1. Straight Outta Compton – $26.8 million [2nd week; $111.5 million] Three newcomers weren’t enough to stop Eazy-E, MC Ren, Yella, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube proving the biopic wasn’t a one-weekend fluke. Given its $29 budget, “Compton” could become one of the year’s most profitable films.
Next week doesn’t have a lot of high profile new releases either so it’s likely we could see a three-peat.
2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $12 million [4th week; $158 million] The weak slate of newcomers also allowed Tom Cruise’s fifth Mission Impossible to comfortably retain its second place spot.
Unless something major happens over the next few weeks, “Rogue Nation” is going to be the fourth highest grossing of the five films. A sixth installment is reportedly in the works, but the market may be dwindling.
3. Sinister 2 – $10.6 million [debut week] The sequel to the modest 2012 hit didn’t do as well as its predecessor’s $18 million debut.
But assuming its budget was close to the original’s $3 million budget, it’s already profitable so don’t be shocked if plans aren’t already underway for a Sinister 3.
4. Hitman: Agent 47 – $8.2 million [debut week] Shot full of more holes than even the critically loathed “Fantastic Four,” this attempt to relaunch the Hitman franchise was DOA.
The 2007 original missed the mark with a $13 million debut en route to a $39 million total gross. The sequel will be lucky to hit $30 million.
5. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – $7.4 million [2nd week; $26.6 million] Bad news for fans of the Guy Ritchie 60s era spy film as its second weekend after its underwhelming debut essentially ruins any hope for a sequel. The film’s budget was $75 million so even recouping that at this point seems unlikely for distributor Warner Bros. Pictures.
6. American Ultra – $5.5 million [debut week] The trailers for the stoner action comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart looked terrible. It looked goofy, silly and completely unfunny. Guess I wasn’t the only one who thought that way. Of his films that opened in at least 2,000 theaters “Ultra” marks a career worst for Eisenberg who will likely see a career best with his next film. You’ve probably heard about it? “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”