The rap biopic Straight Outta Compton laid the beat down on its competition for the second straight week, Easy-E’ing into the top box office spot with an estimated Ice Cube-cold $26.8 million. Compton has already snatched $111.5 million in two weekends of work, and that’s nothing to spit at.
Granted, Compton’s win came during a particularly tepid weeked at the box office. All three new releases underperformed. Compton and last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy notwithstanding, movies debuting in August are often cinematic afterthoughts, fodder that studios shovel out for folks who really just want to spend a good two hours with a tub o’ popcorn and some air conditioning.
Sinister 2 was the weekend’s biggest newcomer, and even that horror flick couldn’t possess enough fans to earn more than $10.6 million. That was only good enough for third place, lagging behind the seriously long-in-the-tooth Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($11.7 million). Who would’ve thought that Rogue Nation would still look as peppy at this stage in its cinematic life? Must be taking some lessons from its star.
Hitman: Agent 47 was taken down by audience lethargy. Admittedly, no one expected this videogame-turned-movie sequel to storm the box-office gates like the next Hunger Games flick. But an $8.1 million-weekend should guarantee that we won’t be seeing Hitman: Agent 48.
Still, Hitman did better than the other new movie predicated on a secretly manufactured assassin, American Ultra. Despite the presence of recognizable stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, Ultra was anything but, banking just $5.5 million and finishing sixth, right behind fifth-place The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ($7.4 million).
Final figures update: 1. Straight Outta Compton, $26.4 million; 2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, $11.5 million; 3. Sinister 2, $10.5 million; 4. Hitman: Agent 47, $8.3 million; 5. The Man From U.N.C.L.E., $7.3 million.