1$848$170,67817Alive Mind Cinema
61Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,38486%87$173$489,08412Indomina Media
63The Names of Love$1,197-30%1-1$1,197$512,66822Music Box Films
64Happy, Happy$1,043-49%3-1$348$44,94710Magnolia Pictures
65Apollo 18$1,016-87%5-13$203$17,686,92912Weinstein Company
66Littlerock$892--1--$892$15,20715Variance Films
67Life, Above All$718-57%1-5$718$134,07819Sony Pictures Classics
68Higher Ground$656-85%6-11$109$828,63813Sony Pictures Classics
69Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$440--1--$440$43,21415Lorber Films
70Circumstance$432-72%2-3$216$441,40413Roadside Attractions
71Special Treatment$344--1--$344$8,85613First Run Features
72OKA!$280--1--$280$12,7026Dada Films
73Restless (2011)$237-52%2-2$119$160,22910Sony Pictures Classics
74Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$81-95%1-2$81$33,17110International Film Circuit
75The Future$25-93%1-2$25$568,21117Roadside Attractions