Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Handily Beats ‘Sinister 2,’ ‘American Ultra’

Straight Outta Compton
Courtesy of Universal

Notching its second weekend in first place, N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” pulled in $8 million in Friday showings, putting it on track for a $28 million weekend, according to studio estimates. Newcomers “Sinister 2,” “American Ultra” and “Hitman: Agent 47” won’t be able to keep up with the hip-hopper.

Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Universal/Legendary’s “Compton” is dominant at 3,025 locations for its second frame. The biopic made $25 million between Monday and Thursday; it’s poised to cross the $100 million mark on Saturday, nine days after its release.

Behind “Compton” is Tom Cruise starrer “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” from Paramount, which is expected to make $12 million in its fourth weekend of competition at 3,442 theaters.

In third place for the weekend will be horror sequel “Sinister 2,” which is tracking for $11 million for the weekend after posting just shy of $5 million in Friday receipts. The Focus/Gramercy pic, made on a $10 million budget, will play across 2,766 theaters. Starring Shannyn Sossamon and James Ransome, “Sinister 2” is about a mother and two sons in a rural house haunted by an evil spirit.

Fox videogame adaptation “Hitman: Agent 47” will finish in fourth place with an opening weekend total of $8 million and a Friday gross of $3 million. Starring Rupert Friend as a genetically modified killer, the actioner carries a $35 million pricetag; it’s unlikely to reach the heights of the 2007 original’s haul of $39.7 million.

Slick 1960s espionage reboot “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is tracking for a total of $7 million in its second weekend after posting $2 million in Friday grosses. Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander, the Cold War action-comedy will top a cumulative gross of more than $25 million by weekend’s end.

Finishing the weekend in sixth place will be stoner action-comedy “American Ultra,” on its way to a $5 million-$6 million weekend total after pulling in $2 million in Friday receipts. The Lionsgate pic reunites Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg (last seen together in “Adventureland”).

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  1. The plethora of films coming between now and the end of the year seem filled with promise for audiences, full of entertainment and social messages; lots of familiar faces, superstars, and new talent. What seems to happen on the way to the box office is the zeitgeist, competition, poor marketing, distribution uncertainty and overall miscalculation.

    What we’ll most lightly end up with is “a sleeper” and a predictable hit movie, several “one-offs” and a few other “watchable” films. The biggest thing will be waiting for their DVDs or streaming, VOD or something pirated….as usual.

    Will anyone care about any of these movie ten years (five years) from now? Perhaps…if their rebooted.

  2. Paul says:

    “Sinister 2” should have waited for Halloween time. Then again I do not think “Straight Outta Compton” was expected to be such a big hit. “American Ultra” wasn’t gonna be a blockbuster anyway so it is doing business as expected (I’d expect). Unless Lionsgate expected Stewart’s “Twilight” glow to still open a film (sadly for them those days are gone)

    • jojo says:

      Actually the studio bought the American Ultra script (the script, NOT the movie) for 7.5 million and announced they were developing it as a franchise !! I guess they REALLY had faith in kstew’s twilight afterglow!
      I agree about Sinister, what ever made them release in the end of the summer??? Unless that studio has other haloween movies planned for that time

      • YoungPup says:

        Yea Blumhouse has like 2 movies coming out every month, and I know Jem is coming out in October, which wouldn’t really be any competition to a horror movie, but still.

      • YoungPup says:

        Ok, so it didn’t hit $100,000,000, it only hit $93,000,000 which is 7 million less than what this dumb article predicted.

  3. Dex says:

    Congrats to Universal for backing the film.
    Meanwhile over at Warner…

  4. Freddy says:

    Straight Outta Compton and Mission Impossible are doing awesome! The two last big hits of the Summer. Other that, horrible weekend. All the new releases were weak and disappointed.

  5. This is great news! I look forward to seeing “Mohawk Salon…a psycho thriller” on screen too. As this bring heighten awareness to African-Americans and Native Americans with a diverse cast and crew that though you are a pioneer in this conglomerate film industry your project can make a huge difference at the box-office. We anticipate close ranking with “Straight Outta Compton”, and our franchise “Rebirth of Crowning Glory” will exceed more.

  6. I spy 3 films d.o.a. says:

    COMPTON & MISSION IMPOSSIBLE cruising at the box office. All newcomers self destruct .

    • Grayson says:

      Not all. Sinister is predicted to surpass it’s budget in the first weekend. It states that it only took $10 million to make in the article and is on track for $11 million. Recouping your budget in the first weekend isn’t self destruction.

      • XYoungpup says:

        Yea, I’m not sure what he’s talking about, and this article is such click bait considering sinister 2 has only been out for a little over a day, and the weekend just started yesterday.

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