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, Feb. 28 - Sun, Mar. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$28,875,635--3,090--$9,345$28,875,6351Universal
2Son of God$25,601,865--3,260--$7,853$25,601,8651Fox
3The LEGO Movie$20,828,356-33%3,770-120$5,525$209,138,4404Warner Bros.
43 Days to Kill$4,950,813-60%2,8720$1,724$20,751,6962Relativity Media
5The Monuments Men$4,940,198-38%3,002-62$1,646$65,633,1714Sony / Columbia
6RoboCop (2014)$4,508,609-54%2,885-487$1,563$51,220,0533Sony / Columbia
7Pompeii$4,331,431-58%2,6580$1,630$17,767,1152Sony / TriStar
8Frozen (2013)$3,631,640-18%1,746-145$2,080$388,756,78315Disney
9About Last Night$3,383,253-55%1,804-449$1,875$43,734,6013Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$3,037,680-34%1,869-317$1,625$127,161,0807Universal
11Endless Love (2014)$1,526,780-62%1,874-1022$815$22,189,6103Universal
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,358,833--1,317--$1,032$126,527,20111Paramount
13Philomena$1,206,8411%1,09793$1,100$34,611,50915Weinstein Company
14Lone Survivor$1,026,650-48%1,017-499$1,009$123,341,61610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,921,94511%94542$2,034$146,710,37512Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$1,517,404384%496475$3,059$2,095,9972Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,221,240-6%505-122$2,418$114,570,29210Paramount
412 Years a Slave$975,93187%41162$2,375$50,336,29620Fox Searchlight
5Gravity$889,3005%340-8$2,616$270,478,83122Warner Bros.
6The Nut Job$661,537-38%752-483$880$60,792,1817Open Road
7Shaadi Ke Side Effects$582,672--108--$5,395$582,6721Eros International
8That Awkward Moment$558,391-60%608-600$918$25,081,2645Focus
9Stalingrad (2014)$510,846--308--$1,659$510,8461Sony / Columbia
10Repentance$501,290--152--$3,298$501,2901Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11Dallas Buyers Club$434,16146%21641$2,010$25,325,09418Focus
12Her (2013)$421,0493%2500$1,684$24,594,34411Warner Bros.
13Nebraska$390,539-9%28979$1,351$17,118,74716Paramount Vantage
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$272,025-67%367-440$741$49,862,8017Paramount
15Winter's Tale$244,092-89%705-2260$346$12,314,2423Warner Bros.
16August: Osage County$239,360-40%346-179$692$37,066,41110Weinstein Company
17The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$238,1110%143-5$1,665$2,171,8495ShortsHD
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$213,073-27%215-51$991$256,961,18512Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$186,042-42%198-42$940$423,905,46615Lionsgate
20Gloria (2014)$146,319-37%102-8$1,435$1,590,3766Roadside Attractions
21Saving Mr. Banks$145,567-36%207-39$703$82,834,33212Disney
22Thor: The Dark World$144,465-36%174-25$830$206,012,42317Disney
23I, Frankenstein$132,223-14%169-48$782$18,850,4256Lionsgate
24The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$119,337-31%163-45$732$57,901,56310Fox
25Walking With Dinosaurs$118,140-15%195-19$606$35,783,99611Fox
26Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$74,479-13%163-18$457$119,640,26423Sony / Columbia
27Labor Day (2013)$47,776-79%107-311$447$13,250,5225Paramount
28In Secret$42,755-84%109-157$392$420,3092Roadside Attractions
29Vampire Academy$39,359-85%111-425$355$7,724,8044Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tim's Vermeer$129,00849%5331$2,434$491,0385Sony Pictures Classics
2Captain Phillips$109,93671%96-93$1,145$107,100,85521Sony / Columbia
3Journey to the South Pacific$101,519-20%160$6,345$880,64614IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
4Highway$94,754-71%80-17$1,184$490,5852UTV Motion Pictures
5The Great Beauty$84,2993%48-2$1,756$2,218,79416Janus Films
6Jerusalem 3D$78,667-4%281$2,810$2,678,79424National Geographic
7The Legend Of Hercules$70,176-31%89-21$788$18,755,0038Lionsgate / Summit
8The Book Thief$52,054-19%73-11$713$21,277,41717Fox
9The Past$47,789-41%66-9$724$1,222,03311Sony Pictures Classics
10Hubble 3D$44,740-16%181$2,486$42,705,099207Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Lunchbox$44,542--3--$14,847$44,5421Sony Pictures Classics
12Beijing Love Story$41,217-56%11-1$3,747$386,8393China Lion Film
13Inside Llewyn Davis$39,951-45%65-42$615$13,159,11413CBS Films
14Delivery Man$34,133-30%78-20$438$30,600,56715Disney / DreamWorks
15Devil's Due$29,658-55%48-36$618$15,773,3997Fox
16The Bag Man$29,231--2--$14,616$29,2311Cinedigm
17Free Birds$25,576-2%48-8$533$55,682,51818Relativity Media
18Grudge Match$21,225-55%75-33$283$29,784,05910Warner Bros.
