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Weekend Wrap-Up

By David Mumpower and Kim Hollis

August 23, 2015

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Our seventh and eighth place films both held up decently at the box office this weekend. The Gift, Joel Edgerton’s well-received directorial effort, took in another $4.3 million this frame. That’s a decline of just 34%, and pushes the STX Entertainment release to a domestic total of $31.1 million. The Gift is one of those Blumhouse movies that has a tiny budget at only $5 million, so it should be viewed as a success by everyone involved in bringing it together.

Ant-Man had an even better hold, as it fell only 26% from the previous frame to $4.1 million. Although it would definitely fall into the more minor category of successes for Marvel and Disney, they really have to be thrilled with its running domestic total of $164.5 million. It’s not that far off of Captain America: The First Avenger’s gross of $177 million.


A hilarious mix rounds out the top ten this week. In ninth place is one of the biggest hits of the summer, Minions, which grossed another $3.7 million. It’s down only 28% from last weekend, and its domestic running total has hit $320 million. Minions is also only $10 million away from reaching the billion dollar mark in worldwide box office. Fantastic Four…not so much. With only $3.6 million this weekend and down 1,483 venues, the failed comic book reboot attempt is effectively done at the box office. It has grossed $49.6 million domestically while crippling the still-nascent career of director Josh Trank. Fantastic Four falls out of the top 10 for good later this week, and it won’t get another mention until BOP’s Top Film Industry Stories of the Year.

Overall, our top 12 movies at the box office were down 10% from last year. 2015’s top 12 earned $92 million, about $10 million behind last year’s group, which featured Guardians of the Galaxy in the top spot. We probably shouldn’t look for the box office to improve any next weekend, as neither No Escape nor We Are Your Friends have the kind of marketing or buzz to draw audiences into theaters. Welcome to the end of summer.

Top Weekend Box Office for 8/21/15-8/23/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Straight Outta Compton Universal $26,756,125 - 56% $111,479,595
2 Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation Paramount $11,700,000 - 32% $157,763,000
3 Sinister 2 Focus Features $10,633,000 New $10,633,000
4 Hitman: Agent 47 Fox $8,200,000 New $8,200,000
5 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Warner Bros. $7,420,000 - 45% $26,637,000
6 American Ultra Lionsgate $5,500,000 New $5,500,000
7 The Gift Stx Entertainment $4,300,000 - 34% $31,053,163
8 Ant-Man Disney $4,088,000 - 26% $164,524,000
9 Minions Universal $3,706,290 - 28% $319,961,615
10 The Fantastic Four Fox $3,650,000 - 55% $49,625,000
11 Vacation WARNER BROS. $3,110,000 - 40% $52,283,000
12 Ricki And the Flash Sony $2,960,000 - 35% $20,200,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Grandma Sony Classics $120,856 New $120,856
  Digging For Fire The Orchard $24,544 New $24,544
  Learning To Drive Broad Green Pictures $67,417 New $67,417
  Mistress America FOX SEARCHLIGHT $237,000 + 154% $378,000
  Shaun the Sheep Movie Lionsgate $1,500,000 - 48% $14,505,452
  Diary of a Teenage Girl Sony Classics $180,359 + 68% $425,030
  Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet Gkids $47,294 + 32% $143,093
  The End of the Tour A24 $523,625 + 29% $1,689,540
  Southpaw Weinstein Co. $1,230,000 - 49% $48,117,274
  Trainwreck Universal $2,452,720 - 36% $102,386,830
  Jurassic World Universal $947,100 - 24% $639,568,080
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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