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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $161,197,785Details
International Box Office $40,985,196Details
Worldwide Box Office $202,182,981
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $13,784,950 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $15,842,918 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $29,627,868
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In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 307 $161,197,785
All Time International Box Office (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,817 $40,985,196
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 701-800) 744 $202,182,981
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies 32 $161,197,785
All Time International Box Office for R Movies (Rank 401-500) 492 $40,985,196
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies (Rank 101-200) 164 $202,182,981

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Production Budget:$28,000,000
Domestic Releases: August 14th, 2015 (Wide) by Universal
International Releases: August 20th, 2015 (Wide) (Slovenia)
August 21st, 2015 (Wide) (Norway)
August 26th, 2015 (Wide) (Iceland)
August 27th, 2015 (Wide) (Australia)
August 27th, 2015 (Wide) (Germany)
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Video Release: January 5th, 2016 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2379, 6/24/2015)
Running Time: 146 minutes
Comparisons: Summer, 2015
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Keywords: Biography, Music Industry, African-American, Los Angeles, 1980s, 1990s, Hip Hop and Rap, Black Urban, Gangs
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Broken Chair Flickz, New Line Cinema, Cube Vision, Crucial Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Fastest to $150m 202 $150,524,195 Sep 4, 2015 26
Labor Day (All Movies, 3-Day) 62 $8,649,190 Sep 4, 2015 24
Labor Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 171 $9,201,687 Sep 4, 2015 24
Labor Day (All Movies, 4-Day, Fri-Mon) 54 $10,845,930 Sep 4, 2015 24
Labor Day (All Movies, 4-Day, Fri-Mon, Inflation Adjusted) 94 $11,538,751 Sep 4, 2015 24
Lowest No. 1 Domestic 43 $13,133,560 Aug 28, 2015 17
Fastest to $100m 171 $103,540,140 Aug 21, 2015 9
Biggest Domestic August Weekend 6 $60,200,180 Aug 14, 2015 3
Top Based on Real Life Events Weekend Domestic 1 $60,200,180 Aug 14, 2015 3
Top Drama Weekend Domestic 11 $60,200,180 Aug 14, 2015 3
Top Dramatization Weekend Domestic 4 $60,200,180 Aug 14, 2015 3
Biggest Domestic Non-Sequel Weekend 78 $60,200,180 Aug 14, 2015 3
Top R Weekend Domestic 12 $60,200,180 Aug 14, 2015 3
Top Universal Weekend Domestic 22 $60,200,180 Aug 14, 2015 3
Fastest to $50m 146 $60,200,180 Aug 14, 2015 3
Top 2015 Theater Average 44 $21,835 Aug 14, 2015 3
Biggest Domestic August Day 10 $24,124,665 Aug 14, 2015 1
Top Based on Real Life Events Day Domestic 1 $24,124,665 Aug 14, 2015 1
Top Drama Day Domestic 25 $24,124,665 Aug 14, 2015 1
Top Dramatization Day Domestic 8 $24,124,665 Aug 14, 2015 1
Top R Day Domestic 39 $24,124,665 Aug 14, 2015 1
Top Universal Day Domestic 50 $24,124,665 Aug 14, 2015 1

Lead Ensemble Members

   Ice Cube
   Dr. Dre
   DJ Yella
   MC Ren

Supporting Cast

Paul Giamatti    Jerry Heller
Marlon Yates, Jr.    D.O.C.
R. Marcus Taylor    Suge Knight
Carra Patterson    Tomica
Elena Goode    Nicole
Keith Powers    Tyree
Joshua Brockington    Young Warren G
Sheldon A. Smith    Warren G
Lakeith Lee Stanfield    Snoop
Cleavon McClendon, III    Jinx
Aeriel Miranda    LaVetta
Lisa Renee Pitts    Verna Griffin
Angela E. Gibbs*    Doris Jackson
Bruce Beatty    Hosea Jackson
Corey Reynolds    Lonzo Williams
Tate Ellington    Bryan Turner
Rogelio Douglas, Jr.    Chuck D
Andrew Borba    Journalist
Matt Corboy    Journalist
Larry Sullivan    Journalist
Deborah Lacey    Journalist
F. Gary Gray    Greg Mack
Allen Maldonado    Tone
Demetrius Grosse    Rock
OG Blood    Michael "Compton Menace" Taylor
Ashton Sanders    Kids
Joshua Geter    Kids
Kofi Siriboe    Block Dude
Orlando Brown    Block Dude
Matthew Boylan    LAPD Crash Cop
Chic Daniel    LAPD Crash Cop
Tim Connolly    LAPD Cop
Cris D'Annunzio    Uniform Cop
Dan Wells    Uniform Cop
Justin Goslee    Doo To's Security Guard
Alex Wexo    Officer
Marcus Callender    HBO Rapper
Vaughn Wilkinson    HBO Rapper
Dean Cameron    Capitol Records Executive
Mark Thomas Holguin    Torrance Cop
Sky Soleil    Torrance Cop
Inny Clemons    Officer Rauch
Jody Burks    Big Dude
Asia'h Epperson    Felicia
Scott Endicott    Tour Bus Driver
Greg Collins    Joe Louis Police
Mark Sherman    Jimmy Lovine
Rob Brownstein    CNN Journalist
Marcc Rose    Tupac
Water L    Guy with Dog
Nigel Lawes    Chillin' Cop
William LaDawn English    Goon
Lazarus Guidry    Poor Bastard
Ariel Rogers    Goon Girl
LaFrazia D. Knighten    Suge's Pit Handler
Ashley Stepteau    Street Interviewee
Christian Brown    Street Interviewee
Ebony Randall    Street Interviewee
John Prosky    Young Doctor
Derrick L. McMillon    Ron Sweeney
A. Russell Andrews    Pastor
Le Sean Tarkington    Pastor
Rob Nagle    LAPD Westwood
Travis Nicholson    Georgia Officer
Todd Quillen    Alabama Officer
Matthew Downs    Missouri Officer
Leo Stallworth    News Reporter
Joy Benedict    News Reporter
David L. Cox    Blood
Thomas Q. Jones    Large Man
Toni Duclottni    Menage Girl
Phedra Syndelle    Menage Girl
Valerie Emanuel    Girl
Spencer Melville    Girl
Michael Walter Broomer    Bus Driver
Zee James    Tasha
Natascha Hopkins    Keisha
Simon Rhee    Korean Store Owner

