Our Box Office Predictions from a few days back suggested a fairly quiet weekend for the end of the summer and the close of August. Still there was competition for the top spot. Would Sinister 2 or American Ultra be able to topple previous weeks’ frontrunners Straight Outta Compton and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation? Meet me after the jump for the numbers!
The thinking here at Biff Bam Pop! was that Straight Outta Compton would remain on top with Sinister 2 taking second place a bit farther behind, and Mission: Impossible hanging on to third. New releases, the much-talked-about American Ultra with Jesse Eiseberg and Kristen Stewart taking fourth, and videogame based Hitman: Agent 47 taking fifth. Let’s see how that worked out.
We were right with Straight Outta Compton on top, but second place with less money than expected for the placement but nailed on the box office was Mission: Impossible. Sinister 2 came in right behind at third, followed up by Hitman and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., possibly some good word of mouth keeping that last one in the top five.
The rest of the top ten, all with numbers in the five million dollar range and under were American Ultra, The Gift, then Ant-Man and Minions still holding on, and surprisingly the much-maligned Fantastic Four pulling up to tenth place with just over three and a half million dollar box office. Eleven and twelve were held by the here and gone Vacation and Ricki and the Flash.
So, to recap, here were the predictions:
1) Straight Outta Compton – $32 million
2) Sinister 2 – $18 million
3) Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $16 million
4) American Ultra – $9 million
5) Hitman 47: Agent 47 – $8.5 million
And here’s how the weekend actually turned out:
1) Straight Outta Compton – $27.7 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. – $7.4 million
Next weekend to officially close out the summer movie season we are getting We Are Your Friends with Zac Efron and Wes Bentley, No Escape with Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson, as well as Z for Zachariah, War Room, and The Second Mother. It seems like the torch has been passed from summer blockbusters to quieter art films for the season. We’ll see what next week brings for the box office…
What did you see this weekend?