‘Compton’ still on top: Straight Outta Compton Tops Box Office

Published: August 24, 2015

‘Compton’ still on top: Straight Outta Compton Tops Box Office, Despite growing dismay that “Straight Outta Compton” glosses over Dr. Dre’s history of physical abuse toward women, that Universal Pictures drama was again the No. 1 movie in North America, easily defeating three R-rated newcomers.

“Straight Outta Compton,” about the rap group N.W.A., which counted Dr. Dre as a founding member, collected an estimated $26.8 million over the weekend, for a two-week total of $111.5 million, according to Rentrak, which compiles box office data. (On Friday, Dr. Dre said in a statement, in part, “I apologize to the women I’ve hurt.”)

Among the new wide-release movies, “Sinister 2” sold a lackluster $10.6 million in tickets. The horror sequel cost Blumhouse about $9 million to make and was distributed on one of Universal’s minor labels. The first “Sinister” took in $18 million over its first weekend in 2012. The glut of R-rated options likely hurt the second one.

“Hitman: Agent 47,” which cost 20th Century Fox about $35 million to make, took in about $8.2 million. The movie, based on the Hitman video games, received dismal reviews, which may be one reason that American audiences gave it the cold shoulder. It performed better in Canada, according to Chris Aronson, Fox’s domestic distribution chief, adding that the studio is “looking to make up a lot of ground internationally.”

Extending a cold streak for R-rated comedies, “American Ultra” took in $5.5 million. Lionsgate paid $7 million for domestic rights and was aggressive in its marketing. What went wrong? Movies that mix and match genres – this one is an action film crossed with a stoner comedy – often have a difficult time. The movie’s lead actress, Kristen Stewart, has also lost much of her “Twilight” fan base, becoming known in recent years for V.O.D. art films.


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