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

Jonathan Herman    Screenwriter
Andrea Berloff    Screenwriter
S. Leigh Savidge    Story Creator
Alan Wenkus    Story Creator
Ice Cube    Producer
Tomica Woods-Wright    Producer
Matt Alvarez    Producer
F. Gary Gray    Producer
Scott Bernstein    Producer
Dr. Dre    Producer
Will Packer    Executive Producer
Adam Merims    Executive Producer
David Engel    Executive Producer
Bill Straus    Executive Producer
Thomas Tull    Executive Producer
Jon Jashni    Executive Producer
S. Leigh Savidge    Co-Executive Producer
Alan Wenkus    Co-Executive Producer
Ben D. Robertson    Co-Executive Producer
Lynny Warner    Co-Executive Producer
Josh Webb    Co-Executive Producer
Matthew Libatique    Director of Photography
Shane Valentino    Production Designer
Billy Fox    Editor
Michael Tronick    Editor
Joseph Trapanese    Composer
Jojo Villanueva    Music Supervisor
Kelli Jones    Costume Designer
Cindy Tolan    Casting Director
Victoria Thomas    Casting Director
Adam Merims    Unit Production Manager
Lisa Satriano    First Assistant Director
Jayson Merrill    Second Assistant Director
Gigi Causey    Production Supervisor
Robert Redd    Associate Producer
Darrell Jackson    Associate Producer
Christopher L. Brown    Art Director
Bryan Lane    Set Designer
Christopher Carlson    Set Decorator
Willie Burton    Sound Mixer
Jon Taylor    Re-recording Mixer
Frank A. Montano    Re-recording Mixer
Mark P. Stoeckinger    Supervising Sound Editor
Gregory Hedgepath    Supervising Sound Editor
Alan Rankin    Sound Editor
Tim Walston    Sound Editor
Albert Gasser    Sound Editor
Eric Rylander    Special Effects Supervisor
Eric Frazier    Special Effects Coordinator
Tom Bronson    Costume Supervisor
Debra Denson    Make up
Beverly Jo Pryor    Make up
Tena Austin    Make up
Andrea Jackson    Hairstylist
Corey Hill    Hairstylist
Roddy Stayton    Hairstylist
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret    Script Supervisor
Bernhard Kimbacher    Visual Effects Supervisor
Geoff Anderson    Visual Effects Producer

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

2015 Awards Season: Oscar Preview

February 28th, 2016

The Revenant

It’s Oscar day and, if all goes to plan, I will be live-blogging the ceremony tonight. Here is the list of nominees marked according to predictions from our readers, and my personal wishes. Nominees in Bold are the ones predicted to win by our readers (we’ll have a full rundown of the predictions at noon, after the contest ends). If I am predicting a different film, those are in Italics. Meanwhile, the nominees I want to win, but don’t think will win, are Underlined. There are a few categories where the film I really think deserves the award was not even nominated, plus a few I don’t have a real opinion on.

If you haven’t done so already, it’s not too late to enter our Oscar competition, and win all Best Picture nominees on Blu-ray or DVD. More...

2015 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Original Screenplay

February 20th, 2016


With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. The Best Original Screenplay category isn't the most lop-sided category we will highlight, but it is also not very competitive. More...

