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 Fri, Sep. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$10,973,012--3,349--$3,277$10,973,0121Sony / Columbia
2Looper$6,804,981--2,992--$2,274$6,804,9511Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$2,401,952130%2,78050$864$20,570,5852Open Road
4House at the End of the Street$2,340,244319%3,0830$759$17,411,2132Relativity Media
5Trouble with the Curve$2,296,982157%3,2120$715$18,492,9442Warner Bros.
6Finding Nemo 3D$1,044,831141%2,639-265$396$33,453,8113Disney
7Won't Back Down$917,768--2,515--$365$917,7681Fox
8Resident Evil: Retribution$820,62775%2,381-635$345$36,525,5603Sony / Screen Gems
9Dredd 3D$689,91545%2,55751$270$9,274,5222Lionsgate
10The Possession$413,468137%1,618-980$256$46,462,7865Lionsgate
11Lawless$269,70524%1,503-1111$179$35,679,3455Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$191,63284%1,209-408$159$53,345,6017Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$167,14097%1,187-565$141$49,229,9827Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$1,755,935--335--$5,242$1,755,9351Universal
2The Master$789,291146%85668$922$7,677,3613Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$373,1261965%10298$3,658$697,9652Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$236,071172%25511$926$4,476,8303Roadside Attractions
5The Bourne Legacy$234,84083%824-607$285$111,151,9958Universal
6The Dark Knight Rises$218,235105%655-293$333$443,806,46611Warner Bros.
7The Campaign$152,46850%630-620$242$85,563,9808Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$140,02926%815-1005$172$83,641,1777Lionsgate
9Hope Springs (2012)$126,07644%691-456$182$62,638,3078Sony / Columbia
10Barfi!$87,636213%127-3$690$2,228,6103UTV Communications
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$84,157204%387-33$217$158,780,60212Fox
12The Amazing Spider-Man$68,250--204-49$335$261,612,32013Sony / Columbia
13Ted (2012)$51,750107%225-68$230$217,994,81514Universal
14Total Recall (2012)$48,203--239-83$202$58,619,7159Sony / Columbia
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$44,290273%332-42$133$47,888,2799Fox
16Premium Rush$44,25153%208-359$213$19,836,7756Sony / Columbia
17The Words$42,659-33%278-969$153$11,329,5494CBS Films
18The Intouchables$34,23258%121-35$283$12,369,28519Weinstein Company
19Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$33,484206%203-37$165$215,980,65817Paramount / DreamWorks
20Sparkle (2012)$25,020--22014$114$24,325,0147Sony / TriStar
21Step Up Revolution$15,384112%110-72$140$35,009,20710Lionsgate / Summit
22Hit and Run$13,164-19%132-159$100$13,686,1256Open Road
23The Cold Light of Day$10,793132%104-51$104$3,726,0594Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thaandavam$43,033--45--$956$48,3241UTV Communications
2Heroine$24,28090%97-17$250$508,8402UTV Communications
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$19,75832%69-63$286$10,980,12514Fox Searchlight
4Moonrise Kingdom$18,60311%82-38$227$45,247,64619Focus
5To the Arctic 3D$18,4375%520$355$8,734,29524Warner Bros. / IMAX
6For A Good Time, Call...$17,1145%84-21$204$1,168,7005Focus
710 Years$13,01378%6320$207$151,3273Anchor Bay Films
8The Apparition$10,0321157%6530$154$4,873,2116Warner Bros.
9The Watch$9,23882%46-31$201$34,263,57610Fox
10Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$7,403-34%40-45$185$3,095,9964Paramount
11Born to Be Wild 3D$7,04082%330$213$20,909,78978Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Other Dream Team$5,676--2--$2,838$5,6761The Film Arcade
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,248-31%32-15$133$46,292,56322Fox Searchlight
14Safety Not Guaranteed$4,22974%34-6$124$3,972,32417FilmDistrict
15Ruby Sparks$2,422-7%17-26$142$2,491,15710Fox Searchlight
16Toys in the Attic$1,79096%60$298$53,6974Hannover House
17Tales of the Night$881181%1--$881$4,7021GKIDS
18Cosmopolis$79356%5-4$159$759,9977Entertainment One Films
19Husbands In Goa$5551010%4-3$139$6,0192UTV Communications
20Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$51636%70$74$3,373,3418ARC Entertainment
21Branded$14-55%1-1$14$353,4584Roadside Attractions