After a busy last weekend for theaters, this one was much slower, with last weekend’s number one movie, “Straight Outta Compton”, dropping more than 50% but still taking the top spot with a respectable $26.7 million. The drama based on the true story of a group of rappers in the late 1980s had one of the biggest August opening weekends ever in its debut last week, and a sequel is already being talked about. Despite dropping so much in revenue, it still came in way ahead of the other movies this weekend; “Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation” trailed behind in second with $11.7 million.
This weekend’s new releases didn’t fare well at all. “Sinister 2” performed the best with $10.6 million, coming in third. That is not as much as its successful predecessor, which opening with around $18 million and was considered a bit of a sleeper hit. Both horror movies follow families cursed with the mark of a powerful demon. “Hitman: Agent 47” didn’t attract as many moviegoers as people thought it would either. The action film about a genetically modified assassin is based on the “Hitman” video game series, and it isn’t the first “Hitman” movie either, with one having been released way back in 2007. This second attempt doesn’t seem to be doing so well either, however; the movie opened in fourth with only $8.2 million.
Finally, “American Ultra”, the stoner comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, flopped, opening in sixth with only $5.5 million. The movie has received overwhelmingly negative reviews. But the fact that all three of these movies are rated R could also have something to do with their lack of success, as well as the fact that we have now entered one of the slowest times of the year for movies. Kids are back in school, people are going back to work, and are generally too busy to head out to the theater.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “Straight Outta Compton”: $26.7 million
2. “Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation”: $11.7 million
3. “Sinister 2”: $10.6 million
4. “Hitman: Agent 47”: $8.2 million
5. “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”: $7.2 million
6. “American Ultra”: $5.5 million
7. “The Gift”: $4.3 million
8. “Ant-Man”: $4.08 million
9. “Minions”: $3.7 million
10. “Fantastic Four”: $3.6 million
11. “Vacation”: $3.1 million
12. “Ricki and the Flash”: $2.9 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
· Wehrenberg Theatres
· AMC Theatres
· Regal Movie Theatres
· Galleria 6
· Chase Park Plaza
· Granite City
· Moolah Theatre
· Hi-Pointe Theatre
· St. Andrews Cinema
· Plaza Frontenac Cinema
· Tivoli Theatre
For more info, visit Box Office Mojo.