Grosses

'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, Aug. 10 - Sun, Aug. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$38,142,825--3,745--$10,185$38,142,8251Universal
2The Campaign$26,588,460--3,205--$8,296$26,588,4601Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$18,979,397-47%3,690-552$5,143$389,588,2164Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$14,650,121--2,361--$6,205$19,103,1781Sony / Columbia
5Total Recall (2012)$8,013,040-69%3,6010$2,225$44,101,4322Sony / Columbia
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,002,166-45%3,40110$2,353$30,356,1742Fox
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,380,929-26%3,103-439$2,056$143,694,9815Fox
8Ted (2012)$3,223,675-43%2,208-559$1,460$209,848,5857Universal
9Step Up Revolution$2,941,818-50%1,898-708$1,550$30,256,5803Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$2,221,451-66%2,463-705$902$31,396,0793Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$2,121,235-52%1,585-840$1,338$255,464,6776Sony / Columbia
12Brave$1,802,665-40%1,259-851$1,432$227,245,5318Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,183,701--800--$1,480$2,166,1591ARC Entertainment
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$722,883-37%286-32$2,528$7,160,1567Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$614,394-50%447-240$1,374$42,074,79212Focus
4Men in Black 3$508,001-22%295-31$1,722$177,549,43412Sony / Columbia
5Ruby Sparks$443,10212%261197$1,698$1,240,6003Fox Searchlight
6Magic Mike$422,331-70%450-752$939$112,238,9497Warner Bros.
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$421,435-28%306-198$1,377$211,686,19910Paramount / DreamWorks
8To Rome with Love$418,752-49%264-118$1,586$15,089,0518Sony Pictures Classics
9The Intouchables$375,409-34%1940$1,935$9,298,84012Weinstein Company
10The Hunger Games$324,057-25%260-31$1,246$407,294,29221Lionsgate
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$287,631-61%364-373$790$64,742,4957Lionsgate
12Snow White and the Huntsman$274,350-13%273-36$1,005$154,299,06011Universal
13Marvel's The Avengers$270,823-35%220-80$1,231$617,291,91615Disney
14Savages$244,860-75%318-386$770$46,808,1256Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$168,041-46%184-46$913$45,375,33615Fox Searchlight
16Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$140,278-31%202-75$694$25,074,3076Paramount
17Prometheus$111,008-34%141-57$787$126,048,26910Fox
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$90,503-29%130-35$696$37,179,4538Fox
19People Like Us$52,719-59%140-57$377$12,361,4707Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12016: Obama's America$317,316830%6151$5,202$535,7235Rocky Mountain Pictures
2The Queen of Versailles$212,618-21%8922$2,389$927,1624Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$207,6321%520$3,993$7,296,33517Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Celeste and Jesse Forever$125,04316%1814$6,947$296,9592Sony Pictures Classics
5Farewell, My Queen$99,145-47%582$1,709$804,9935Cohen Media Group
6Bernie$79,313-39%88-9$901$8,940,21216Millennium Entertainment
7Searching For Sugar Man$63,34263%158$4,223$166,3683Sony Pictures Classics
8Born to Be Wild 3D$62,033-2%330$1,880$20,469,73971Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Safety Not Guaranteed$60,576-62%73-48$830$3,603,02510FilmDistrict
10Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$54,691-25%25-1$2,188$235,7983IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$52,00423%141$3,715$34,067,759126Warner Bros. / IMAX
12From Beneath$47,628--18--$2,646$47,6281Nocturnal Features
13The Imposter$43,89123%135$3,376$167,8765Indomina Releasing
14Red Hook Summer$40,070--4--$10,018$40,0701Variance Films
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,281249%100$3,928$5,937,5761183D Entertainment
16Under the Sea 3D$38,72230%7-2$5,532$32,139,878183Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Take This Waltz$24,518-55%35-16$701$1,137,5947Magnolia Pictures
182 Days In New York$23,942--2--$11,971$23,9421Magnolia Pictures
19Dark Shadows$23,406-78%45-87$520$79,711,67814Warner Bros.
