Grosses

'Straight Outta Compton' Leads for Third Straight Frame with $13.1M; 'War Room' Impresses in Second with $11.4M; 'No Escape' Takes Fourth with Modest $8.1MAugust 31, 2015 12:59 PM

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 $13.13 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 $134.02 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 a second place debut of $11.35 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 66 percent stronger than the $6.84 million debut of 2008's Fireproof and 25 percent ahead of the $9.11 million start of 2011's Courageous. Making the film's performance even more impressive was that the film was only playing in 1,135 locations this weekend. That gave War Room a strong per-location average of $10,001 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 $3.88 million and was down just 12 percent on Sunday to gross $3.42 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.80 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).

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation continued to hold up well with a third place take of $8.16 million. It was an especially close race for third place this weekend, as Rogue Nation and No Escape were separated by only $44,317 for the frame. The Tom Cruise led Rogue Nation continues to hold up very well, as it was down 29 percent from last weekend. Thanks in part to strong holding power throughout its run, Rogue Nation has grossed a very healthy $170.24 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 in fourth with $8.11 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 $10.17 million in its first five days of release. That gives the film a five-day to three-day weekend ratio of 1.25 to 1 and places the film 6 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 positive 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 $3.01 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal expanded into an additional 665 locations this weekend and was up 218 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 $642.98 million.

Meanwhile, Warner's We Are Your Friends was off to an anemic start with $1.77 million. That placed the low-budget Zac Efron led drama all the way down in 14th place this weekend. We Are Your Friends obviously opened significantly 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 $758 from 2,333 locations and on top of everything else received a soft C+ rating on CinemaScore. We Are Your Friends debuted 80 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 Sun, Sep. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$12,602,119-33%3,349--$3,763$42,522,1941Sony / Columbia
2Looper$5,269,855-40%2,992--$1,761$20,801,5221Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$2,050,123-39%2,78050$737$25,980,7102Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$1,605,003-52%3,2120$500$23,473,3472Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$1,400,143-59%3,0830$454$22,193,3162Relativity Media
6Finding Nemo 3D$1,119,007-40%2,639-265$424$36,444,8063Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$840,815-37%2,381-635$353$38,691,2893Sony / Screen Gems
8Dredd 3D$677,281-32%2,55751$265$10,948,5632Lionsgate
9Won't Back Down$585,285-47%2,515--$233$2,603,3701Fox
10The Possession$285,125-57%1,618-980$176$47,411,7225Lionsgate
11ParaNorman$222,616-39%1,209-408$184$53,934,9447Focus
12Lawless$206,112-47%1,503-1111$137$36,277,4475Weinstein Company
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$176,339-42%1,187-565$149$49,711,0377Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$1,265,282-41%335--$3,777$5,149,4331Universal
2The Master$631,017-50%85668$737$9,568,6243Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$263,670-44%10298$2,585$1,428,7852Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$211,426-50%25511$829$5,114,7023Roadside Attractions
5The Dark Knight Rises$192,540-49%655-293$294$444,377,66011Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$164,800-57%824-607$200$111,699,9558Universal
7The Expendables 2$139,970-43%815-1005$172$84,025,3477Lionsgate
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$117,915-35%387-33$305$159,080,86612Fox
9Hope Springs (2012)$102,184-48%691-456$148$62,937,7228Sony / Columbia
10The Campaign$101,585-57%630-620$161$85,899,5208Warner Bros.
11Barfi!$85,090-43%127-3$670$2,462,0083UTV Communications
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$55,051-40%332-42$166$48,034,7119Fox
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$44,793-37%203-37$221$216,096,34417Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Amazing Spider-Man$44,508-59%204-49$218$261,765,61713Sony / Columbia
15Ted (2012)$42,750-47%225-68$190$218,118,55014Universal
16Total Recall (2012)$41,393-41%239-83$173$58,731,5789Sony / Columbia
17The Words$37,733-44%278-969$136$11,434,8674CBS Films
18The Intouchables$35,228-47%121-35$291$12,471,35319Weinstein Company
19Sparkle (2012)$24,740-48%22014$112$24,397,4697Sony / TriStar
20Premium Rush$24,567-61%208-359$118$19,924,5556Sony / Columbia
21Step Up Revolution$18,073-40%110-72$164$35,057,33210Lionsgate / Summit
22Hit and Run$10,504-40%132-159$80$13,714,1376Open Road
23The Cold Light of Day$7,970-47%104-51$77$3,749,0614Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$32,461-18%520$624$8,806,38524Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thaandavam$25,281-54%45--$562$129,0441UTV Communications
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$18,953-39%69-63$275$11,029,93014Fox Searchlight
4Heroine$18,640-43%97-17$192$560,2852UTV Communications
5Moonrise Kingdom$16,213-48%82-38$198$45,294,88819Focus
6For A Good Time, Call...$14,354-35%84-21$171$1,205,0455Focus
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$11,1749%32-15$349$46,313,97622Fox Searchlight
8The Apparition$10,846-37%6530$167$4,901,2836Warner Bros.
910 Years$9,333-46%6320$148$178,0353Anchor Bay Films
10The Watch$8,431-45%46-31$183$34,287,28410Fox
11Born to Be Wild 3D$8,367-27%330$254$20,929,55578Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$5,986-54%40-45$150$3,115,1154Paramount
13Tales of the Night$3,72046%1--$3,720$10,9751GKIDS
14The Other Dream Team$3,169-71%2--$1,585$19,8211The Film Arcade
15Safety Not Guaranteed$3,077-43%34-6$91$3,980,77017FilmDistrict
16Toys in the Attic$2,405-35%60$401$59,7774Hannover House
17Ruby Sparks$2,088-57%17-26$123$2,498,09810Fox Searchlight
18Cosmopolis$595-38%5-4$119$761,5527Entertainment One Films
19Husbands In Goa$516-44%4-3$129$7,4552UTV Communications
20Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$382-53%70$55$3,374,5398ARC Entertainment