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 releases. 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 Mon, Feb. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gnomeo and Juliet$6,261,707-5%3,01420$2,078$56,436,2492Disney
2Unknown (2011)$3,596,626-42%3,043--$1,182$25,453,0151Warner Bros.
3I Am Number Four$3,305,961-41%3,154--$1,048$22,755,8541Disney / DreamWorks
4Just Go With It$3,102,798-44%3,5480$875$64,136,9882Sony / Columbia
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,056,255-25%3,11813$980$51,236,9372Paramount
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,434,223-46%2,821--$863$18,735,0261Fox
7The King's Speech$1,534,367-30%2,086-177$736$104,775,87313Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$687,559-40%2,2960$299$15,840,2422Focus
9The Roommate$558,567-47%2,160-374$259$33,061,8733Sony / Screen Gems
10No Strings Attached$496,764-45%1,966-790$253$66,490,0845Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$475,215-39%1,465-607$324$164,603,2399Paramount
12The Green Hornet$413,594-21%1,265-825$327$95,600,5026Sony / Columbia
13Sanctum$330,375-38%1,377-1412$240$22,277,7753Universal
14The Rite$182,193-48%1,048-1159$174$31,574,6844Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$343,533-38%759-290$453$88,322,33311Paramount
2Black Swan$281,128-37%656-413$429$101,817,99112Fox Searchlight
3Tangled$208,739--389-395$537$194,306,67713Disney
4The Mechanic$191,185-42%952-934$201$28,077,2084CBS Films
5Cedar Rapids$178,849-40%10287$1,753$1,490,7752Fox Searchlight
6Yogi Bear$159,37415%725-386$220$97,442,59110Warner Bros.
7Barney's Version$137,618--322--$427$4,602,7546Sony Pictures Classics
8Biutiful$113,813-40%157-34$725$3,151,2778Roadside Attractions
9TRON: Legacy$110,572--312-52$354$170,552,08310Disney
10Megamind$93,132-1%214-38$435$148,337,53716Paramount / DreamWorks
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$87,344-29%321-88$272$293,989,13814Warner Bros.
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$87,178-3%264-29$330$103,462,69511Fox
13127 Hours$80,398-28%240-119$335$17,492,60716Fox Searchlight
14Blue Valentine (2010)$72,283-35%235-158$308$8,901,9278Weinstein Company
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$59,246-2%235-73$252$42,233,5219Fox
16Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$55,726--108--$516$778,2202Shorts International
17The Company Men$55,484-40%242-35$229$3,581,7385Weinstein Company
18Little Fockers$47,025-44%285-139$165$147,682,6859Universal
19The Illusionist (2010)$40,070--106--$378$1,507,8599Sony Pictures Classics
20The Tourist$36,895-37%224--$165$67,276,02311Sony / Columbia
21The Dilemma$27,835-43%293-949$95$48,249,5756Universal
22Another Year$21,290--121--$176$2,536,2228Sony Pictures Classics
23The Social Network$20,534-33%113-65$182$96,780,55521Sony / Columbia
24From Prada to Nada$17,655-53%128-124$138$2,828,1464Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Unstoppable (2010)$9,765-49%105-42$93$81,478,43515Fox
26Season of the Witch$5,717-42%132-44$43$24,535,2047Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$53,811-12%502$1,076$21,800,16749Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$20,719-60%65--$319$184,8721UTV Communications
3The Last Lions$15,512--4--$3,878$68,8561National Geographic
4Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$12,585--8--$1,573$66,3151Vitagraph
5Rabbit Hole$12,243-38%78-34$157$1,987,08510Lionsgate
6Somewhere (2010)$7,679-37%29-3$265$1,731,2019Focus
7Inside Job$7,618--24--$317$3,977,50920Sony Pictures Classics
8Galapagos$4,860--3--$1,620$17,869,265591IMAX
9Winter's Bone$4,288-32%20-6$214$6,425,77837Roadside Attractions
10Poetry$4,066--3--$1,355$50,2812Kino International
11Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$3,709-26%21$1,855$37,9032Phase 4 Films
12The Way Back$3,547--15--$236$2,677,4015Newmarket Films
13Space Station 3D$3,000--5--$600$82,812,201462IMAX
14The Housemaid (Hanyo)$2,585--6--$431$90,0105IFC Films
15Kaboom$2,552--6--$425$66,5734IFC Films
16Immigration Tango$2,464-48%30--$82$16,8961Roadside Attractions
17Carancho$1,924--4--$481$32,3022Strand Releasing
18Casino Jack$1,862--12--$155$951,24610IDP/ATO Pictures
19Cold Weather$1,729--3--$576$47,9283IFC Films
20What Women Want (2011)$1,611--3--$537$119,5043China Lion Film
21Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,564--7--$223$169,3024Variance Films
22Made in Dagenham$1,556--15--$104$1,018,80214Sony Pictures Classics
23The Other Woman (2011)$840--5--$168$14,9293IFC
24I Love You Phillip Morris$757-52%9-14$84$1,946,89412Roadside Attractions
25Orgasm Inc.$757--3--$252$19,2582First Run Features
26When We Leave (Die Fremde)$713--1--$713$19,6314Olive Films
27Zero Bridge$623--1--$623$5,2441The Film Desk
28Putty Hill$609--1--$609$5,4771Cinema Guild
29The Salvation Poem$571--4--$143$593,72819CanZion Films
30What If...$558--1--$558$814,90627Five & Two Pictures
31Vanishing on 7th Street$530--1--$530$3,4281Magnolia / Magnet
32Tiny Furniture$470--6--$78$389,80415IFC
33Night Catches Us$452--4--$113$75,79512Magnolia
34Kings of Pastry$350--1--$350$312,30323First Run
35Brotherhood (2010)$346-79%1--$346$8,2191Phase 4 Films
36All Good Things$335--4--$84$537,67712Magnolia Pictures
37Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$331--3--$110$91,1157First Run Features
38Four Lions$313--6--$52$304,13716Drafthouse Films
39Now & Later$292--1--$292$1,8081Cinema Libre
40The Time That Remains$291--2--$146$32,0797IFC
41Every Day$252--0----$30,9006Image Entertainment
42The Strange Case of Angelica$171--1--$171$36,9018Cinema Guild
43Tamara Drewe$155--4--$39$559,71120Sony Pictures Classics
44Marwencol$136--3--$45$97,37320Cinema Guild
45The Tempest$134--3--$45$277,64911Disney
46Animal Kingdom$130--2--$65$1,041,21228Sony Pictures Classics
47My Dog Tulip$114--1--$114$209,07925New Yorker Films
48Bhutto$85--3--$28$86,57612First Run Features
49Get Low$84--4--$21$9,176,55330Sony Pictures Classics
50Rabia$79--1--$79$5,4934Strand
51Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$66--1--$66$105,23435Kino International