Weekend box office: Straight Outta Compton makes it two in row
I think we can officially call the time of death on the 2015 summer movie season. With two big bombs hitting theaters this weekend, the fun is now over until the fall awards season starts up in a couple of months. Last weekend’s number one film, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, was on top again at the weekend box office, hauling in another $27 million. But the poor performance of the new movies might be the bigger story. First up is SINISTER 2, which is another horror sequel no one seemed to want. It barely crossed $10 million, despite not having any competition in the horror genre. Fox’s reboot of the HITMAN franchise struggled as well, hauling in about $5 million less than the original HITMAN. I like Rupert Friend fine, but he’s not an upgrade over Timothy Olyphant. Then we have AMERICAN ULTRA, which proves once again that no one likes Kristen Stewart outside of her pre-teen Twilight fans and even they don’t follower her outside of the Twilight universe. As for holdovers, FANTASTIC FOUR dropped like a rock, barely holding on to the tenth spot and will probably be out of the top ten in another week.
Looking at the movies next week is almost embarrassing. First up we have WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS, which has Zac Efron as a DJ. Efron has his fans and I think he’s underrated as an actor, but I’ve never met a DJ I could stand and I can’t imagine watching a movie about one. Then we have NO ESCAPE, featuring Owen Wilson returning to the action genre that didn’t serve him well in BEHIND ENEMY LINES. Given the lack of competition, I wouldn’t be surprised to see STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON make it three in a row. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Straight Outta Compton $27.5m
2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation $11.9m
3. Sinister 2 $11m
4. Hitman: Agent 47 $8.3m
5. Man From U.N.C.L.E. $7.4m
6. American Ultra $4.6m
7. The Gift $4.3m
8. Ant-Man $4.2m
9. Minions $3.9m
10. Fantastic Four $3.6m