19Like Father, Like Son (2014)$20,282-35%264$780$220,7237IFC Films
20Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$18,365-34%64$3,061$57,8272IFC Films
21Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$18,094100%9158$199$8,271,23714Weinstein Company
22Ernest & Celestine$13,078--1--$13,078$13,0781GKIDS
23The Invisible Woman$12,631-45%320$395$1,132,26210Sony Pictures Classics
24Stranger By the Lake$12,338-41%11-1$1,122$224,0926Strand Releasing
25The Attorney$11,824-74%10-8$1,182$557,2364Well Go USA
26Blue Jasmine$11,775-36%24-33$491$33,315,73832Sony Pictures Classics
27When Comedy Went to School$9,307-50%7-1$1,330$322,22231International Film Circuit
28Child's Pose$8,793-32%31$2,931$29,2112Zeitgeist Films
29The Saratov Approach$8,491-26%12-4$708$2,137,70521Purdie Distribution
30Generation War$8,457--2--$4,229$45,3717Music Box Films
31Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$7,652-21%63$1,275$71,6324Kino Lorber
3220 Feet from Stardom$7,599-6%11-1$691$4,881,47438RADiUS-TWC
33To the Arctic 3D$7,179-30%91$798$13,845,75598Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Under the Sea 3D$6,07723%61$1,013$33,762,645264Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Visitors$5,85774%70$837$58,6186Cinedigm
36Born to Be Wild 3D$5,264-1%125$439$23,195,174152Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Maidentrip$5,190668%54$1,038$41,95711First Run Features
38Hasee Toh Phasee$3,985-89%9-24$443$645,1264Reliance Entertainment
39The Best Offer$3,64915%5-1$730$82,0169IFC Films
40Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$3,528-51%10$3,528$37,5243Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
41The Rocket (2013)$3,076-10%71$439$31,5918Kino Lorber
42American Mustang$2,656-49%21$1,328$28,0197Vitagraph / Just Media
43Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$2,308--1--$2,308$16,38621First Run Features
44Girl on a Bicycle$2,289-62%6-9$382$66,3803Monterey Media
45Blue Is the Warmest Color$2,256-4%30$752$2,198,26019IFC Films
46Free the Mind$1,977--1--$1,977$153,99844International Film Circuit
47Jimmy P$1,659-55%41$415$19,8163IFC Films
48Cutie and the Boxer$1,361154%2-3$681$198,58729RADiUS-TWC
49Two Lives$1,303--1--$1,303$1,3031IFC Films
50Museum Hours$1,145--1--$1,145$559,73836Cinema Guild
51Big Bad Wolves$1,008-46%3-3$336$28,0197Magnolia / Magnet
52In Bloom$992-49%21$496$32,3498Big World Pictures
53Almost Human$862-68%53$172$4,8392IFC Midnight
54Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$575-62%10$575$21,5604Rialto Pictures
55A Field in England$516-76%1-5$516$25,3274Drafthouse Films
56The Last Time I Saw Macao$454--1--$454$6,09525Cinema Guild
57Viola$452--1--$452$21,22834Cinema Guild
58Fire in the Blood$245-60%1-1$245$26,92026International Film Circuit
59Muscle Shoals$227-57%2-2$114$691,78923Magnolia Pictures
60The Act of Killing$57-93%1-2$57$484,22133Drafthouse Films