Weekend Wrap-Up

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

August 30, 2015

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Our second new release finishes in fourth place. The Owen Wilson/Pierce Brosnan action film No Escape managed $8.28 million from Friday-to-Sunday, and now has a total since its Wednesday debut of $10.3 million. Considering the mediocre reviews and desperate-seeming marketing, this total is about as much as the Weinstein Company could hope for. It’ll be forgotten in a few weeks, and the studio will be looking to home video for No Escape to earn its keep.

Sinister 2 did just about what you’d expect a horror film to do, falling 56% in its second frame for a fifth place finish. Its weekend total was $4.6 million, which brings its overall domestic earnings to $18.5 million. After two weekends, it has barely tallied what the original film made in its opening weekend. There’s not much relief to be expected from international venues, but that won’t matter much to Focus Features. The production budget on this one was $10 million, high for a Blumhouse project, but still generally low. We can probably expect to see future Sinisters go straight-to-video, though.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the latest attempted reboot of a Cold War espionage series from the 1960s, continued to offer moderate returns for Warner Bros. It finished in sixth place this frame with $4.4 million, down 40% weekend over weekend. The buddy cop movie disguised as a spy thriller has now earned a modest $34.1 million domestically against a $75 million budget. It’ll need foreign revenue to save it at this point.

A different kind of spy flick, one that focuses more on the killing, finished in seventh place. Hitman: Agent 47 fell 54% to $3.9 million, bringing its grand total to a paltry $15.3 million. With a budget of only $35 million and decent overseas prospects, it’s probably in the better position of the two films. Even with international box office expansion, however, it’s unlikely to match the first Hitman movie’s global take of just under $100 million, though.

Our eighth, ninth and 10th place films go to a semi-indie breakout, one of the biggest movies of all-time and a minor Marvel release. The Gift is our eighth place finisher, as the Joel Edgerton-directed and written film earns another $3.1 million this weekend, down just 27%. The well-reviewed movie from upstart distributor STX Entertainment has now accumulated $31 million in domestic revenue.

Universal put Jurassic World back into IMAX locations this weekend, and the result is a ninth place finish as the dinosaurs-eating-humans film expanded a mighty 230%. With an additional $3.1 million, Jurassic World has now earned a gaudy $639.7 million domestically. It’s also approaching the billion-dollar mark from overseas venues alone and sits with a worldwide total of $1.6 billion, the third best total ever.


Tenth goes to Ant-Man, Marvel’s attempt to show that they can even turn the most ridiculous superhero concept ever into gold. Ant-Man fell only 25% to $3 million, and now has a running domestic total of $164.5 million. It’s also close to $200 million from overseas venues, which means that Disney is plenty happy with where this one will finish up, particularly when ancillary revenue is figured in.

There are a couple of noteworthy stories outside the top 10. Minions, which finished in 11th place, now has a worldwide total of over $1 billion. It has become the third-highest grossing animated film ever behind only Frozen and Toy Story 3.

Whereas Ant-Man is a successful Marvel story, Fantastic Four is… the opposite. After just four weeks in theaters, it is already out of the top 10 with just $1.7 million from this frame and a cumulative total of $52.2 million. It does have about $85 million from international venues, but there’s not much good news here for Fox.

Finally, the Zac Efron new release We Are Your Friends finished well outside the top 10 and became the lowest-opening wide release of the summer with just $1.8 million. With almost no studio support, this one was doomed.

Overall, the top 12 movies for 2015 earned a dismal $68.7 million. That’s 22% off last year’s total of $88.2 million, which was led by Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. All films in release earned $85 million, which is still less than 2014’s top 12 tallied, and makes this the lowest-grossing weekend in 2015 so far. Next weekend brings us The Transporter Refueled, which does not feature Jason Statham and therefore doesn’t offer much excitement, and A Walk in the Woods, which seems to have some appeal amongst the older demographic thanks to star Robert Redford.

Top Weekend Box Office for 8/28/15-8/30/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Straight Outta Compton Universal $13,243,530 - 50% $134,129,705
2 War Room Sony $11,000,000 New $11,000,000
3 Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation Paramount $8,300,000 - 28% $170,387,000
4 No Escape Weinstein Co. $8,288,000 New $10,348,860
5 Sinister 2 Focus Features $4,650,000 - 56% $18,511,602
6 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Warner Bros. $4,410,000 - 40% $34,122,000
7 Hitman: Agent 47 Fox $3,850,000 - 54% $15,270,000
8 The Gift Stx Entertainment $3,134,000 - 27% $35,960,443
9 Jurassic World Universal $3,122,280 + 230% $643,090,065
10 Ant-Man Paramount Pictures $3,054,000 - 25% $169,186,000
11 Minions Universal $2,924,480 - 24% $324,805,070
12 American Ultra Lionsgate $2,800,000 - 49% $10,488,109
  Also Opening/Notables
  We Are Your Friends WARNER BROS. $1,800,000 New $1,800,000
  Z For Zachariah Roadside Attractions $55,000 New $55,000
  The Second Mother Oscilloscope $27,750 New $27,750
  Grandma Sony Classics $308,616 + 167% $486,498
  Learning To Drive Broad Green Pictures $121,616 + 84% $213,546
  Mistress America FOX SEARCHLIGHT $430,000 + 84% $909,000
  The Fantastic Four Fox $1,715,000 - 54% $52,678,000
  Ricki And the Flash Sony $1,650,000 - 45% $23,500,000
  Diary of a Teenage Girl Sony Classics $424,984 + 149% $925,065
  Vacation WARNER BROS. $1,705,000 - 44% $55,020,000
  Trainwreck Universal $1,689,105 - 31% $105,100,620
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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