Weekend Wrap-Up

Perfect Guy, The Visit Prop Up September Box Office

By John Hamann

September 13, 2015

No, really. This pantry is just really a very comfortable place to hang out.

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is fifth, as it also sees some fatigue after being in play for seven weekends. The Tom Cruise flick grabbed another $4.2 million this weekend, declining 43%. Rogue Nation has earned $188.2 million so far, and will be a long shot to overtake Ghost Protocol’s $209 million; however, a very strong debut in China keeps propelling this one overseas.

Sixth goes to Straight Outta Compton, which starts to lose significant steam in its fifth weekend due to competition and amount of time in the marketplace. Compton earned another $4.1 million and fell 53%, likely due to the appearance of The Perfect Guy in top spot and the loss of a couple of hundred screens. The Universal release has brought its total up to a massive $155.7 million against a budget of only $28 million and has added another $20 million from overseas audiences.

Owen Wilson’s No Escape slips to seventh this weekend and is a film that has made little impact on the box office. No Escape earned $2.9 million in its third frame, a decline of 47%. That brings the total up to $24.2 million for the $5 million Weinstein pickup, which makes it a good September investment.

Eighth place goes to last weekend's holdover The Transporter Refueled, which declined a massive 63% on its way down to a $2.7 million weekend. This Luc Besson production will have to hope for overseas revenue to carry the way, as it has tallied just $13.3 million so far from domestic venues and is on its way out already.


90 Minutes in Heaven is certainly no War Room, as this faith-based release earned only $2.2 million in its opening weekend. Released by the Samuel Goldwyn Company, this one didn’t make the inroads into the Sunday crowds that it needed to, but was another low-budget Christian release with a cost of only $5 million.

Finally in tenth is the Pantelion Spanish-language release Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos, as the animated film manages a second weekend in the top 10. Its $1.9 million total allows it to finish just ahead of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (at least until actual numbers are released), but dropped a pretty significant 45%. The film has to be considered a win, as it has earned $6.7 million so far as it targets a very specific demographic.

Overall, the box office perked up a bit versus last weekend’s top 12 ($65.9 million) but certainly doesn’t blow anything up. This weekend’s top 12 came in at $85.8 million, which compares favorable to 2014, when the top 12 earned $77.8 million, led by No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2.

Next weekend the hit parade from Film Festivals around the world begins, as Johnny Depp’s well reviewed Black Mass hits screens and could do decent business. It is joined by The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the out-of-nowhere September hit from 2014, which earned $100 million domestically and $340 million worldwide. Captive, with Fantastic Four’s Kate Mara and Selma’s David Oyelowo, and Everest, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin, open in nationwide release. With all of this product and another strong weekend looming afterward, it could be an interesting end to one of the slowest moviegoing months of the year.

Top Weekend Box Office for 9/11/15-9/13/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Perfect Guy Sony $26,700,000 New $26,700,000
2 The Visit Universal $25,687,530 New $25,687,530
3 War Room Sony $7,400,000 - 22% $39,190,000
4 A Walk in the Woods $4,620,099 - 44% $19,877,024
5 Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation Paramount $4,150,000 - 43% $188,173,000
6 Straight Outta Compton Universal $4,091,460 - 53% $155,714,060
7 No Escape Weinstein Co. $2,879,000 - 47% $24,155,935
8 Transporter: Refueled Europacorp $2,700,000 - 63% $13,343,496
9 90 Minutes In Heaven Samuel Goldwyn $2,160,911 New $2,160,911
10 Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos Lionsgate $1,900,000 - 45% $6,667,352
11 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Warner Bros. $1,875,000 - 46% $43,105,000
12 Ant-Man Paramount Pictures $1,613,000 - 44% $176,141,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Wolf Totem Sony $120,000 New $120,000
  Sleeping With Other People IFC Films $100,000 New $100,000
  Goodnight Mommy Radius/TWC $60,000 New $60,000
  Coming Home Sony Classics $36,000 New $36,000
  A Brilliant Young Mind Samuel Goldwyn $36,000 New $36,000
  Pual Taylor: Creative Domain Resident Artist $8,150 New $8,150
  Steve Jobs: the Man In the Machine Magnolia $95,000 - 32% $320,000
  Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Pbs Distribution $39,865 + 97% $86,167
  Grandma Sony Classics $738,617 + 56% $2,060,076
  Learning To Drive Broad Green Pictures $758,153 + 111% $1,599,263
  The Gift Stx Entertainment $1,432,000 - 46% $42,421,737
  Minions Universal $1,561,225 - 47% $331,634,420
  Inside Out Disney $1,464,000 - 55% $351,461,000
  Jurassic World Universal $1,204,070 - 55% $648,932,265
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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