Weekend box office: Straight Outta Compton easily beats The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
I can’t speak to the cultural significance of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, but I do know that every kid (white or black) in the 90’s grew up with music from Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E and their many proteges, so the fact the film is number one at the weekend box office is absolutely no surprise. NWA basically launched a new genre of music and one that appeals to a wide audience, so it makes sense their biopic would do the same. The other new movie of the weekend was the 60’s throwback MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer and directed by Guy Ritchie. The general consensus is that it was a fun movie, but nothing special, so it’s not surprising it had a lackluster box office debut. It just never felt like the kind of movie that would do well.
Next week sees the release of the horror sequel SINISTER 2, the reboot HITMAN: AGENT 47, as well as the action comedy AMERICAN ULTRA, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Stewart’s Twilight fans don’t follow her anywhere (except maybe in the gossip columns) and Eisenberg isn’t a huge box office draw, so I can’t imagine AMERICAN ULTRA doing much damage at the weekend box office. As for HITMAN: AGENT 47, fans didn’t show up for Timothy Olyphant’s take and even though this version looks more action packed, I can’t imagine it cracking the top five. SINISTER 2 is a horror movie at a time when there aren’t any horror movies, so it has a chance of dethroning STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, but my guess is the NWA biopic will make it two weekends in a row. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become available.
1. Straight Outta Compton $56.1m
2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation $17m
3. Man From U.N.C.L.E. $13.6m
4. Fantastic Four $8.2m
5. The Gift $6.8m
6. Ant-Man $5.8m
7. Minions $5.2m
8. Vacation $5.1m
9. Ricki and the Flash $4.4m
10. Trainwreck $4m