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Old 08-23-2015, 07:27 PM   #1
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Cool "Straight Outta Compton" Tops the Charts Again

Weekend Report - Compton Tops the Charts Again
by Keith Simanton
August 23, 2015

Straight Outta Compton fell 56% in its second weekend but still managed to take first place on the box office charts with $26.8M. It's Universal's 13th weekend with a film in the #1 position.

Meanwhile the other new titles did little to turn around an August that can't compete with the record-breaking, $1B results of last year and the top 12 was down 10.46% from the same frame last year.

Universal added 268 venues to the hit biopic's 2,757 venues, for a total of 3,025, which feels like a bit of a tacit admission by the studio that they should have opened Compton wider its first week.

They increased the theater count for Jurassic World only 17 screens its second week, but that brought it to a whopping 4,291. Furious 7 was only given 18 more screens its second week but that brought it up to 4,022.

Still, Compton's per screen average (psa) its first week was $21,835, while Jurassic World astonished with an opening psa of $48,855 and Furious of $36,760.

Sinister 2 was supposed to land somewhere between $15M - $18M but disappointed with $10.6M. The horror sequel, about possessed kids who murder their families, was on 2,766 screens, with a $3,818 psa.

Compare that to the other scary kids movie from Blumhouse, the production company responsible for this series. The James Wan-directed Insidious opened to $13.3M going on to a $54M domestic gross in 2011.

The sequel (also Wan), Insidious Chapter 2, opened to $40M on its way to $83.6M, and the third installment, Insidious Chapter 3 opened to $22M with an eventual $52.2M domestic gross. Though Blumhouse makes these in an ultra-frugal manner it may not be inspired to offer up another Sinister.

That may be the case for Lionsgate as well as their attempt at starting a covert agent franchise, American Ultra, fizzled with a $5.6M opening. On 2,778 screens, the film made $2,003 per, even with the well-known, Millennial-friendly faces of Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.

Ultra feels like a film that will get discovered on home video but that doesn't help ease the pain that the film did little better than the actors' last collaboration, the under-appreciated Adventureland, which opened at $5.7M.

Hitman 47 was just to the left of its target opening with an $8.1M weekend. That's 34.6% lower than the 2007 $13.1M opening of the original Hitman.

It must have been distracted by all the critical hammering as it had an 8% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In holdovers Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, like Tom Cruise latched onto that A-400, held onto the #2 position on the charts, dropping only 32% for an $11.7M weekend.

On 3,392 theaters the film has a domestic cume of $157.7M.

In limited release Grandma made 120,856 on 4 screens. That's director Paul Weitz's second best per-screen opening (albeit limited) in his career, coming in behind 2004's In Good Company (3 screens, $50.6K per) but well ahead of his biggest hit, Little Fockers.

Though that sequel to Meet the Parents made a healthy $30.8M its opening weekend its psa was $8,720 on 3,536 screen. The well-reviewed Sundance hit stars Lily Tomlin whose star has risen again with this film and her Netflix hit, "Grace and Frankie".

August 21-23, 2015 Weekend Studio Estimates:

1. Straight Outta Compton $26,760,000 / $111,483,000
2. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation $11,700,000 / $157,763,000
3. Sinister 2 $10,633,000
4. Hitman: Agent 47 $8,200,000
5. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. $7,420,000 / $26,637,000
6. American Ultra $5,500,000
7. The Gift $4,300,000 / $31,053,000
8. Ant-Man $4,088,000 / $164,524,000
9. Minions $3,710,000 / $319,965,000
10. Fantastic Four $3,650,000 / $49,625,000
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Weekend Report - Compton Wins War Room Rumble
by Keith Simanton
August 30, 2015

Despite what President Merkin Muffley said in Dr. Strangelove it appears you CAN fight in the War Room.

Straight Outta Compton did just that and, with $13.2M in domestic box office, emerged victorious over War Room to claim the #1 position on the charts for the third weekend in a row.

