The last two weekends in August are often a dead zone for new movies, and this year is no exception. Like the past two years, three new titles opened, but their total results came in at a combined $10 million. Last year’s trio (led by “If I Stay”) managed a better but still mediocre $12.5 million.
And none of the newbies looks likely to do better than third place for the three days. The best, horror sequel “Sinister 2” (Focus) placed second for yesterday with $4.7 million, more than a third below the $7.4 start when Lionsgate released the first entry in 2012. The other new entries combined barely outgrossed that total. Placing fourth for the day, “Hitman: Agent 47” (20th Century Fox) took in just under $3.1 million, while “American Ultra,” Lionsgate’s pairing of Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, managed only $2.1 million in sixth place.
“Straight Outta Compton” (Universal) remains firmly at #1, with $8.3 million for Friday. That’s a bit more than a third of its huge opening foray last week, with the weekend projected to be down a bit over half from last weekend’s $60 million initial haul. But the number is much higher than other recent year late August second Fridays, including “The Help” ($5.8 million) and “The Butler” ($4.8 million). “Compton” has a shot of topping “The Help” (which reached $169 million; “The Butler” reached $116 million).
The Top Ten in total grossed about $28 million, down from $32 million the same Friday last year. Only five films managed as much as $2 million, compared to seven last year.
Smash sequel “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” (Paramount) placed third for the day with over $3.3 million and still looks headed for a domestic haul a little under $200 million and approaching $600 million worldwide.
Disappointing TV remake “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (Warner Bros.) came in fifth with $2.2 million. Closely bunched from seventh to tenth with grosses roughly between $1.1 to 1.3 million in order are: “The Gift” (STX), “Ant-Man” (Buena Vista), “Minions” (Universal) and “Fantastic Four” (20th Century Fox).