Weekend Box Office

Straight Outta Compton is still getting people straight into theaters, remaining at 1st place with $26.36 million. After 10 days, the film has grossed $111.09 million domestically, a strong number for a modest film. Yet another hit for Universal Studios, who have found big success this year with films filled with diverse casts.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation remained at 2nd place, taking in $11.45 million. With a $157.51 million domestic total, and not much competition coming out, the film is on track to becoming the highest grossing Mission: Impossible on the domestic side.

Sinister 2 opened to $10.54 million. Although the film has already topped its production budget, as well as being the biggest opening film this weekend, the film’s box office was rather soft for a low-budget horror film. The film is 41.5% behind its predecessor’s $18.01 million opening in 2012, and the mixed to somewhat positive critic and audience reception may be the prevailing cause of that.

As LightsCameraJackson would say it, “Hitman: Agent 47 just wasn’t a hit, man”. The video game adaptation opened to $8.33 million, which is 37% below the $13.16 million opening of the previous attempt at adapting this series back in 2007. Funny thing is that the same creative team is behind both films. Fox most likely won’t continue with more of these films, after this confirmed kill.

Rounding out the top 5 is The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with $7.32 million. The buddy spy film is under-performing with a domestic total of $26.53 million after ten days. Further proof that Armie Hammer is mostly box office poison.

Outside of the top 5, American Ultra opened to 6th place with $5.45 million. The intriguing marketing campaign and the force of the lovable Kristen Stewart fans sadly wasn’t enough to push it beyond what was expected of it, so that’s rather disappointing. Not quite “Max Landis Twitter rant” disappointing, but it’s pretty close.

Overseas Numbers

For reasons unfathomable, Terminator Genisys climbed back to the #1 spot on the overseas front thanks to China donating $26.6 million to their very sad campaign to start a new Terminator series. It’s the fourth biggest opening in China, behind last year’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, and this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Furious 7. The film has grossed $353.1 million worldwide.

Skipping over to 4th place, Inside Out opened in a few South-East Asian territories and Norway this past week, grossing $10.7 million. It opened 1st in the Philippines and contributed over a million dollars total. The film is now at $689.92 million worldwide, and it still has a few more territories to open in.

Breaking Records

Universal Pictures is dominating 2015 box office, surpassing last year’s champ, 20th Century Fox, and their year total of $3.73 billion in just under eight months. Of course, the accumulated successes of Universal’s 50 Shades of Grey, Furious 7, Jurassic World, and Minions are huge factors, but so are its smaller releases such as Straight Outta Compton, Pitch Perfect 2, among others, and they still have about a dozen more films to be released this year.

Prediction Time

Here are my picks for next week’s Top 5! Make sure to tweet your’s @WeTalkMovies.

  1. Straight Outta Compton
  2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  3. Sinister 2
  4. We Are Your Friends
  5. Hitman: Agent 47