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Weekend Domestic Chart for August 28th, 2015

  MovieGross% ChangeTheatersTotal GrossDays
1 (1) Straight Outta Compton $13,243,530 -50% 3,142   $134,129,705 17
2 new War Room $11,000,000   1,135   $11,000,000 3
3 (2) Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation $8,300,000 -28% 3,095   $170,386,530 31
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Weekend Estimates: Compton Tops War Room for Third Win

August 30th, 2015

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton will win a third weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates released on Sunday, but it wonít be without a struggle. The biopic lost on Friday to War Room, a faith-based film that opened in just 1,135 theaters, and the weekend race will finish with just a couple of million dollars between the two films, with Comptonís $13.2 million edging out War Roomís $11 million. Compton now has $134 million in the bank, making it the fifth-highest-grossing biographical film after American Sniper ($350 million), Lincoln ($182 million), A Beautiful Mind ($170 million), and Catch Me if You Can ($165 million). If youíre playing the Oscars game at home already, itís worth noting that three of the four films above it received Best Picture nominations (Catch Me if You Can being the odd-one-out). More...

Friday Estimates: War Room Escapes Dog Days of Summer

August 29th, 2015

No Escape

Only one of the three new releases did well on Friday, and it was a film that many analysts thought would bomb. Despite earning the worst reviews and having the smallest theater count of the three new releases, War Room earned first place on Friday with $3.875 million. Faith-based films tend to have a higher internal multiplier than most films, because their target audience tends to show up at theaters on Sunday after church. Because of this, the film might open with a theater average above $10,000, which would give it an opening weekend of over $11 million. Thatís probably a little too optimistic, but second place with $10 million is within reach. More...

Dragon Blade Trailer

August 28th, 2015

Break Point

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Limited and VOD Releases: Race to the Top

August 28th, 2015

Turbo Kid

There are practically no films on this week's list that I think have a shot at box office success. That's not to say there are no films earning great reviews, but all of them have something that will hold them back. Most of the time, it's a simultaneous Video on Demand run. This includes Turbo Kid (Video on Demand); Z for Zachariah (Video on Demand); and Queen of Earth (Video on Demand). All could find audiences, but they will find them on the home market. More...

Contest: Give the Wheel a Spin

August 27th, 2015

Next weekend is Labor Day long weekend, which is historically the worst long weekend at the box office all year. This year, only one film, The Transporter Refueled, is opening wide, so at least it has the box office to itself. That should help it open better. It also means it is the only choice for the target film for this week's Box Office Prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for The Transporter Refueled.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a TV on DVD release. It could be either The Vampire Diaries: Season Six on Blu-ray or The Originals: Season Two on Blu-ray. I don't know what prize the winner will receive and neither will they, until it is delivered.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a Frankenprize, comprised of a previously reviewed TV on DVD full-season release. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will also win a second Frankenprize, comprised of a previously reviewed TV on DVD full-season release. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Weekend Predictions: Will the New Releases have a Friendly Reception?

August 27th, 2015

We Are Your Friends

It's the last weekend of August and there are three films being dumped into theaters this week. None are expected to earn even $10 million, but there might be a bit of a race to see which of these movies will be the best of the bad group. No Escape already opened on Wednesday, but it didn't have a great start, despite playing in just over 3,000 theaters. We Are Your Friends opens on Friday in about 2,300 theaters, but it has a shot at second place. The final wide release is War Room, which is debuting in just over 1,000 theaters. However, it is a faith-based film, so it could be a surprise hit earning close to $10 million, or it might miss the Mendoza Line. Unless one or more of these films completely blows away analysts, Straight Outta Compton will remain in first place for the third weekend in a row. This weekend last year, there were two wide releases and a limited release that nearly made the top ten. That's very similar to what it is this weekend. I think it will be relatively close, but 2015 will likely fall just shy of 2014 in the year-over-year comparison. More...

International Box Office: Genisys Reborn in China

August 27th, 2015

Terminator: Genisys

Terminator Genisys earned $26.97 million on Sunday in China. That was enough for first place in that market over the entire weekend. In fact, that was enough for first place internationally. Adding in one holdover market, and the movie made $27.4 million in 2 markets for totals of $264.0 million internationally and $353.1 million worldwide. One final note, China is already the film's biggest single market and it could save the franchise and make another installment likely. More...

Home Market Numbers: New Releases Suffer from a KISS of Death

August 26th, 2015

Scooby-Doo and KISS! Rock and Roll Mystery

The new releases for July 21st were WOW levels of bad with not a single first-run release to mention. This left holdovers on top of the combined DVD and Blu-ray chart for July 26th. The Longest Ride remained in first place with 288,000 units / $4.64 million for the week, giving it totals of 788,000 / $13.39 million after two weeks of release. It should have no trouble cracking 1 million units sold, which will keep the studio happy. More...

Contest: Sinister Six: Winning Announcement

August 26th, 2015

The winners of our Sinister Six contest were determined and the entrants with the closest predictions for Sinister 2 opening weekend were... More...

Per Theater Chart: Grandma's Road Trip to Success

August 26th, 2015


Grandma led all of the new releases, both in terms of reviews and in terms of per theater average. The film opened with $116,000 in four theaters for an average of $28,885. There was a very tight race for second place between The Quay Brothers in 35MM ($16,955 in one theater) and Learning to Drive ($16.504 in four theaters). More...

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