Tom Cruise’s fifth turn as agent Ethan Hunt in Rogue Nation continues to do solid business and, due to the lackluster performances by the three newbies, it took the No. 2 spot at the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $11.7 million.
Psychological thriller The Gift slipped a couple of places to seventh with $4.3 million, but has made more than $31 million from a $5 million budget so far, which means it’s a success for first-time director Joel Edgerton. “Hit Man: Agent 47” – $8 million 5.
The “Straight Outta Compton” sequel is reportedly titled “Dogg Pound 4 Life” and picking up where N.W.A. left off, it will focus on the careers of Snoop Dogg, the late Tupac Shakur, Suge Knight, Nate Dogg, Warren G, and Tha Dogg Pound duo Kurupt and Daz Dillinger. It reunites Eisenberg with Kristen Stewart, his co-star from 2009’s “Adventureland“. That’s the fourth biggest debut for a US movie ever in China, behind Transformers 2 ($30m), Avengers 2 ($33.9m), and Furious 7 ($63m). Fellow newbie Hitman: Agent 47 could bring in $8.3 million to snag fourth. (Warner Bros.) added another $7.4 million in its second weekend (down 45%) to bring its total gross to $26.6 million. As noted earlier, the pace for a record year, and with another “Star Wars” coming out in December, how could it miss? For example, “Grandmother” starring Lily Tomlin opened to a solid $30,467 per screen and the buzz is out for her to score an Oscar nomination. The comedy is pitched at older crowds and stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson. It will expand to four additional markets next weekend. Lionsgate’s rom com “Some Kind of Beautiful” starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba woos 10 theaters including the Laemmle NoHo in North Hollywood. On track for a weekend in the high-$20 millions, “Compton” will easily cross the $100 million cumulative mark by weekend’s end.
Overall ticket sales were down roughly 7 per cent from the year-ago period when “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” were still drawing healthy crowds.