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, Jun. 27 - Sun, Jun. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$100,038,390--4,233--$23,633$100,038,3901Paramount
222 Jump Street$15,842,375-42%3,426120$4,624$140,279,2673Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$13,237,697-46%3,750-518$3,530$121,952,2293Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Think Like a Man Too$10,316,397-65%2,2250$4,637$48,084,7572Sony / Screen Gems
5Maleficent$8,376,674-35%3,073-377$2,726$202,010,0645Disney
6Jersey Boys$7,712,264-42%2,9050$2,655$27,444,7502Warner Bros.
7Edge of Tomorrow$5,404,290-45%2,535-677$2,132$84,348,9224Warner Bros.
8The Fault in Our Stars$5,130,777-40%2,845-495$1,803$109,875,7954Fox
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,321,427-46%2,014-667$1,649$223,414,8996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,657,391-3%801-160$2,069$19,413,4408Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$935,038-50%750-615$1,247$197,020,1387Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$785,770-43%510-523$1,541$147,241,1558Universal
4Blended$593,070-41%475-367$1,249$43,545,8596Warner Bros.
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$562,975-65%483-934$1,166$41,721,9305Universal
6Obvious Child$549,878124%196141$2,806$1,279,5084A24
7Rio 2$443,1997%32212$1,376$128,146,33312Fox
8Ek Villain$414,116--104--$3,982$414,1161Eros International
9Captain America: The Winter Soldier$403,920105%28197$1,437$257,225,89713Disney
10The Amazing Spider-Man 2$322,430-49%274-160$1,177$200,185,5119Sony / Columbia
11Million Dollar Arm$300,252-44%273-171$1,100$35,012,4187Disney
12Ida (2014)$264,794-1%132-1$2,006$2,488,6579Music Box Films
13Belle$255,293-20%175-69$1,459$9,655,4859Fox Searchlight
14The Grand Seduction$238,614-1%119-5$2,005$2,164,2845eOne Films US
15Heaven is for Real$236,59132%21110$1,121$90,175,14111Sony / TriStar
16Divergent$195,788-28%210-79$932$150,544,46415Lionsgate / Summit
17The Other Woman (2014)$161,818-25%195-36$830$83,403,92510Fox
18The LEGO Movie$146,534-15%33520$437$257,000,26021Warner Bros.
19Words and Pictures$136,262-37%105-70$1,298$1,731,6246Roadside Attractions
20The Rover$96,083-80%247-361$389$975,3903A24
21Moms' Night Out$83,74571%11767$716$10,276,5268Sony / TriStar
22Mr. Peabody & Sherman$79,885-27%141-38$567$111,017,44517Fox / DreamWorks Animation
23The Signal (2014)$69,811-53%180-24$388$556,0993Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snowpiercer$171,187--8--$21,398$171,1871RADiUS-TWC
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$144,56712%410$3,526$3,546,21513Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Begin Again$134,064--5--$26,813$134,0641Weinstein Company
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$119,673-10%90-22$1,330$58,550,01417Fox Searchlight
5Third Person$74,53592%1813$4,141$130,2652Sony Pictures Classics
6The Immigrant$68,510-23%61-49$1,123$1,984,7437Weinstein Company
7The Breakup Guru$62,717--12--$5,226$62,7171China Lion Film
8God's Not Dead$60,010-35%90-22$667$60,605,10415Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Brick Mansions$53,43166%31-29$1,724$20,358,68710Relativity Media
10Journey to the South Pacific$53,2358%181$2,958$3,431,06831IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11Hubble 3D$45,510-11%220$2,069$44,811,002224Warner Bros. / IMAX
12America (2014)$38,608--3--$12,869$38,6081Lionsgate
13Le Chef$35,523215%1918$1,870$55,2762Cohen Media Group
14Muppets Most Wanted$30,443-22%67-49$454$51,132,82015Disney
15Citizen Koch$28,686--24--$1,195$109,4274Variance Films
16Bears$26,054-55%72-42$362$17,713,53911Disneynature
17Venus in Fur$24,9561%108$2,496$65,5872IFC Films
18Fading Gigolo$24,535-19%24-7$1,022$3,713,94211Millennium Entertainment
19Fed Up$24,280-14%32-15$759$1,454,2558RADiUS-TWC
20Yves Saint Laurent$24,207--2--$12,104$35,8611Weinstein Company