Home Market Releases for January 19th, 2016

January 20th, 2016

The Martian

It was a slow week with only a handful of significant releases. However, that was good news for me, because it allowed me review the screener that arrived late. That screener was for The Martian, which was as good as I had hoped it was and it is the Pick of the Week. It is not the only new release that was in contention for that title. Both Adventure Time - Stakes! (DVD) and All Things Must Pass (DVD or Blu-ray) were in the running. More...

2015 Awards Season: Oscars - Nominations

January 15th, 2016

The Revenant

The Oscar nominations were announced at 5:30 am Pacific time. Nothing is good that early in the morning. Worse still, this was a terrible year for snubs, especially when it comes to diversity of the nominees. The voters for the Oscars are 94% white and 77% male... but that's still more diverse than the list of nominees. The Revenant led the way with 12 nominations and it is expected to win a few of those, while it is a serious contender in most of the categories it was nominated in. More...

2015 - Awards Season: WGA - Nominations

January 6th, 2016


The Writers Guild of America nominees were announced and there are only a few surprises here. Additionally, one of these three races seems too close to call at this point. More...

2015 Awards Season: SAG Nominations

December 9th, 2015


The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced today and there are at least a few surprises to talk about. Trumbo led the way with three nominations, but there were six films with two nods apiece. Six!


International Box Office: Runner Breaks Out to an Early Lead

September 23rd, 2015

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials rose to first place with $43.3 million in 67 markets over the weekend for a total of $78.0 million internationally and $108.3 million worldwide. The film's biggest opening came from South Korea, but it only managed second place there with $5.66 million on 804 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $7.20 million. On the other hand, the film dominated the Russian box office with $4.19 million on 2,328 screens. The original movie opened stronger in Russia, but The Scorch Trials performed better in its opening in South Korea. Given these results, it is still too soon to tell how well this film will do compared to its predecessor. That said, it already has more worldwide than it cost to make. In fact, it almost has enough worldwide to pay for its entire production budget. Its advertising budget would have to be much larger than expected for it to not break even sooner rather than later. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Perfect Opening for Visit and Guy

September 15th, 2015

The Visit

Both of the two true wide releases had amazing openings this past week. Or to be more specific, amazing openings for a September release. The Perfect Guy did earn first place, but by less than half a million dollars over The Visit. Both films opened substantially above expectations. Thanks to this, the overall box office rose significantly, both compared to last week and compared to last year. The total box office was $102 million, which is 13% higher than last week. It is also 13% higher than the same weekend last year. September is already looking really good. Year-to-date, 2015 has pulled in $7.65 million putting it 5.3% ahead of last year's pace of $7.26 million. 2015 is nearly $400 million head of 2014's pace and there's not a lot of time for 2015 to blow that lead. It wouldn't be impossible, but it is getting more and more unlikely. More...

Friday Estimates: Perfect Guy and Visit Headed for Strong Debuts

September 12th, 2015

The Perfect Guy

What is traditionally the weakest weekend of the year isn’t looking too bad this morning, with The Perfect Guy and The Visit both posting solid opening day numbers on Friday. The Perfect Guy came out marginally ahead on the day, picking up an estimated $9.95 million compared to $9.22 million or so for The Visit. Both films will land over $20 million for the weekend, which is a victory at this time of year, but The Perfect Guy is expected to stretch its lead over the next couple of days. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will the New Releases have Perfect Openings?

September 10th, 2015

The Perfect Guy

There are two and a half wide releases coming out this week, led by The Perfect Guy. I think it will earn first place at the box office, but it isn't a sure thing. Up next is The Visit, which is the latest from M. Night Shyamalan. It has been a while since he had real drawing power at the box office. Finally there's 90 Minutes in Heaven, which is not expected to open truly wide, but wide enough to get into the top ten. This weekend last year was led by No Good Deed, which opened with $24.25 million. I don't think any new release will match that this year. There's a chance none of them will match Dolphin Tale 2. I'm cautiously optimistic that 2015 won't lose by a substantial amount, but if either of the two truly wide releases bomb, then the box office will be in real trouble. More...

International Box Office: Summer is Terminated

September 10th, 2015

Terminator: Genisys

Terminator: Genisys remained in first place on the international chart, but with only $11.5 million in 8 markets. This lifted its international total to $346.3 million, while it now has $435.9 million worldwide. This helped the film become the second biggest hit in the franchise, assuming you don't take inflation into account. In China, the film managed $26.67 million, but that was for the full week, giving the film a total of $111.92 million after 15 days of release. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: New Releases were Simply Resistible

September 9th, 2015

The Transporter Refueled

While first trying to come up with picture / title ideas for the weekend columns, I saw the image above and was reminded of "Simply Irresistible" by Robert Palmer. Ever since then, the song has been stuck in my head. It's been there for more than 48 hours now and I'm starting to think I will need medical help getting rid of it. The overall box office was more or less in line with Friday's expectations. A Walk in the Woods matched predictions (nearly) perfectly, while The Transporter Refueled was on the low end of expectations. Fortunately, War Room showed off strong legs leaping into first place. It was able to help the overall box office grow 3.5% to $90 million over the three-day weekend. This was 38% higher than the same weekend last year; however, this is due to a misalignment of holidays. Compared to last labor day, the box office was 18% lower. With that, the summer of 2015 is officially over and while records were broken, the overall box office was actually the second best on record, falling just short of 2013 at $4.48 billion to $4.75 billion. Year-to-date, 2015 has a 5.3% lead over 2014 at $7.53 billion to $7.15 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: War Room Stays Strong to Top Chart

