Showing that audiences can love counter programming when it’s offered, the hip hop biopic “Straight Outta Compton” about the origins of iconic rap group N.W.A. easily topped the U.S. box-office this weekend with a whopping $56.1 million.
That surpasses “American Pie 2” as the the biggest-ever August debut for an R-rated movie, and an opening on par with major tentpole blockbusters. It’s also almost twice the film’s reported $29 million budget which means it could certainly be one of the more profitable films of the season. The big question lies in its ability to travel internationally which is something it may not do.
Not faring so well was “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” Guy Ritchie’s stylish spy caper take on the classic 1960s TV show. Costing a sizeable $75 million to make, the film opened in third place to just $13.5 million – not a good start.
Part of the problem is the brand holds no recognition for younger audiences, while reviews were decidedly mixed. The studio hopes that international will save it, but the film opened in two dozen key markets and only nabbed a further $12 million.
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” continued strongly in second place with a further $17 million added to its now $138 million total by the end of its third weekend. Internationally the film is already up to $373 million in its worldwide haul.
“Fantastic Four” plunged in its second weekend with a drop of nearly 70% and just $8 million in revenue. So far it has earned just $42 million in the United States and a further $60 million overseas.
Joel Edgerton’s “The Gift” came in fifth with a further $6.5 million in its second outing, bringing the indie thriller to an impressive $23.6 million total so far. In limited release, Noah Baumbach’s comedy “Mistress America” nabbed an impressive per-screen average of $23,500.
Source: Box-Office Mojo