War Room, which beat Compton in theaters on Friday, made $11M with a robust $9,692 per screen average.

The top of the heap was still a pretty low heap, however, as the top 12 made $68.8M, off 22% from last year's $88.2M, which was a weak weekend itself.

That $68.8M also gives this frame the dubious distinction of being the lowest grossing weekend of the year, 12% lower than March 6 - 8th's $78.3M.

The newcomers that helped achieve that feat included No Escape, the Owen Wilson/Pierce Brosnan military coup flick, which the Weinsteins state came in just a little under their $9M estimate with $8.3M.

On 2,470 screens that $3,355 psa is better than the $2,850 that last year's late-August Pierce Brosnan movie offering, The November Man, made in exactly the same frame.

No Escape has a "B+" on Cinemascore, much as November Man did, so a final domestic cume around $30M seems reasonable.

We Are Your Friends struggled to make any with a below-expectations $1.8M, according to Warner Bros.

Its $771 psa in 2,333 locations and its "C+" Cinemascore suggests that Zac Efron might have to start considering that "High School Musical: The 10 Year Reunion" script that's sitting in that stack somewhere.

It was War Room, however, that was the story of the weekend.

Sony's faith-based film from their Affirm division flew so far under the radar that it didn't even get a Cinemascore. But it nearly stole Compton's title and, at the same time, became the biggest hit for the Kendrick brothers, director Alex Kendrick and his writer/producer brother, Stephen. Their modestly-budgeted flicks have a great return on investment.

War Room has a reported budget of $3.5M while their 2011 police officer film, Courageous, had a $2M budget, going on to a domestic cume of $34.5. Their 2008 fireman flick, Fireproof, had a $33.5M domestic cume on a budget of $500K.

Compton's $13.2M led the holdovers even with a 50% drop from last weekend.

In 3,142 venues the biopic made $4,201 per screen and has a domestic cume of $134.1M.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation just beat No Escape, making $8.3M in 3,095 locations for a $2,666 psa and a domestic cume topping $170.3M.

Sinister 2 dropped 56%, fairly standard for horror fare, for a $4.65M weekend.

On 2,799 screens that translates to a weak $1,661 psa. The film has a domestic cume of $18.1M.

The hitmen continue to miss as Lionsgate reports that American Ultra dropped 49% in its second outing for a $2.8M weekend and a $10.6 cume.

Those are pretty disappointing results for a film budgeted at $28M.

The other professional assassin flick, Hitman 47, with a budget at a reported $35M, was in a little better shape.

It dropped 51% in its second weekend, making $3.9M for a $15.1M cume.

In limited release news Sony Pictures Classics' Grandma continues to pull strong per screen averages in its second week. The Lily Tomlin starrer added 15 venues for a total of 19 and pulled in $308K for the weekend, approximately $16,243 per venue.

Though its cume of $468K is still small the film is performing well.

A24's The End of the Tour posted $321K to its coffers putting the indie to $2.3M for a domestic cume.

New studio STX gets to report that The Gift made $3.1M for the weekend, adding up to a decent $36M domestic cume.

The flick, directed by actor Joel Edgerton, had a reported production budget of $5M. In the language of Moneyball, that's a solid, on-base hit.

August 28-30, 2015 Weekend Studio Estimates:

1. Straight Outta Compton $13,240,000 / $134,126,000
2. War Room $11,000,000
3. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation $8,300,000 / $170,387,000
4. No Escape $8,288,000 / $10,349,000
5. Sinister 2 $4,650,000 / $18,512,000
6. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. $4,410,000 / $34,122,000
7. Hitman: Agent 47 $3,850,000 / $15,271,000
8. The Gift $3,134,000 / $35,960,000
9. Jurassic World $3,120,000 / $643,088,000
10. Ant-Man $3,054,000 / $169,187,000
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I saw Straight Outta Compton and it was good. I love NWA and I have their Straight Outta Compton and Nig*az4life albums.
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