Weekend box office: Straight Outta Compton still going strong
Another lackluster showing from new movies at the weekend box office means another first place finish for STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, entering its third weekend in a row at the top spot. But hot on its heels is the faith based film WAR ROOM from director Alex Kendrick. He also directed the film COURAGEOUS (also faith based), which opened to surprising box office numbers. But WAR ROOM kind of snuck up on everyone and if it gets a nice boost from Sunday ticket sales, it might do well enough to knock off STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. The other new film of the weekend was the Owen Wilson starring action film NO ESCAPE, which also did moderately well, taking in almost $10 million. That’s nothing to brag about, but it’s not bad considering the time of year and it features Wilson playing against type.
Next week is a little depressing. We have the no-need-for-a-reboot TRANSPORTER: REFUELED, which stars not Jason Statham. I’m not sure there’s any desire for another Transporter film, with or without Statham and I’m not sure why this didn’t go straight to home video. We also get the Robert Redford and Nick Nolte starring A WALK IN THE WOODS, which would only have a chance as Oscar bait. Finally, we get Chris Evans and Alice Eve in BEFORE WE GO. People love Evans as Captain America, but the guy can’t pull off a romantic comedy. I’m not sure why, but all of his rom-coms have been almost unwatchable. I don’t know if WAR ROOM will have any legs or if it’s a one an done type of film, so I’m going to guess STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON will make it four in a row. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Straight Outta Compton $12.6m
2. War Room $10.2m
3. No Escape $9.7m
4. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation $7.6m
5. Man From U.N.C.L.E. $4.2m
6. Sinister 2 $4.1m
7. Hitman: Agent 47 $3.8m
8. The Gift $2.9m
9. Jurassic World $2.8m
10. Ant-Man $2.7m