September 6th, 2015

War Room

Summer, 2015 comes to a sedate finish this weekend, with The Transporter Refueled falling flat, and War Room moving to the top of the chart in its second weekend in release. The faith-based drama is expected to earn $9.3 million for the three-day portion of the weekend, comfortably clear of Straight Outta Compton’s $8.8 million in its fourth weekend. War Room will top the chart while playing in only 1,526 theaters, the fewest theaters for a number one film since the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour topped the chart from 683 theaters back in 2008 (see fewest theaters for number one movie since 2000). More...

Friday Estimates: Will Slow and Steady Win in the End?

September 5th, 2015

A Walk in the Woods

As expected, The Transporter Refueled earned first place on Friday with $2.4 million. However, bad reviews will lead to a front-loaded weekend, so it won’t last there long. I think the best comparison is The Transporter 2, which was also released on Labor Day long weekend. That film opened with $5.57 million on the Friday, and earned $16.54 million / $20.10 million after three and four days respectively. If The Transporter Refueled had the same internal multiplier, it would make $7.1 million / $8.7 million. However, The Transporter 2 also earned better reviews, so it would be best to shave a few points off, to give The Transporter Refueled just under $7 million over the three day weekend and just over $8 million including Monday. That’s a disappointing start, even for a film that wasn’t expected to do well at the box office. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will the Box Office Run Out of Gas?

September 4th, 2015

The Transporter Refueled

It's Labor Day long weekend, the weakest long weekend of the year. There are two films looking to grab spots in the top five, The Transporter Refueled and A Walk in the Woods. They will have to contend with Straight Outta Compton, but more importantly, they will have to compete with last chance outdoor activities. This weekend last year, the best new release was The Identical, which is one of the biggest bombs of all time. We won't have a repeat of that this year, so hopefully fall can start on a winning note. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Compton Wins the War over the New Releases

August 31st, 2015

War Room

August is over and the number one film over the full month remained in first place for the third weekend in a row. Only one of the three new releases did well, War Room, as it topped the high end of exceptions. The other two wide releases bombed, in the case of No Escape, and bombed hard, in the case of We Are Your Friends. The overall box office plummeted 17% to just $88 million over the weekend. That's so low that I double-checked the numbers. Granted, there are likely a few limited releases that we don't have weekend numbers for yet, so this number isn't final. However, even the final number won't be that much higher than this, certainly not high enough to make a real difference. This was also 21% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2015 is still ahead of 2014 by nearly $400 million at $7.39 billion to 7.00 billion, so this slump isn't terrible news. However, I would really like it to end sooner rather than later. More...

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 won’t 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 Compton’s $13.2 million edging out War Room’s $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 you’re playing the Oscars game at home already, it’s 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. That’s probably a little too optimistic, but second place with $10 million is within reach. 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...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office Assassinated

August 25th, 2015

Hitman: Agent 47

It was an ugly weekend, for the most part. Straight Outta Compton fell about as fast as expected, but that was more than enough to dominate the new releases and push it past an important milestone. On the other hand, the biggest new release, Sinister 2, only managed third place, while the less said about Hitman: Agent 47 and American Ultra, the better. Overall, the box office fell 27% to $107 million. Like I said on Friday, summer is most definitely over. Worse still, this figure is 7.3% lower than the same weekend last year. Had all three new releases matched expectations, the box office would have practically matched last year's pace. Year-to-date, 2015 has pulled in $7.26 billion, which is 5.3% head of 2014's running tally of $6.90 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: Compton Brushes Off Newcomers

August 23rd, 2015

Straight Outta Compton

As expected, Straight Outta Compton is continuing to dominate at the box office this weekend, with a second weekend of $26.76 million and a total of $111.5 million projected by Universal on Sunday morning. In fact, Compton is so dominant that the music biopic will earn more than the combined grosses of all three debutants. Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation’s fourth-weekend $11.7 million will be enough for second place. More...

Friday Estimates: Sinister Starts Strong, but Can't Save Summer

August 22nd, 2015

Sinister 2

As expected, Sinister 2 was the best of the new releases, earning $4.7 million on Friday. This is “strong” in the loosest sense of the word. The horror sequel had an opening day that was 37% lower than the first film’s and it is only going to get worse. Sequels tend to be more front-loaded than original films and the reviews will scare away moviegoers for the rest of the weekend. Worst case scenario has the film earning less than $10 million this weekend and even the best case scenario is just $12 million. The lower end seems more likely, so look for between $10 million and $11 million over the full weekend. This is more than it cost to make, on the other hand, so the studio might still recoup its total budget sometime on the home market. More...

