American Ultra writer Max Landis asks “Are original movies dead?”

The film has been slammed for glossing over its members treatment of women and the blowback forced Dr. Dre to apologise for his actions.


Of the new films hitting multiplexes, “Sinister 2” performed the best of an inert bunch. Yet projections from Deadline, the Hollywood Reporter and Variety all have Sinister 2 as the top new release, with anywhere from $14-18 million.

Straight Outta Compton” will again dominate the domestic box office this weekend with early estimates Friday showing a sturdy $26 million at 3,025 locations for its second frame.

This weekend, both Compton and Universal’s comedy Trainwreck reached the $100 million milestone.

If the estimates hold, Universal/Legendary’s N.W.A biopic looks likely to take in double the closest competition – Focus/Gramercy’s launch of horror sequel “Sinister 2” with about $13.3 million at 2,766 theaters.

Hitman: Agent 47 was supposed to be a reboot of the 2007 version. American Ultra Jesse Eisenberg kicks ass – that’s basically the set up of this film. Its total domestic tally is now at $158-M. More specifically its about a stoner loser who finds he’s actually a sleeper agent who is really, really good at killing people. It reunites Eisenberg with Kristen Stewart, his co-star from 2009’s “Adventureland“. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation also topped the charts two weekends in a row beforehand, yet its second straight win was an upset over Fantastic Four.

Fox’s video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 earned an estimated $8.2 million in its debut for fourth place. The action film has earned $26.6 million domestically thus far, signaling it will have trouble recouping its $75 million production budget barring a surge in pop culture nostalgia among foreign crowds. “Even if it falls over 50% this weekend, it will still do close to $30 million – which would be a good opening weekend for a film opening in August”.


In the specialty sphere, Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin, earned $120,856 this weekend from 4 locations. The Orchard fielded Joe Swanberg’s off-beat mystery “Digging for Fire” on-demand and on three screens where it earned an estimated US$24,544. And August, 2014, saw impressive launches for “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

Some video games just aren't meant to become movies