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Weekend Wrap-Up for September 4-6, 2015

War Room, Compton Battle Continues over Labor Day Frame

By John Hamann

September 6, 2015

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No Escape is sixth this weekend, down sharply from its $8.8 million debut last weekend. The Owen Wilson action film earned $5.4 million in weekend two and fell 33% compared to the opening. Despite the low scores, No Escape will be a good pickup for The Weinstein Company, as this one cost the company only $5 million to distribute in North America, along with those dreaded marketing costs. With a gross to date of $18.4 million, and an expectation for a $25 million finish, this shouldn’t end up as an ugly result for the distributor.

The rest of the top ten is ugly, as they all belong to the $4 million and under club. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. finishes seventh, as it has struggled since opening weekend. U.N.C.L.E. earned another $3.44 million, down 22% compared to last weekend. The $75 million Warner Bros. release has earned $39.4 million domestically, and has almost $50 million from overseas venues.

Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos is eighth and is another foreign language success story, after some strong Indian titles were released earlier this summer. This is the first Mexican animated release to the United States, and it should be profitable given its $3.4 million opening here. Its Mexican debut was $3.4 million in US dollars, and it cost only $5.3 million to make.




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Sinister 2 is ninth, and has certainly not found the same success the original did. The Focus horror flick took in $3.38 million this weekend – off 28% compared to last weekend – and has a gross to date of $23.7 million. Sinister 2 cost $10 million to make, so it will need some help overseas to get to profitability.

Inside Out rises from the dead to finish 10th, as Disney adds 2,200 screens back into the run. The move worked somewhat, as Inside Out earned $3.1 million – up 133% compared to last weekend, but still finishes with a venue average of $1,060. It is firmly entrenched as Pixar’s second biggest film ever – behind only Toy Story 3 – with a domestic gross to date of $348.2 million, and a worldwide cume beyond $700 million.

Overall, grosses are low, but that is to be expected. The top 12 films earned only $64.3 million, which is actually a little better than last year when the 12 earned only $51.5 million. Next weekend, things may change, or have to change, as we at least get three releases with a pulse. M Night Shyamalan opens The Visit, a film that actually has some decent word-of-mouth. Screen Gems - always successful in early September - opens a thriller called The Perfect Guy. Finally, we also have another faith-based film in 90 Minutes in Heaven.


Top Weekend Box Office for 9/4/15-9/6/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 War Room Sony $9,350,000 - 18% $24,600,000
2 Straight Outta Compton Universal $8,848,840 - 33% $147,784,545
3 A Walk in the Woods $8,168,499 New $10,200,000
4 Mission: Impossible0 Rogue Nation Paramount $7,150,000 - 12% $180,500,000
5 Transporter: Refueled Europacorp $7,130,000 New $7,130,000
6 No Escape Weinstein Co. $5,445,000 - 33% $18,446,079
7 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Warner Bros. $3,445,000 - 22% $39,379,000
8 Sinister 2 Focus Features $3,377,000 - 28% $23,716,893
9 Inside Out Disney $3,146,000 + 133% $348,200,000
10 Ant0man Disney $2,887,000 - 6% $173,200,000
11 Minions Universal $2,717,070 - 5% $328,588,530
12 The Gift Stx Entertainment $2,617,000 - 13% $39,635,012
  Also Opening/Notables
  Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Pbs Distribution $20,215 New $28,580
  We Are Your Friends WARNER BROS. $640,000 - 64% $3,160,000
  The Second Mother Oscilloscope $56,000 + 133% $92,671
  Hitman: Agent 47 Fox $2,175,000 - 49% $19,700,000
  Grandma Sony Classics $491,020 + 69% $1,063,024
  Learning To Drive Broad Green Pictures $373,015 + 201% $650,000
  Mistress America FOX SEARCHLIGHT $595,000 + 41% $1,650,000
  Diary of a Teenage Girl Sony Classics $258,926 - 34% $1,342,274
  Vacation WARNER BROS. $1,145,000 - 30% $56,652,000
  Trainwreck Universal $1,454,400 - 13% $107,134,650
  Jurassic World Universal $2,600,005 - 14% $646,643,645
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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