21Jerusalem 3D$24,1447%141$1,725$4,559,63641National Geographic
22Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$24,096-46%31-15$777$175,8034RADiUS-TWC
23Under the Electric Sky$23,560--9--$2,618$169,2985Focus
24A Coffee in Berlin$23,50193%104$2,350$52,4503Music Box Films
25Code Black$21,905247%21$10,953$32,7592Long Shot Factory
26The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$21,705--12--$1,809$21,7051FilmBuff / Participant
27Ivory Tower$20,635-1%123$1,720$77,6503IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
28Only Lovers Left Alive$19,596-1%22-1$891$1,731,53412Sony Pictures Classics
2950 to 1$17,017-18%120$1,418$770,03915Ten Furlongs
30The Railway Man$16,549-53%38-46$436$4,407,45812Weinstein Company
31Night Moves$15,3778%14-16$1,098$223,6845Cinedigm
32Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$14,287--3--$4,762$14,2871Magnolia Pictures
33Alone Yet Not Alone$14,016-83%20-60$701$883,59840Enthuse Entertainment
34Under the Skin (2014)$12,54748%14-2$896$2,519,75013A24
35The Lunchbox$12,339-44%16-10$771$4,161,44118Sony Pictures Classics
36Locke$11,54733%15-3$770$1,296,45210A24
37Chinese Puzzle$11,41228%143$815$310,0767Cohen Media Group
38A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$11,351-12%20$5,676$33,3162Big World Pictures
39Hellion$10,50556%85$1,313$29,7463IFC Films
40The Last Sentence$9,97111%64$1,662$24,1482Music Box Films
41Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,802-73%21-31$467$8,433,8628Clarius Entertainment
42We Are the Best!$7,536-49%19-4$397$147,3155Magnolia Pictures
43Finding Vivian Maier$7,346-8%10-1$735$1,455,76214IFC Films
44Under the Sea 3D$7,011-25%70$1,002$34,703,419281Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$6,743-8%6-3$1,124$117,9586IFC Films
46Radio Free Albemuth$5,553--10--$555$5,5531Freestyle Releasing
47Redwood Highway$5,3029%7-1$757$109,97112Monterey Media
48Frozen (2013)$5,181-41%14-9$370$400,716,69832Disney
49Ilo Ilo$5,029--2--$2,515$46,54113Film Movement
50Cold in July$4,686-66%8-10$586$409,9156IFC Films
51Siddharth$4,564--1--$4,564$4,5641Zeitgeist Films
52The Double (2014)$4,511-36%9-5$501$162,3228Magnolia Pictures
53Jodorowsky's Dune$4,17453%73$596$635,25915Sony Pictures Classics
54In Bloom$3,238--2--$1,619$55,70725Big World Pictures
55Nothing Bad Can Happen$2,853--4--$713$2,8531Drafthouse Films
56Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$2,72749%72$390$37,7557International Film Circuit
57Borgman$2,635-77%4-9$659$39,5824Drafthouse Films
58Le Week-End$2,442-28%3-2$814$2,223,38016Music Box Films
59Lucky Them$2,274-35%6-3$379$28,5385IFC Films
60The Amazing Catfish$2,134-29%31$711$8,5743Strand Releasing
61The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1,662--1--$1,662$6,6177First Run Features
62To the Arctic 3D$1,496-72%2-1$748$14,141,127115Warner Bros. / IMAX
63Particle Fever$1,226-51%21$613$869,83817Abramorama / Bond 360
64Filth$1,205-42%3-1$402$30,6265Magnolia / Magnet
65Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$9492057%10$949$1,3503First Run Features
66Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$947142%21$474$60,37920Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
67For No Good Reason$877-10%51$175$61,66210Sony Pictures Classics
68Jackpot$806--2--$403$8061Doppelgänger Releasing
69Test$797--2--$399$18,1724Variance Films
70The Hornet's Nest$717-76%2-1$359$306,9478Freestyle Releasing
71Manakamana$680386%10$680$23,49911Cinema Guild
72Bicycling with Molière$642-50%20$321$54,72910Strand Releasing
73Half of a Yellow Sun$562-88%41$141$37,1267Monterey Media
74The Sacrament$468-64%2-3$234$9,0394Magnolia / Magnet
75The Unknown Known$425-11%1-1$425$276,38113RADiUS-TWC
76Deep Sea 3D$3188%42$80$46,067,438435Warner Bros. / IMAX
77The Jewish Cardinal$162--1--$162$130,04025Film Movement
78Born to Be Wild 3D$94-94%6-5$16$23,419,618169Warner Bros. / IMAX