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Straight Outta Compton holds US top spot for second weekend

Straight Outta Compton

Story by Jack Foley

HIP Hop drama Straight Outta Compton has topped the US box office for a second weekend, comfortably beating several new releases, including Hitman: Agent 47 and Sinister 2.

The music biopic that chronicles the rise of iconic rap group N.W.A. took $26.8 million in its second weekend, following its surprise $60.2 million during its debut.

Compton has already passed $100 million after just two weeks of release, hitting an estimated $111.5 million through this weekend globally and furthering an incredible year for its distributor Universal, who have been credited for their smart marketing campaign.

Compton‘s second weekend win marks Universal’s 13th weekend at the top of the US box office, while both Compton and Amy Schumer R-rated comedy Trainwreck have passed the $100 million milestone.

It means that Universal now has seven titles that have passed $100 million in the US this year, which is a record.

But the news wasn’t all about Universal. Paramount also enjoyed success as Tom Cruise’s fifth turn as agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation continued to perform really well, holding onto second spot at the US box office with an estimated $11.7 million. Its US total now stands at $158 million.

Globally, Rogue Nation also came in second, earning $25.2 million from 63 territories and bringing its total haul to $438.6 million.

Paramount’s Terminator Genisys actually took the No. 1 spot internationally thanks to a whopping Chinese debut, where it earned a $27.4 million, thereby mitigating the film’s otherwise poor performance in markets like the US and the UK. It means there is still hope for another trilogy.

Back in the US, the continued success of Compton and Rogue Nation meant that the weekend’s three big new releases were left to fight for the scraps.

Sinister 2 placed third with $10.6 million but was made for a micro budget. The horror follows a mother and her two sons as they move into a rural house that’s inhabited by an evil deity. A pre-weekend forecast had put the film opening at around the $14 million mark, especially since the Ethan Hawke starring original opened to a cool $18 million.

Fox’s video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 earned an estimated $8.2 million to place fourth. Starring Homeland’s Rupert Friend, the actioner marked Fox’s second attempt at adapting the popular video game series following Timothy Olyphant’s star vehicle in 2007. That first film earned $13 million when it debuted in November that year, and went on to take in just under $100 million worldwide.

The third new release, American Ultra, a stoner action comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, debuted to just $5.5 million and was forced to settle for sixth spot, just behind Guy Ritchie’s spy film The Man From U.N.C.L.E, which earned $7.4 million for a US total so far of $26.6 million (some way below expectation).

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