“Straight Outta Compton” and “Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation” held off three critically panned newcomers to finish 1-2 in theaters for a second straight weekend, according to industry figures reported Monday by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo. The N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” easily stayed atop the weekend box office, grossing $26.3 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday for an impressive total of $111 million since opening Aug. 14. Action spy sequel “Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation,” starring Tom Cruise, remained at No. 2 in its fourth weekend, grossing $11.4 million for a total of $157.5 million since opening July 31.
Horror sequel “Sinister 2” debuted at No. 3 with $10.5 million, well shy of the $18 million opening of the original “Sinister” in 2012. Only 12 percent of reviews were positive and 43 percent of moviegoers liked “Sinister 2,” according to movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “has a few ingredients that will be familiar to fans of the original. Unfortunately, in this slapdash second installment, none of them are scary anymore.”
Action crime sequel “Hitman: Agent 47” debuted at No. 4 with $8.3 million, also well short of the $13.1 million opening of the original “Hitman” in 2007. A dismal 7 percent of reviews were positive and 54 percent of moviegoers liked “Agent 47,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “fails to clear the low bar set by its predecessor, forsaking thrilling action in favor of a sleekly hollow mélange of dull violence and product placement.”
Spy adventure “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” dropped two spots to No. 5 in its second weekend, grossing $7.3 million for a total of $26.5 million since opening Aug. 14.
The weekend’s other new release, action comedy “America Ultra,” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, debuted at No. 6 with $5.4 million. Only 45 percent of reviews were positive and 59 percent of moviegoers liked “American Ultra,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “has some interesting ideas, but like its stoned protagonist, it’s too easily distracted to live up to its true potential.”
Three new films open nationwide in theaters this week.
On Wednesday, Aug. 26, R-rated action thriller “No Escape,” starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan, debuts. It’s about an American family living overseas that is caught in the middle of a coup and frantically looks to escape a place where foreigners are being executed.
On Friday, Aug. 28, the R-rated romantic music drama “We Are Your Friends,” starring Zac Efron, opens. It’s about an aspiring DJ trying to find fame and fortune while caught between a forbidden romance and the expectations of his friends. Also on Friday, the PG-rated inspirational drama “War Room” debuts. It’s about a family who finds faith with guidance from a older and wiser woman.