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Weekend Box Office Report: August 21-23, 2015

08.23.2015

Straight Outta Compton still tops the chart!

For a second weekend, the story of rap group N.W.A. held the top spot as STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON was at #1 with an estimated $26.7 million!

The biopic about the seminal hip-hop act fronted by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E dropped 55% from its opening but already cruised past the $100 million mark, with a 10-day domestic total of $111.7 million on a reported $29 million budget. By next weekend it will overtake WALK THE LINE's $119.5 million total to become the highest-grossing musician biopic.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION is still clinging to second place like Tom Cruise on a plane/building/cliff. The fifth entry in the resilient action-espionage franchise collected another $11.7 million as it climbed past $400 million globally.

Opening in third was the new horror sequel SINISTER 2 with $10.6 million, the best performance of the weekend's three new wide releases. The R-rated supernatural thriller reportedly cost under $10 million to produce, but got scared off by critics (12% on Rotten Tomatoes) and crowds ('B-' CinemaScore). The first SINISTER had an $18 million first weekend in October 2012.

The rebooted videogame adaptation HITMAN: AGENT 47 opened in fourth with $8.2 million. The $35 million R-rated action movie got gunned down by critics with a 7% average on Rotten Tomatoes. The 2007 Timothy Olyphant-starring version of the assassin game opened to $13.1 million.

In fifth place was director Guy Ritchie's THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. with $7.4 million, down 44% from last week's opening. The adaptation of the 1960s spy show now has a domestic total of $26.3 million (on a $75 million reported cost).

Opening in sixth place was the third spy movie in the Top 10, the R-rated AMERICAN ULTRA with $5.5 million. The new Jesse Eisenberg/Kristen Stewart stoner action-comedy cost a reported $12 million and has a 45% average from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Joel Edgerton's dark thriller THE GIFT is continuing strong word-of-mouth business in seventh, with Marvel's ANT-MAN close behind in eighth place. In ninth, the MINIONS are finally losing steam after seven weeks (and just short of $1 billion worldwide), and FANTASTIC FOUR is barely holding onto the bottom after placing fourth last weekend.

Outside the chart, VACATION has ended, RICKI AND THE FLASH left the stage, and TRAINWRECK pulled into the station with a $102 million domestic total. INSIDE OUT finally passed the domestic finish of FINDING NEMO to become Pixar's second-biggest release, and TERMINATOR GENISYS opened in China with $26.6 million -- on its first day. In limited release, the Lily Tomlin R-rated comedy GRANDMA had a solid $30k per-screen average.

Next weekend closes out the summer with the Owen Wilson/Pierce Brosnan action-thriller NO ESCAPE (on Wednesday), plus the Zac Efron DJ drama WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS and the post-apocalyptic Z FOR ZACHARIAH with Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Straight Outta Compton $26.7 M $111.4 M
2. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation $11.7 M $157.7 M
3. Sinister 2 $10.6 M
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4. Hitman: Agent 47 $8.2 M
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5. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. $7.4 M $26.6 M
6. American Ultra $5.5 M
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7. The Gift $4.3 M $31 M
8. Ant-Man $4 M $164.5 M
9. Minions $3.7 M $319.9 M
10. Fantastic Four $3.6 M $49.6 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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