Sunday, August 30, 2015

Straight Outta Compton Tops Box Office Again, While War Room Overperforms And Zac Efrons Newest Movie Breaks Box Office Records

For the third weekend in a row, Straight Outta Compton conquered the box office, this time around with a $13.2 million haul, a 49% dip from last weekend which leads the N.W.A. box office to a current domestic box office total of $134 million. However, it wasn't the only major success story at the box office to discuss this weekend, no siree. The newest film from the team who brought the world Fireproof and Courageous unleashed a new Christian movie, War Room, on the populace this weekend.

War Room took in $11 million this weekend, which is the seventh biggest Christian movie opening weekend of all-time. After the trifecta of Son of God/God's Not Dead/Heaven Is For Real last Spring, a deluge of Christian movies flooded the market last fall, hoping to recapture the financial success of those movies by going into more theaters than originally planned. But films like The Identical didn't have a strong plot hook for audiences to gravitate towards to, nor did they have the built-in following with audiences that the makers of War Room had after films like Facing The Giants and Fireproof.

Also of note; this is the rare time at the US box office where the top two movies feature predominately non-white casts.

Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation wound up in third place this weekend with $8.3 million, bringing the movies domestic total to $170 million. Over the next ten days, it'll surpass the domestic total of the first Mission: Impossible, an especially impressive feat conisdering the films domestic box office run is far from finished. No Escape barely came in behind Ethan Hunt in fourth place place, with $8.28 million. After five days of release, it's now made $10.3 million. That's an OK, but far from exceptional result, thought it at least will perform better than other recent Owen Wilson duds like Are You Here and The Big Year.

Rounding out the top five was Sinister 2 with $4.7 million, which is only a 56% dip from its opening weekend. That's a way smaller second weekend dip than usual for typical horror movies and brings the horror sequel up to $18.5 million. In sixth place was The Man From U.N.C.L.E., losing 38% from last weekend to a $4.4 million haul this frame. The Guy Ritchie feature has now grossed a middling $34.1 million domestically.

Hitman: Agent 47 didn't reverse its fortunes this weekend, taking in $3.7 million over the weekend for an anemic $15.6 million domestic total so far. Just beneath that secret agent was three titles that all had similar grosses, meaning it's quite likely that the order of this trio of films will change once the actuals come in. Those three movies are The Gift, Jurassic World and Ant-Man. The Gift came in ta eight place with $3.1 million, a tiny 27% dip from last weekend that brings the thriller to a $35.9 million gross thus far.  Jurassic World, meanwhile, returned to IMAX 3D theaters this weekend to prosperous results, with a strong $2,500 per theater average and now bringing the films total to $643 million. Fun fact for ya; it's gross this weekend puts it at number 23 on the All-Time Domestic Movies Adjusted For Inflation, just ahead of The Godfather. Finally, Ant-Man only lost 22% from last weekend for a $3 million gross  this weekend and has now amassed $169.2 million domestically.

And meanwhile, all the way in 13th place, was the Zac Efron film We Are Your Friends, grossing a dismal $1.8 million. That's the lowest grossing opening weekend for a 2015 wide release and the fourth worst opening weekend of all-time for a movie in over 2000 theaters. To say this one didn't work out is a gross understatement.

The Top 12 grossed a meek $66 million, making it the lowest grossing weekend of 2015 and down a whopping 25% from this same weekend last year, when Guardians Of The Galaxy ruled the entire cinematic cosmos.

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