20Rock of Ages$19,990-71%57-88$351$38,509,3429Warner Bros. / New Line
21The Well-Digger's Daughter$19,946-39%130$1,534$137,6244Kino Lorber
22Easy Money (2012)$18,122-16%71$2,589$143,2575Weinstein Company
23Your Sister's Sister$16,021-57%33-19$485$1,546,7539IFC Films
24The Three Stooges$13,794-50%27-5$511$44,328,23818Fox
25Deep Sea 3D$13,525-25%20$6,763$44,894,031337Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Max and the Junkmen (2012 re-issue)$13,000--1--$13,000$13,0001Rialto Pictures
27Girlfriend Boyfriend - GF BF$9,702-67%8-8$1,213$56,8102China Lion Film
28360$9,647-21%119$877$45,9042Magnolia Pictures
29Monsieur Lazhar$8,549-42%100$855$1,982,03742Music Box Films
30$upercapitalist$8,372--1--$8,372$8,3721Truly Indie
31Meet The Fokkens$7,628--1--$7,628$10,1281Kino Lorber
32The Magic of Belle Isle$7,355-2%81$919$90,2286Magnolia Pictures
33Unforgivable$7,098--6--$1,183$104,5227Strand Releasing
34Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$6,521--5--$1,304$38,4094Tribeca Film
35Trishna$6,178-74%13-10$475$225,1965IFC Films
36Neil Young Journeys$5,894-56%140$421$148,8837Sony Pictures Classics
37A Cat In Paris$5,868-46%12-2$489$287,70911GKIDS
38Total Recall (1990) (2012 re-issue)$5,788--1--$5,788$5,7881Rialto Pictures
39Hysteria$5,779-11%161$361$1,749,93213Sony Pictures Classics
40Klown$5,757-51%10-6$576$52,8813Drafthouse Films
41Red Lights (2012)$5,393-63%8-10$674$49,2515Millennium Entertainment
42Dark Horse$5,226-32%8-1$653$150,48210Vitagraph
43Shut Up and Play the Hits$4,880-40%82$610$505,1544Oscilloscope
44Headhunters$4,652-50%9-1$517$1,196,75216Magnolia Pictures
45Kumare$4,071-62%6-3$679$87,7738Kino Lorber
46For Greater Glory$4,036-74%10-24$404$5,669,08111ARC Entertainment
47Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$3,981347%42$995$74,1029Music Box Films
48Jiro Dreams of Sushi$3,137-26%3-3$1,046$2,545,98823Magnolia Pictures
49Elena (2012)$2,799-64%3-2$933$205,32013Zeitgeist Films
50You've Been Trumped$2,275-49%21$1,138$9,0752International Film Circuit
51Marley$1,976-33%51$395$1,412,12417Magnolia Pictures
52I Wish$1,600-65%3-3$533$144,40814Magnolia Pictures
53Dreams of A Life$1,543-50%10$1,543$6,5952Strand Releasing
54Nobody Else But You$1,471-61%20$736$32,06914First Run Features
55Mirror Mirror$1,295-81%456$29$64,933,67020Relativity Media
56Lost Bohemia$1,22363%1-1$1,223$23,58465Impact Partners
57Mosquita Y Mari$1,186-77%10$1,186$8,6142The Film Collaborative
58The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$1,103--1--$1,103$41,61318Rialto
59Union Square (2012)$832-17%20$416$36,1245Dada Films
60Soldiers of Fortune$641-97%2-48$321$38,8422Roadside Attractions
61The Invisible War$619-46%2-1$310$52,6008Cinedigm
62Damsels in Distress$44466%20$222$1,006,68119Sony Pictures Classics
63Darling Companion$368-94%4-3$92$791,43117Sony Pictures Classics
64Where Do We Go Now?$339-93%1-11$339$521,48914Sony Pictures Classics
65Natural Selection$335--1--$335$55,28222Cinema Guild
66China Heavyweight$325--1--$325$8,8626Zeitgeist Films
67The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$206-93%1-1$206$1,124,78621Music Box Films
685 Broken Cameras$187-79%1-1$187$63,92411Kino Lorber
69Bonsai$149-92%1-2$149$21,16314Strand Releasing