For the second week in a row, F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton has won the American box office, earning a total of $26.8million, which represents a 56% drop from the first week. The film was expected to top the box office (notwithstanding that there were three new movies with wide releases this weekend) and it didn’t disappoint, even doing better than most analysts had expected.
The weekend’s earnings brings the film’s total to $111.5 million, cementing F. Gary Gray’s place in the exclusive club of black directors whose films have done above a hundred million dollars. The other members of that club are Antoine Faqua, Tim Story, Keenen Ivory Wayans, John Singleton, Lee Daniels, Clark Johnson and Sidney Poitier. You could also argue for Spike Lee and Tyler Perry, but that would involve knowledge of economics which I have very little of.
For the second week in a row, Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation also came second at the box office, earning $11.4million in the US, which brings its total worldwide box office numbers to $438.5million. Not bad for a seemingly impossible mission.
Gramercy Pictures and Blumhouse Productions’ horror sequel, Sinister 2 led the pack of the new entrants, coming in third place after earning $10.6million. Hitman: Agent 47 came in fourth place with $8.2million, which is considerably lower than the 2007 version of the film did.
Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E came in fifth place with $7.4million, which bring the its total US gross to $26.6million, while the third new entrant, American Ultra earned a meager $5.5million.
Fantastic Four continued its poor run, earning $3.6million and $49.6 million total domestic gross. Although the film has endured a poor run in most parts of the world, it has done fairly well at the Nigerian box office (at least, according to our standards). In a later article, I’ll look at how the film has fared so far in Nigeria. Watch out for that.