Weekend Predictions: Summer's Over. Oh boy, is Summer Over!

August 21st, 2015

Sinister 2

After last week's reprieve, summer truly ends this week. There are three wide releases coming out, none of which are expected to become even midlevel hits. Also, none of them are earning overall positive reviews. The biggest movie is Sinister 2, which is expected to do well enough to earn a profit, mostly thanks to its very low production budget. American Ultra is the best in terms of Tomatometer Score—by a huge margin. However, it is still earning less than 50% positive reviews by a large margin. The biggest movie in terms of production budget is Hitman: Agent 47, which is bad news for the studio, because it is not expected to do well. In fact, there's almost no chance any of the three new releases will top Straight Outta Compton this weekend. There's a small chance that their combined openings won't top Straight Outta Compton. There is some good news. This weekend last year, there were no movies that earned more than $20 million, which is the absolute low end of Straight Outta Compton's range. On the other hand, If I Stay was the best new release with $15.68 million. That's more than any of the wide releases this year will earn and it only managed third place last year. I think 2015 will win with ease at the top of the chart, but 2014 might have better depth, keeping it ahead in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Contest: Once Bitten: Winning Announcement

August 20th, 2015

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Per Theater Chart: Mistress's Opening is American Dream Come True

August 19th, 2015

Mistress America

We are inching towards Awards Season and the number one film on this week's per theater chart is a potential Awards Season player. That film, Mistress America, earned an average of $23,302 in four theaters. That's more than enough to suggest it will expand, but not enough to suggest it will expand truly wide, or even semi-wide. Second place went to the overall number one film, Straight Outta Compton, with an average of $21,835. Meru was well back with an average of $13,040 in seven theaters. Assassination saw its average rise to $10,111 in 29 theaters. It is very rare for films to have their averages rise week-to-week. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Compton Makes the Competition Cry U.N.C.L.E.

August 18th, 2015

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Straight Outta Compton destroyed expectations earning even more than the outlier prediction I saw. Sadly, our predictions for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. turned out to be too optimistic, but overall the box office was still very strong. In fact, it grew 12% from last week to $148 million. Growth like that almost never happens at this time of year. Compared to last year, the box office was also strong, albeit by a smaller 3.7% margin. That said, a win is a win and worth celebrating, especially after a couple of strong declines. Year-to-date, 2015 maintains a strong lead over 2014 at $7.09 billion to $6.73 billion. A 5.4% lead year-over-year is a great margin for this time of year and it would take a really serious collapse to put that lead at risk. I don't think that's going to happen. In fact, there are three potential $1 billion hits yet to open in theaters, which is actually better than it was last year. Add in the number of potential $100 million hits and the lead could grow through till the end of the year. More...

Weekend Estimates: Straight Into the Record Books

August 16th, 2015

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton is smashing all sorts of records this weekend, as Universal’s miracle year continues. The studio is already enjoying its best year ever, and will pass $2 billion at the domestic box office this weekend, becoming the second studio to ever hit the mark, after Warner Bros.’ $2.1 billion year in 2009. Universal’s achievement is even more remarkable given they’ve only had 14 movies playing this year, compared to Warner’s 36 in 2009. More...

Friday Estimates: Outta Compton, Into the Record Book

August 15th, 2015

Straight Outta Compton

Friday’s estimates are in and, not to put too fine a point on it, Straight Outta Compton destroyed predictions. In my defense, with Fantastic Four bombing, it looked like summer was over. It is very rare for the box office to rebound this time of year, but that’s exactly what happened. Straight Outta Compton earned $24.2 million on Friday night. Not only is this the biggest opening day for a musical biopic, it tops the previous record-holder’s opening weekend. (Walk the Line earned $22.35 million during its opening weekend back in 2005.) Since the film has broken records, it is a little hard to predict where it will be by the end of the weekend. The big opening day could mean a huge opening weekend. Or it could be the result of an extreme Fanboy Effect. Worst case scenario has the film making less over the rest of the weekend than it did during its opening day. This isn’t common, but it has happened before. That would still result in a $48 million opening weekend. On the higher end, its reviews could translate into long legs and an opening weekend of more than $65 million. If the weekend is below $55 million, then the Fanboy effect was bigger than its reviews. Anything above $60 million and the reverse is true. I'm going to go with $53 million, but as I said, this is a record-breaking opening day, so we are in untested territory. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Compton Go Straight to the Top?

August 14th, 2015

Straight Outta Compton

It appears summer is over, but a strong showing from Straight Outta Compton and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. could mitigate that decline. Both are earning good reviews, which is unusual for this time of year. On the other hand, it is late in August, so neither are expected to be monster hits. Straight Outta Compton has a chance to turn its amazing reviews into long legs, so it could be a surprise $100 million hit. Even so, it won't open explosively. This weekend last year, the best new release was Let's Be Cops, which only managed $17.81 million. I think both new releases will top that by a serious margin. However, the best results from this weekend last year were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy. I think 2014 has an advantage over 2015 in the year-over-year comparison, but I think things will be closer than they were the past two weeks. More...

