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Weekend Box Office: Straight Outta Compton goes centuple-undecuple platinum

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Straight Outta Comptons reach continued to extend this weekend as Universal opened the N.W.A. biopic on an additional 268 screens, pulling in an additional $28.6 million and keeping the No. 1 spot in the process. That’s a total of 3,025 screens and a $111.48 million domestic haul (or what Dr. Dre calls “lunch money”) so far for Compton, which isn’t on the level of a blockbuster like Jurassic World but still far above initial expectations for the musical biopic. This is also Universal’s 13th week in a row with one of its films at No. 1, making every other studio in town the Luniz to Universal’s N.W.A. as the studio sets a new record for the highest-grossing international box-office year ever.

Meanwhile, the weekend’s three biggest new releases all floundered, with Sinister 2 underperforming at No. 3 with a less-than-terrifying $10.6 million and Hitman: Agent 47 firing blanks at No. 4 with $8.2. million. American Ultra lagged at No. 6 with $5.5 million, perhaps due to an inexplicable lack of motivation among its target audience to get up off the couch and go to the movies. Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation fared better in its fourth week, living Tom Cruise’s dream of towering above the competition at No. 2 with an $11.7 million weekend and $157.7 million overall gross so far. Then there’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which dropped from No. 3 to No. 5 with $7.4 million and, well, that’s all we have to say about that.

The week’s indie releases fared relatively better, with the well-reviewed Grandma making $121,000, which seems like nothing until you realize it opened in four theaters for a per-screen average of $30,250. (Even Compton, by comparison, pulled in $8,846 per screen.) The less-well-reviewed Learning To Drive also did pretty well with $67,000 ($16,750 per screen), half presumably from rubberneckers who paid to be outraged at the sight of Ben Kingsley in a turban, and half from know-it-alls who paid to tell those rubberneckers, “actually, his birth name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji.”


For more detailed numbers, visit Box Office Mojo.

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