Box Office Report: “Compton” fights off “War Room”, “We Are Your Friends” one of the worst openings ever

(AUGUST 28 – AUGUST 30 2015)

  1. Straight Outta Compton (Week 3) – $13,240,000
  2. War Room (Opening) – $11,000,000
  3. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Week 5) – $8,300,000
  4. No Escape (Opening) – $8,288,000
  5. Sinister 2 (Week 2) – $4,650,000
  6. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Week 3) – $4,410,000
  7. Hitman: Agent 47 (Week 2) – $3,850,000
  8. The Gift (Week 4) – $3,134,000
  9. Jurassic World (Week 12) – $3,120,000
  10. Ant-Man (Week 7) – $3,054,000


  • This week Straight Outta Compton has become the highest grossing music biopic beating out Walk The Line’s $119M domestic total with $134M. Hitting #1 three times in a row equals the amount Jurassic World was #1 for as well, while Mission Impossible and Ant-Man were up for only two weeks. Respect. Its competition next week is the next Transporter film, so who knows, maybe it has four weeks in it.
  • The religion themed War Room barely beat Compton on Friday with $195k more but it couldn’t hold onto Saturday and Sunday. However, it had by far the most impressive theater average of the top 10, with $9k compared to Compton’s $4k.
  • Rogue Nation continues to hold on, adding this week for $170M total, but it’s looking very unlikely to catch up to Ghost Protocol’s $209M.
  • Disaster movie No Escape comes only a little under its estimated $9M for the weekend with $8.2M.
  • Sinister 2 has the biggest drop of the weekend with 55.9% less than last week, which is no surprise for horror, and has $18M total. Not bad for a $10M budget.
  • However, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’s current total is $34M which spells trouble with its $75M budget.
  • Hitman: Agent 47 also takes a drop as severe as Sinister 2 with 53.8% with a total domestic gross of $15M so far. It was made on a $35M budget. Looking at a big loss.
  • The Gift is holding on strong for an under-the-radar $5M thriller. It’s grossed nearly $36M so far.
  • Meanwhile, Universal adds 665 theaters to Jurassic World to bump it back into the top 10 when last week it grossed less than $1M. Maybe they’re after Titanic’s record of $658M and Jurassic is only $15M away. With the type of legs it’s boasting and the push Universal is giving it, that’s not out of the realm of possibility.
  • Ant-Man remains one of the weakest Marvel outings with $365M worldwide total so far, but it’s not too far from Captain America: The First Avenger’s $370M. At least it’s showing up the new Fantastic Four while it’s doing it.


  • In other news, new release We Are Your Friends starring Zac Efron is one of the worst wide releases in history. Grossing $1.8M over 2,333 theaters, it has a theater average of only $772. In fact, it’s the 4th worst wide opening, behind a 10th anniversary revival of Saw, some film called Delgo and Oogieloves.
  • Minions has joined the billion club. Earning a modest $2.9M this weekend in the domestic box office for its 8th week, the foreign box office earnings has pushed it to $1,018M total. Universal has broken a record with 3 films joining the club in one year, along with Jurassic World and Furious 7.
  • Grandma wins the theater average again with $16k after only adding 15 theaters. It’s grossed $486k so far.
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl has added 726 theaters but to little avail. With a theater average of $585, it only grossed $425k this weekend to a total of $925k so far.
  • Terminator Genisys opened to a huge weekend in China, grossing nearly $27M. This pushes its worldwide total to $409M, beating Salvation’s unadjusted $371M.