Contest: KISS of an Angel: Winning Announcement

August 12th, 2015

The winners of our KISS of an Angel contest were determined and the entrants with the closest predictions for Fantastic Four opening weekend were... More...

Contest: Once Bitten

August 7th, 2015

There are three wide releases next week, well, two and a half, as Underdogs might not open truly wide. As for the other two, Straight Outta Compton is the heavy favorite over The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Because of this, Straight Outta Compton is the only real 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 Straight Outta Compton.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of Shark Week: Dominating the Deep on DVD. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a copy of Fast N' Loud: Speed Demons on DVD. 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 copy of Very Fairy Princess…and more imaginative tales on DVD. (I couldn't find it on Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2015 Preview: August

August 1st, 2015

Fantastic Four

It is still a little too soon to tell how July will finish, as we don't have any numbers for the final weekend at the time of writing. We know Minions was a monster hit and that Ant-man will be a financial success. However, until we see how Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation does, it will be impossible to call the month a true success. If Rogue Nation bombed this weekend, then the month is only a partial success. It would also mean the summer of 2015 could be coming to an abrupt end. As for August, only Fantastic Four has a better than 50/50 chance of reaching $100 million; although some people think Straight Outta Compton also has a shot at that milestone. Besides those two, only a couple of other films even have a realistic shot at becoming midlevel hits. Worse still, last August was amazing with Guardians of the Galaxy breaking records. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also did better than expected with a domestic haul of nearly $200 million. No release this August is going to match that figure. There's a good chance the top two releases combined won't do so. Fortunately, 2015 has a sizable lead over 2014, so even a soft month will keep 2015 ahead in the year-over-year comparison. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/08/14 1 $60,200,180   2,757 $21,835   $60,200,180 1
2015/08/21 1 $26,364,020 -56% 3,025 $8,715   $111,087,490 2
2015/08/28 1 $13,133,560 -50% 3,142 $4,180   $134,019,735 3
2015/09/04 2 $8,649,190 -34% 3,094 $2,795   $147,584,895 4
2015/09/11 6 $3,923,895 -55% 2,812 $1,395   $155,546,495 5
2015/09/18 9 $1,907,980 -51% 1,938 $985   $158,859,240 6
2015/09/25 16 $679,085 -64% 609 $1,115   $160,227,215 7
2015/10/02 22 $247,325 -64% 281 $880   $160,675,745 8
2015/10/09 31 $135,125 -45% 170 $795   $160,902,085 9
2015/10/16 37 $71,140 -47% 113 $630   $161,029,270 10

