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 Fri, Mar. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Need For Speed$6,662,415--3,115--$2,139$6,662,4151Disney / DreamWorks
2300: Rise of an Empire$5,762,77493%3,49020$1,651$64,968,3272Warner Bros.
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,454,561129%3,95117$1,381$47,434,4772Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$3,215,328--1,896--$1,696$3,215,3281Lionsgate
5Non-Stop (2014)$3,198,915142%3,18370$1,005$61,388,7253Universal
6The LEGO Movie$2,053,39089%3,040-250$675$231,280,3186Warner Bros.
7Son of God$1,456,95178%2,990-281$487$46,931,6593Fox
8The Monuments Men$584,35485%1,594-407$367$72,403,0466Sony / Columbia
9Frozen (2013)$522,54467%1,466-194$356$394,761,39417Disney
103 Days to Kill$501,74668%1,566-782$320$27,234,1144Relativity Media
11Ride Along$430,095160%1,024-299$420$131,151,5609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$1,003,751--291--$3,449$1,003,7511Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$336,60572%925-140$364$54,204,59722Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$237,06018%965-749$246$55,907,5915Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$209,48555%624-450$336$47,355,3855Sony / Screen Gems
5Pompeii$171,3341%671-987$255$21,999,3434Sony / TriStar
6American Hustle$169,97397%503-102$338$148,913,25414Sony / Columbia
7Gravity$150,261105%320-64$470$272,275,15324Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$125,032126%405-85$309$61,733,5879Open Road
9The Wolf of Wall Street$116,235100%286-73$406$116,048,14912Paramount
10Philomena$113,61940%502-168$226$36,343,78117Weinstein Company
11The Wind Rises$108,04717%305-191$354$3,956,9684Disney
12Dallas Buyers Club$103,06692%281-31$367$26,506,41820Focus
13Lone Survivor$78,98577%316-156$250$124,382,87612Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$68,41465%277-56$247$257,625,83914Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$60,219425%268135$225$424,194,10017Lionsgate
16Endless Love (2014)$55,58573%278-258$200$23,296,4655Universal
17That Awkward Moment$47,99054%122-66$393$25,762,7117Focus
18Her (2013)$43,884105%121-34$363$25,133,35113Warner Bros.
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$42,527235%15245$280$50,190,1719Paramount
20Repentance$30,04949%126-31$238$1,043,6743Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
21August: Osage County$28,91991%2037$142$37,397,67612Weinstein Company
22Nebraska$19,92714%120-60$166$17,558,16318Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,103,5081338%6662$16,720$2,242,4482Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$37,862--6--$6,310$37,8621Focus
3Gloria (2014)$22,662115%75-1$302$1,844,6668Roadside Attractions
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$18,971100%88-45$216$58,077,68812Fox
5I, Frankenstein$13,30029%76-16$175$19,024,1788Lionsgate
6The Art of the Steal (2014)$13,195--60--$220$13,1951RADiUS-TWC
7Walking With Dinosaurs$9,870-28%98-66$101$35,953,58813Fox
8The Book Thief$9,6679%47-2$206$21,381,53519Fox
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,489--74-37$128$119,765,29525Sony / Columbia
10Stalingrad (2014)$8,239-39%70-73$118$935,6813Sony / Columbia
11Winter's Tale$6,55566%50-32$131$12,492,8735Warner Bros.
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$6,436-59%50-254$129$127,328,88113Paramount
13Ernest & Celestine$6,278236%93$698$38,1643GKIDS
14Labor Day (2013)$4,581-34%42-42$109$13,351,9187Paramount
15Free Birds$2,347-34%32-42$73$55,741,73120Relativity Media
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,99562%23-19$87$8,301,97016Weinstein Company
17The Word$1,272--1--$1,272$1,2721Scarlet Sky Productions
18Vampire Academy$97217%12-20$81$7,756,5246Weinstein Company
19Highway$525-40%1-8$525$528,1504UTV Motion Pictures