Box Office: 'Compton' Cruises to No. 1 With $26.8 Million, Newcomers Fall Flat
'Sinister 2,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'American Ultra' all failed to find any sizzle in their domestic debuts; 'Terminator Genisys' took the No. 1 spot internationally thanks to its big opening in China Sunday.
Straight Outta Compton, which earned $26.8 million in its second weekend, is quickly becoming August's main success story, with this weekend's three new releases falling flat at the domestic box office.
Indeed, Sinister 2, Hitman: Agent 47 and American Ultra all failed to meet their projected numbers this weekend, placing below both Compton and Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, which is in its fourth week in theaters.
N.W.A biopic Compton easily took the No. 1 spot this weekend. Universal added around 200 more screens for the film's second week, bringing the total to around 3,000. After earning a big $60.2 million in its domestic debut last weekend, Compton dropped around 56 percent in its second outing.
Compton has already passed $100 million after just two weeks at the box office, hitting an estimated $111.5 million through this weekend. A smart marketing campaign, good reviews and strong word-of-mouth are to thank for the studio's latest success. Compton's second weekend win marks Universal’s 13th weekend atop the North American box office.
This weekend, both Compton and Universal's comedy Trainwreck reached the $100 million milestone. Universal, having a record-breaking year, now has seven titles that have passed $100 million domestically this year.
Tom Cruise's fifth turn as agent Ethan Hunt in Rogue Nation continues to do solid business and, due to the lackluster performances by the three newbies, it took the No. 2 spot at the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $11.7 million. Its total domestic tally is now at $158 million.
Rogue Nation also took the No. 2 spot internationally, earning $25.2 million from 63 territories this weekend. The international cume is now $280.8 million, and the spy actioner's global cume through Sunday is $438.6 million.
Paramount and Skydance's Terminator Genisys took the No. 1 spot internationally thanks to its big opening in China Sunday. It earned a huge $27.4 million at 25,000 locations. The film, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, took in $2.2 million at midnight shows for the fourth biggest result ever for midnight shows.
The tally marks the fourth biggest opening day ever for a U.S. film (behind Fast 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Transformers 4), and is the biggest opening in the Terminator franchise.
Terminator Genisys' international cume is now $264 million, and its global tally has hit $335 million.
The three newcomers, all rated R, may be suffering from the August blues because they're all going for the same under 25 audience. Plus, many schools are already in session again, which can put a damper on attendance.
Sinister 2, a Blumhouse production released by Focus' genre label Gramercy Pictures, did well enough to place No. 3 with a $10.6 million cume. The microbudgeted horror film is directed by Ciaran Foy from a script by franchise creators Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.
While Sinister 2's tally is below the $14 million projected by tracking, the horror project about a mother and her two sons who move into a rural house that's inhabited by an evil deity is cushioned by the fact that it was made for under $10 million.
Its total trails behind the first film, starring Ethan Hawke, which debuted to $18 million in October 2012, and went on to earn $77.7 million worldwide.
Blumhouse's other recent release, STX's first film The Gift, is having a solid run at the box office with an $11.8 million domestic debut in early August, and it took the No. 7 spot this weekend, adding around $4.3 million to its total and only dropping 34 percent in its third week.
Fox's video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 earned an estimated $8.2 million in its debut for fourth place. Starring Homeland’s Rupert Friend, the actioner was directed by Aleksander Bach from a script by Skip Woods and Michael Finch.
Fox's second attempt at adapting the popular video game series fell below the first film's tally. The 2007 movie, starring Timothy Olyphant, earned $13 million when it debuted in November that year, and went on to take in just under $100 million worldwide.
Warner Bros.' 1960s spy film The Man From U.N.C.L.E was able to crack the top five in its second outing, earning $7.4 million domestically, a drop of just 45 percent. The Guy Ritchie film, which had a soft debut last weekend, has taken in $26.6 million domestically to date.
This weekend's final wide release, American Ultra, wasn't able to to find any fire as well. The stoner action comedy, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, will end the weekend with just $5.5 million, for a sixth place finish.
Lionsgate acquired Ultra ahead of the start of production for $7 million. The film centers on a stoner (Eisenberg) who discovers he's a sleeper CIA assassin. It was originally projected to earn between $6 million and $8 million in its debut.
Universal and Illumination's Minions, which placed No. 9 domestically, grossed an estimated $8.8 million in 57 territories this weekend for a new international total of $669.4 million. Its worldwide total is now $989.4 million, beating the lifetime totals of Despicable Me 2 ($975.5 million) and The Lion King ($987.5 million) to become the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide.
In the specialty sphere, Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin, earned $120,856 this weekend from four locations. Sony Pictures Classics, which bought the indie out of Sundance, released the film, which had a strong per theater average of $30,000. Isabel Croixet’s Learning to Drive from Broad Green Pictures earned around $67,417 from four theaters for a per screen average of $16,854. The film, starring Patricia Clarkson as a Manhattan writer who takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor, hopes strong word of mouth will help boost its numbers as it expands into more theaters (including Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and Phoenix next weekend).