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/08/14 1 $24,124,665   2,757 $8,750   $24,124,665 1
2015/08/15 1 $19,299,170 -20% 2,757 $7,000   $43,423,835 2
2015/08/16 1 $16,776,345 -13% 2,757 $6,085   $60,200,180 3
2015/08/17 1 $7,458,960 -56% 2,757 $2,705   $67,659,140 4
2015/08/18 1 $7,277,190 -2% 2,757 $2,640   $74,936,330 5
2015/08/19 1 $5,237,120 -28% 2,757 $1,900   $80,173,450 6
2015/08/20 1 $4,550,020 -13% 2,757 $1,650   $84,723,470 7
2015/08/21 1 $8,274,120 +82% 3,025 $2,735   $92,997,590 8
2015/08/22 1 $10,542,550 +27% 3,025 $3,485   $103,540,140 9
2015/08/23 1 $7,547,350 -28% 3,025 $2,495   $111,087,490 10
2015/08/24 1 $2,720,990 -64% 3,025 $900   $113,808,480 11
2015/08/25 1 $3,040,550 +12% 3,025 $1,005   $116,849,030 12
2015/08/26 1 $2,100,925 -31% 3,025 $695   $118,949,955 13
2015/08/27 1 $1,936,220 -8% 3,025 $640   $120,886,175 14
2015/08/28 2 $3,864,660 +100% 3,142 $1,230   $124,750,835 15
2015/08/29 1 $5,561,340 +44% 3,142 $1,770   $130,312,175 16
2015/08/30 1 $3,707,560 -33% 3,142 $1,180   $134,019,735 17
2015/08/31 1 $1,335,350 -64% 3,142 $425   $135,355,085 18
2015/09/01 1 $1,490,950 +12% 3,142 $475   $136,846,035 19
2015/09/02 2 $1,083,990 -27% 3,142 $345   $137,930,025 20
2015/09/03 1 $1,005,680 -7% 3,142 $320   $138,935,705 21
2015/09/04 3 $2,228,355 +122% 3,094 $720   $141,164,060 22
2015/09/05 2 $3,172,040 +42% 3,094 $1,025   $144,336,100 23
2015/09/06 2 $3,248,795 +2% 3,094 $1,050   $147,584,895 24
2015/09/07 3 $2,196,740 -32% 3,094 $710   $149,781,635 25
2015/09/08 3 $742,560 -66% 3,094 $240   $150,524,195 26
2015/09/09 3 $572,390 -23% 3,094 $185   $151,096,585 27
2015/09/10 3 $526,015 -8% 3,094 $170   $151,622,600 28
2015/09/11 5 $1,195,505 +127% 2,812 $425   $152,818,105 29
2015/09/12 5 $1,771,880 +48% 2,812 $630   $154,589,985 30
2015/09/13 5 $956,510 -46% 2,812 $340   $155,546,495 31
2015/09/14 5 $351,500 -63% 2,812 $125   $155,897,995 32
2015/09/15 5 $450,080 +28% 2,812 $160   $156,348,075 33
2015/09/16 5 $323,390 -28% 2,812 $115   $156,671,465 34
2015/09/17 5 $279,795 -13% 2,812 $100   $156,951,260 35
2015/09/18 10 $571,710 +104% 1,938 $295   $157,522,970 36
2015/09/19 9 $881,790 +54% 1,938 $455   $158,404,760 37
2015/09/20 10 $454,480 -48% 1,938 $235   $158,859,240 38
2015/09/21 9 $174,420 -62% 1,938 $90   $159,033,660 39
2015/09/22 9 $204,450 +17% 1,938 $105   $159,238,110 40
2015/09/23 9 $163,770 -20% 1,938 $85   $159,401,880 41
2015/09/24 10 $146,250 -11% 1,938 $75   $159,548,130 42
2015/09/25 - $198,050 +35% 609 $325   $159,746,180 43
2015/09/26 - $313,775 +58% 609 $515   $160,059,955 44
2015/09/27 - $146,085 -53% 609 $240   $160,206,040 45
2015/09/28 - $57,855 -60% 609 $95   $160,263,895 46
2015/09/29 - $66,990 +16% 609 $110   $160,330,885 47
2015/09/30 - $54,905 -18% 609 $90   $160,385,790 48
2015/10/01 - $42,630 -22% 609 $70   $160,428,420 49
2015/10/02 - $73,105 +71% 281 $260   $160,501,525 50
2015/10/03 - $112,400 +54% 281 $400   $160,613,925 51
2015/10/04 - $61,820 -45% 281 $220   $160,675,745 52
2015/10/05 15 $23,885 -61% 281 $85   $160,699,630 53
2015/10/06 - $25,290 +6% 281 $90   $160,724,920 54
2015/10/07 - $21,075 -17% 281 $75   $160,745,995 55
2015/10/08 - $20,965 -1% 281 $75   $160,766,960 56
2015/10/09 - $37,450 +79% 170 $220   $160,804,410 57
2015/10/10 - $61,155 +63% 170 $360   $160,865,565 58
2015/10/11 - $36,520 -40% 170 $215   $160,902,085 59
2015/10/12 - $19,550 -46% 170 $115   $160,921,635 60
2015/10/13 - $13,545 -31% 170 $80   $160,935,180 61
2015/10/14 - $12,750 -6% 170 $75   $160,947,930 62
2015/10/15 - $10,200 -20% 170 $60   $160,958,130 63
2015/10/16 - $19,775 +94% 113 $175   $160,977,905 64
2015/10/17 - $32,770 +66% 113 $290   $161,010,675 65
2015/10/18 - $18,595 -43% 113 $165   $161,029,270 66
2015/10/19 - $6,215 -67% 113 $55   $161,035,485 67
2015/10/20 - $7,910 +27% 113 $70   $161,043,395 68
2015/10/21 - $7,905 n/c 113 $70   $161,051,300 69
2015/10/22 - $7,385 -7% 113 $65   $161,058,685 70

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/08/14 1 $84,723,470   2,757 $30,730   $84,723,470 1
2015/08/21 1 $36,162,705 -57% 3,025 $11,955   $120,886,175 2
2015/08/28 1 $18,049,530 -50% 3,142 $5,745   $138,935,705 3
2015/09/04 3 $12,686,895 -30% 3,094 $4,100   $151,622,600 4
2015/09/11 6 $5,328,660 -58% 2,812 $1,895   $156,951,260 5
2015/09/18 9 $2,596,870 -51% 1,938 $1,340   $159,548,130 6
2015/09/25 16 $880,290 -66% 609 $1,445   $160,428,420 7
2015/10/02 21 $338,540 -62% 281 $1,205   $160,766,960 8
2015/10/09 28 $191,170 -44% 170 $1,125   $160,958,130 9
2015/10/16 39 $100,555 -47% 113 $890   $161,058,685 10

