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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Oct. 23 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$13,040,274-35%3,216--$4,055$33,149,5471Paramount
2Jackass 3D$8,251,1029%3,11130$2,652$81,335,6762Paramount
3Red (2010)$6,651,27346%3,27318$2,032$39,678,8502Summit
4Hereafter$4,907,54719%2,1812175$2,250$9,354,3802Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$3,245,29242%2,92153$1,111$71,156,1444Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$3,063,78654%3,10836$986$35,500,6143Disney
7Life As We Know It$2,694,49335%3,019-131$893$36,161,6543Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,442,61388%2,236-266$645$49,207,9205Warner Bros.
9The Town$1,226,53651%1,918-450$639$83,970,2286Warner Bros.
10Easy A$791,56740%1,632-682$485$54,393,4696Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$570,84557%1,255-790$455$49,690,7935Fox
12My Soul to Take$472,92037%1,689-840$280$13,732,4453Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alpha and Omega$311,16887%727-242$428$23,263,6166Lionsgate
2Devil$301,74040%642-249$470$32,312,7006Universal
3It's Kind of a Funny Story$289,31737%560-197$517$4,931,8423Focus
4Waiting for 'Superman'$288,0964%290108$993$3,495,8325Paramount Vantage
5N-Secure$261,74157%445-41$588$1,841,6742Freestyle
6Inception$217,02344%452155$480$290,249,23915Warner Bros.
7Case 39$175,78833%721-685$244$12,609,4554Paramount Vantage
8Despicable Me$168,45570%324-8$520$247,416,27016Universal
9Stone$156,08055%11372$1,381$680,6573Relativity / Overture
10Let Me In$111,44931%513-698$217$11,555,7984Relativity / Overture
11The Other Guys$103,41735%303129$341$118,423,79012Sony / Columbia
12Nowhere Boy$92,94559%2150$432$704,8183Weinstein Company
13Never Let Me Go$79,08540%178-54$444$1,948,7566Fox Searchlight
14Catfish$70,59843%13923$508$2,833,2086Universal / Rogue
15Takers$60,03981%150-65$400$57,237,3329Sony / Screen Gems
16Resident Evil: Afterlife$56,98244%213-225$268$59,960,2817Sony / Screen Gems
17Eat Pray Love$42,08333%174-129$242$80,438,53511Sony / Columbia
18Salt$34,47645%125-75$276$118,292,05114Sony / Columbia
19Nanny McPhee Returns$33,76580%150-55$225$28,971,51510Universal
20I Want Your Money$16,87625%172-365$98$378,9752Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$137,51579%5544$2,500$355,5382Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$68,52512%60-1$1,142$17,050,28732Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Lottery Ticket$27,60993%92-46$300$24,650,37310Warner Bros.
4Grown Ups$25,58666%87-27$294$161,987,24718Sony / Columbia
5Under the Sea 3D$24,25277%160$1,516$24,563,10789Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Buried$22,30230%88-15$253$867,4785Lionsgate
7The American$13,49835%76-68$178$35,553,5548Focus
8Avatar$11,39954%9-1$1,267$760,369,52245Fox
9Vampires Suck$10,67253%54-33$198$36,616,40810Fox
10Machete$8,42944%0-96--$26,512,9548Fox
11The Tillman Story$7,54541%247$314$707,62510Weinstein Company
12Jack Goes Boating$5,31440%35-14$152$450,2826Relativity / Overture
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$2,642-16%8-3$330$81,1673Anchor Bay
14The Concert$1,662113%5-4$332$645,44014Weinstein Company
15Winter's Bone$1,65928%18-16$92$6,199,95920Roadside Attractions
16Piranha 3D$1,186111%0-28--$24,979,38310Weinstein Company
17The Disappearance of Alice Creed$40-56%21$20$166,62912Anchor Bay