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, Jul. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$37,050,185-63%4,2330$8,753$175,395,9542Paramount
2Tammy$21,577,049--3,465--$6,227$33,306,5891Warner Bros. / New Line
322 Jump Street$9,803,332-38%3,324-102$2,949$159,269,6254Sony / Columbia
4Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$9,740,471--3,049--$3,195$15,252,3231Sony / Screen Gems
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$8,961,088-32%3,297-453$2,718$140,215,4524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$8,364,658--3,230--$2,590$13,567,5571Relativity Media
7Maleficent$6,159,176-26%2,389-684$2,578$213,919,6646Disney
8Jersey Boys$5,155,145-33%2,630-275$1,960$36,690,9403Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$4,874,105-53%1,729-496$2,819$57,172,8293Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$3,660,337-32%1,538-997$2,380$90,887,4905Warner Bros.
11America (2014)$2,743,7537007%1,1051102$2,483$4,062,7212Lionsgate
12The Fault in Our Stars$2,515,113-51%1,865-980$1,349$115,918,6425Fox
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,893,127-43%1,044-970$1,813$227,113,1297Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,695,6782%686-115$2,472$22,057,4309Open Road
2Begin Again$1,256,583837%175170$7,180$1,794,8322Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$1,007,926489%250242$4,032$1,509,4452RADiUS-TWC
4The Amazing Spider-Man 2$460,40343%28915$1,593$200,938,01510Sony / Columbia
5Godzilla (2014)$419,108-55%352-398$1,191$197,902,7228Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$417,425-47%315-195$1,325$148,039,0559Universal
7Obvious Child$374,447-32%2026$1,854$1,918,5215A24
8Rio 2$369,686-17%311-11$1,189$128,872,81413Fox
9Blended$334,203-44%305-170$1,096$44,180,2187Warner Bros.
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$332,370-18%251-30$1,324$257,842,26114Disney
11A Million Ways to Die in the West$281,535-50%227-256$1,240$42,264,7056Universal
12Ida (2014)$233,333-12%103-29$2,265$2,865,41710Music Box Films
13A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$220,542--102--$2,162$220,5421Janus Films
14Heaven is for Real$191,964-19%186-25$1,032$90,541,82512Sony / TriStar
15Belle$188,738-26%123-52$1,534$9,998,45710Fox Searchlight
16Million Dollar Arm$182,805-39%163-110$1,122$35,361,0558Disney
17Divergent$145,082-26%184-26$788$150,832,20316Lionsgate / Summit
18Ek Villain$116,279-72%1040$1,118$684,7002Eros International
19The Other Woman (2014)$96,108-41%142-53$677$83,602,71511Fox
20The LEGO Movie$63,962-56%240-95$267$257,186,16522Warner Bros.
21Mr. Peabody & Sherman$51,473-36%111-30$464$111,141,06418Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$168,661-29%91-28$1,853$2,474,3216eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$149,2043%410$3,639$3,892,00414Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Life Itself$131,411--23--$5,714$131,4111Magnolia Pictures
4Third Person$106,37043%3416$3,129$278,3053Sony Pictures Classics
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$100,089-16%72-18$1,390$58,722,69318Fox Searchlight
6Words and Pictures$98,049-28%61-44$1,607$1,893,1607Roadside Attractions
7Journey to the South Pacific$64,64121%180$3,591$3,557,51132IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Hubble 3D$58,54029%12-10$4,878$44,938,115225Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Moms' Night Out$51,157-39%96-21$533$10,378,2259Sony / TriStar
10Yves Saint Laurent$47,14195%108$4,714$101,7022Weinstein Company
11Le Chef$44,54725%18-1$2,475$120,5863Cohen Media Group
12God's Not Dead$36,204-40%60-30$603$60,720,58316Freestyle / Pure Flix
13The Breakup Guru$36,194-42%10-2$3,619$147,3912China Lion Film
14Venus in Fur$29,94720%122$2,496$112,2083IFC Films
15Jerusalem 3D$29,12121%11-3$2,647$4,617,11842National Geographic