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 8/27/2015 $1,988 124 326 1450 $8,469,320 6/9/2016
Austria 8/28/2015 $65,485 22 23 119 $246,936 10/22/2015
Belgium 9/16/2015 $109,335 21 21 81 $287,851 10/22/2015
Brazil 10/29/2015 $43,461 67 67 109 $92,167 12/1/2015
Croatia 9/17/2015 $7,238 10 10 40 $26,346 12/16/2015
Czech Republic 9/17/2015 $13,442 16 16 64 $44,395 10/28/2015
Denmark 9/24/2015 $183,541 10 10 29 $257,431 10/28/2015
Estonia 10/2/2015 $17,338 12 12 22 $32,860 10/13/2015
Finland 10/2/2015 $95,235 34 35 138 $321,823 12/8/2015
France 9/16/2015 $1,314,240 283 283 1269 $4,552,244 11/3/2015
Germany 8/27/2015 $1,789,056 440 440 1886 $5,355,376 12/8/2015
Iceland 8/26/2015 $0 0 4 8 $119,607 9/30/2015
Iraq 10/8/2015 $709 2 2 2 $711 10/13/2015
Israel 9/3/2015 $41,332 11 11 41 $161,261 11/3/2015
Italy 10/1/2015 $388,138 185 185 264 $682,525 12/8/2015
Japan 12/19/2015 $33,003 2 39 57 $918,399 6/9/2016
Lebanon 10/1/2015 $3,910 5 5 5 $3,911 10/6/2015
Mexico 10/9/2015 $187,943 0 243 300 $383,058 6/9/2016
Netherlands 9/3/2015 $293,800 49 51 246 $1,014,437 11/18/2015
New Zealand 9/3/2015 $331,289 65 73 271 $763,195 11/11/2015
Norway 8/21/2015 $94,430 9 37 120 $487,470 10/28/2015
Oman 10/1/2015 $932 1 1 1 $932 10/6/2015
Philippines 9/30/2015 $7,966 5 5 6 $10,088 10/15/2015
Poland 9/4/2015 $99,694 82 82 211 $256,640 10/22/2015
Russia (CIS) 11/12/2015 $76,112 150 150 296 $148,541 12/1/2015
Singapore 10/8/2015 $20,387 7 7 20 $37,087 12/1/2015
Slovakia 9/17/2015 $16,916 17 17 34 $31,342 9/30/2015
Slovenia 8/20/2015 $12,823 10 10 39 $52,059 9/23/2015
South Africa 10/2/2015 $65,213 82 82 211 $180,782 11/18/2015
South Korea 9/10/2015 $155,811 0 30 78 $349,957 11/3/2015
Spain 11/13/2015 $90,972 50 50 96 $206,870 6/9/2016
Sweden 9/11/2015 $274,115 61 61 169 $611,958 10/28/2015
Switzerland 8/27/2015 $290,440 44 62 279 $1,225,467 11/3/2015
Taiwan 10/30/2015 $99,217 25 26 77 $252,802 11/25/2015
Thailand 10/22/2015 $8,194 3 3 6 $15,759 11/3/2015
United Arab Emirates 10/1/2015 $55,935 20 20 24 $87,610 10/20/2015
United Kingdom 8/28/2015 $3,837,528 429 456 2144 $12,596,399 6/9/2016
Uruguay 11/5/2015 $418 2 2 2 $418 11/10/2015
Rest of World $699,162
International Total$40,985,196 6/9/2016

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/24/20161301,327 301,327$5,140,639$5,140,6393
1/31/20165101,940-66% 403,267$1,731,961$6,872,5994
2/7/2016472,333-29% 475,600$1,228,938$8,101,5375
2/14/2016482,082+13% 557,682$1,394,573$9,496,1106
2/21/2016553,778-34% 611,460$913,688$10,409,7987
2/28/20161125,763-52% 637,223$437,713$10,847,5128
3/6/20162514,632-43% 651,855$255,328$11,102,8409
3/13/20162916,189+11% 668,044$290,754$11,393,59410
6/19/20162315,165 747,552$151,043$12,552,43124
6/26/20161718,661+23% 766,213$186,423$12,738,85525
7/3/20162414,423-23% 780,636$178,268$12,917,12326
7/10/20162419,760+37% 800,396$256,090$13,173,21327

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/24/20161406,112 406,112$8,105,996$8,105,9963
1/31/20162115,136-72% 521,248$2,298,116$10,404,1124
2/7/2016650,265-56% 571,513$1,000,281$11,404,3935
2/14/2016654,723+9% 626,236$1,088,980$12,493,3736
2/21/2016538,658-29% 664,894$771,234$13,264,6077
2/28/2016917,875-54% 682,770$356,788$13,621,3958
3/6/20161413,053-27% 695,822$260,534$13,881,9299
3/13/20161312,445-5% 708,267$248,409$14,130,33810
5/22/2016168,392 744,389$135,283$14,712,63720
6/19/20161313,789 765,773$145,752$14,938,66824
6/26/20161412,007-13% 777,780$149,242$15,087,91025
7/10/20161910,545 796,282$130,966$15,331,31127

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