The summer movie season is coming to a close, but it appears it had at least one more surprise up its sleeve before it sails off into the sunset.
1. Straight Outta Compton
The biographical film of the rap group N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton – had a massive weekend with $56M, easily beating the early projections. This marks the best opening ever for a musical biopic, and it even more remarkable as it’s a drama in the always action heavy summer. With an estimated budget of $28M, this is easily going to hit the profit range and is yet another feather in Universal’s cap of its already spectacular year.
2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth installment in the series, held fairly strong in its third weekend to take in $17M. This brings it to $138.4M domestically off of its $150 million dollar budget. Globally the film now stands at $373.43M. A sixth installment in the series has already been confirmed.
3. Man From U.N.C.L.E.
In a super odd coincidence, and something a lot of people forget, Mission: Impossible was a spy show in the 1960s, and low and behold its competition this weekend at the box office was another show of that genre from the same era, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The latter of the two didn’t have the best opening weekend, however, and took in only $13.5M off of an estimated $84M budget. Its prospects don’t look too good.
4. Fantastic Four
Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four is not doing well in the least. As we’ve stated before, a decline in the second week of more than 50 percent is never a good sign unless you had a massive opening weekend. Fantastic Four did not and it dropped a whopping 68.9 percent to take in just $8M. This brings it to $41.96M in the U.S. and $102M across the globe. With an estimated budget of $120M, things are not looking good.
5. The Gift
The Gift rounded out the top five with $6.5M and that brings it to $23.5M off of a $5M budget. Not bad at all.