Box Office: 'Straight Outta Compton' Powering to $26 Million Second Weekend
'Sinister 2,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'American Ultra' will all open behind holdover N.W.A biopic this weekend.
Straight Outta Compton continues to feel the love at the box office in its second weekend, on track to take in another $26 million in North American theaters. Universal's N.W.A biopic earned a huge $60.2 million in its first outing.
Three R-rated films — a horror sequel, a video game adaptation and a stoner action-comedy — are off to slower starts this weekend, and will all debut behind the hit holdover.
Blumhouse's Sinister 2, after scaring up a solid $850,000 from 2,100 locations Thursday night, is likely to earn $13 million to $14 million for the weekend. Hitting 2,758 theaters this weekend, the sequel is falling behind the tally of the original film, which starred Ethan Hawke and debuted to $18 million in October 2012. It went on to earn $77.7 million worldwide.
Gramercy Pictures, Focus Features’ genre label, is releasing Sinister 2, which stars Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone and Robert and Dartanian Sloan.
Hitman: Agent 47, which earned $600,000 from 2,500 locations Thursday night, is likely to earn $9 million to $10 million this weekend. The Fox film is an adaptation of a popular video game, starring Homeland’s Rupert Friend as an elite assassin. It won't catch the number earned by the 2007 adaptation starring Timothy Olyphant, which earned $13 million when it debuted in November that year, and went on to take in just under $100 million worldwide.
Lionsgate's American Ultra is also off to a quiet start as well. After taking in $425,000 Thursday night, the action-comedy could earn around $6 million in its debut.
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star in American Ultra, an action-comedy about a stoner and mini-mart employee (Eisenberg) who discovers he was was trained as a secret agent. The Adventureland reunion is opening in 2,778 locations.
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, now in its fourth week, could earn another $11 million to land in the top five — or more likely top three — this weekend, and Warner Bros.' Man From U.N.C.L.E., after a slow start last weekend, may take in another $6 million to $7 million in its second week, which would also land it in the top five due to the soft opening numbers expected from the trio of newcomers.
2:15 p.m., August 21 Updated with Friday estimates.