Compton Triumphs Over Sinister Hitman

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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.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Cj .J .R. More than 1 year ago
nice article 
Kal El More than 1 year ago
Man, that's too bad. I'm seriously interested in "American Ultra". It has a talented cast and looks to be a great blend of action and comedy.

I'm moderately interested in "Hitman: Agent 47", but I never even saw the first one so I have to rent that before I can see the sequel, and as it stands I probably won't see the sequel until DVD either.
Ron Davis More than 1 year ago
And then there's the good being done in Compton- www.justdogood.org