Universal Pictures has been having an incredible year at the box office this year, with three of the top five movies coming from the studio. The studio produced the year's top-grossing movie Jurassic World ($637.9 million domestic), along with Furious 7 (#3, $351 million) and Minions (#5, $312.9 million), so far, and they have another hit on their hands with Straight Outta Compton, which took in $56.1 million during its opening weekend, easily taking the top spot at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo.
The N.W.A. biopic earned an astonishing $20,348 per-screen average from 2,757 theaters, opening in nearly 1,000 theaters less than Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (3,700 theaters) and the weekend's other new release, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (3,638 theaters). Those two movies took the second and third spots at the box office, respectively, with Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation taking in $17.3 million in its third weekend, for a three-week domestic gross of $138.4 million, while The Man from U.N.C.L.E. opened in third place with a disappointing $13.5 million, with a paltry $3,720 per-screen average. Both movies are faring well with critics, with Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation scoring an impressive 93% "Fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes, with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. scoring a 67% "Fresh" rating.
If Straight Outta Compton keeps pulling in big numbers, it could end up being Universal's fourth movie to crack $300 million domestic this year. Jurassic World and Furious 7 have already cracked $1 billion worldwide, and Minions currently stands at $957 million worldwide. If it breaks $1 billion, it set yet another box office record, making it the first studio in history to have three $1 billion movies in the same calendar year. It remains to be seen if Straight Outta Compton will be able to crack $1 billion, but with this strong opening, it's certainly possible.
Already a box office disappointment, 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four dropped a massive 68.9% to take fourth place this weekend with just $8 million, earning a horrendous $1,998 per-screen average from 4,004 theaters. The superhero movie has earned just $41.9 million domestically, with an additional $60.1 million internationally for a worldwide total of $102 million. The indie thriller The Gift dropped from third place to fifth place this weekend with $6.5 million.
Rounding out the top 10 is Ant-Man ($5.5 million, $157.5 million domestic), Vacation ($5.3 million, $46.8 million domestic), Minions ($5.2 million, $312.9 million domestic), Ricki and the Flash ($4.7 million, $14.6 million) and Trainwreck ($3.7 million, $97.9 million domestic). Debuting in limited release this weekend was Mistress America, which opened with an impressive $94,000 from just theaters, with a solid $23,500 per-screen average and People, Places, Things with $31,000, earning $1,632 per-screen from 19 theaters. Paulette opened in just one theater this weekend, earning $8,000.
Next week, we'll break down four new movies coming out in wide release, Lionsgate's American Ultra, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, 20th Century Fox's video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47, starring Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto, and Focus Features' horror movie sequel Sinister 2, starring Shannyn Sossamon. Also opening in limited release is Digging for Fire, Grandma, Learning to Drive and She's Funny That Way. Which is these new releases will take the top spot at the box office next weekend? Let us know what you think, after you check out our predicted top 10 for this weekend.
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