16Only Lovers Left Alive$15,521-21%12-10$1,293$1,766,79513Sony Pictures Classics
17A Coffee in Berlin$15,085-36%111$1,371$82,6764Music Box Films
18A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$14,66829%42$3,667$56,9283Big World Pictures
19Lekar Hum Deewana Dil$14,418--50--$288$14,4181Eros International
20Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$14,183-1%85$1,773$35,8362Magnolia Pictures
21Fading Gigolo$11,804-52%12-12$984$3,747,83312Millennium Entertainment
22Bears$11,787-55%31-41$380$17,748,88212Disneynature
23Under the Sea 3D$11,53865%70$1,648$34,099,549282Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Skin (2014)$11,452-9%12-2$954$2,549,90914A24
25Muppets Most Wanted$10,954-64%41-26$267$51,163,44716Disney
26Locke$10,444-10%11-4$949$1,315,49611A24
27The Rover$10,147-89%21-226$483$1,024,7714A24
28Night Moves$9,741-37%11-3$886$241,1186Cinedigm
29Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,359-5%232$407$8,449,1659Clarius Entertainment
3050 to 1$9,350-45%8-4$1,169$785,96516Ten Furlongs
31Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,534-65%12-19$711$194,7905RADiUS-TWC
32Chinese Puzzle$8,077-29%8-6$1,010$316,3238Cohen Media Group
33Code Black$7,978-64%1-1$7,978$52,3323Long Shot Factory
34The Lunchbox$7,949-36%5-11$1,590$4,178,28119Sony Pictures Classics
35Frozen (2013)$7,22639%11-3$657$400,728,42433Disney
36The Railway Man$6,986-58%14-24$499$4,425,30513Weinstein Company
37Fed Up$6,832-72%18-14$380$1,488,1399RADiUS-TWC
38The Signal (2014)$6,740-90%35-145$193$588,2054Focus
39Under the Electric Sky$6,540-72%90$727$188,9056Focus
40Hellion$5,553-47%7-1$793$40,7534IFC Films
41Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$4,901-27%60$817$127,7437IFC Films
42The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$4,397-80%4-8$1,099$40,8162FilmBuff / Participant
43The Double (2014)$3,958-12%7-2$565$170,7559Magnolia Pictures
44Borgman$3,87347%73$553$44,3335Drafthouse Films
45Ilo Ilo$3,845-24%20$1,923$52,60314Film Movement
46We Are the Best!$3,405-55%12-7$284$156,0806Magnolia Pictures
47Finding Vivian Maier$3,167-57%7-3$452$1,466,91615IFC Films
48Coherence$3,023--3--$1,008$40,4073Oscilloscope
49Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$2,7862%3-4$929$41,5248International Film Circuit
50Cold in July$2,764-41%6-2$461$414,6237IFC Films
51Redwood Highway$2,720-49%2-5$1,360$115,12413Monterey Media
52Lucky Them$2,70719%4-2$677$32,8536IFC Films
53Ivory Tower$2,381-88%3-9$794$90,5964IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
54The Hornet's Nest$2,219209%1-1$2,219$309,5519Freestyle Releasing
55Siddharth$1,922-58%10$1,922$10,3622Zeitgeist Films
56The Last Sentence$1,820-82%2-4$910$31,7933Music Box Films
57Jodorowsky's Dune$1,449-65%3-4$483$641,74416Sony Pictures Classics
58The Amazing Catfish$1,203-44%2-1$602$10,6704Strand Releasing
59Filth$1,123-7%30$374$31,8406Magnolia / Magnet
60The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$886-47%10$886$10,0518First Run Features
61Godzilla: The Japanese Original$805--1--$805$144,56212Rialto Pictures
62Bicycling with Molière$73414%20$367$55,92011Strand Releasing
63Born to Be Wild 3D$653595%5-1$131$23,423,237170Warner Bros. / IMAX
64Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$653-31%1-1$653$61,03221Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
65Nothing Bad Can Happen$444-84%2-2$222$4,2862Drafthouse Films
66To the Arctic 3D$401-73%1-1$401$14,143,113116Warner Bros. / IMAX
67Deep Sea 3D$229-28%1-3$229$46,068,008436Warner Bros. / IMAX
68The Girl on the Train (2014)$211--1--$211$2111Monterey Media
69Half of a Yellow Sun$208-63%1-3$208$38,6178Monterey Media
70The Jewish Cardinal$20728%10$207$130,46326Film Movement
71For No Good Reason$121-86%1-4$121$62,28611Sony Pictures Classics