CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – With what is known as the dog days of summer starting at the box-office, we will start seeing smaller openings for movies. With kids getting back to school and the last vestiges of summer vacation ending, not many people are interested in going to the movies. As a result, most studios avoid releasing blockbuster films from the end of August through the end of October.
This week we have three wide release films, not one of them has a shot at beating Straight Outta Compton. Last week, Compton was able to hold up better than estimated and pulled off a $60 million opening over the weekend. With a strong opening last weekend and poor competition this weekend, Compton will pull off a repeat in the top spot. The movie will also cross $100 million by the end of Saturday.
Second place will not be so easy to guess this weekend. Horror sequel Sinister 2 currently is slotted in the second spot for Friday estimates with $4.7 million. But horror films are notorious for being frontloaded, often making as much as half of their weekend gross on thier first day. If this happens with Sinister 2, (which being a sequel it is very likely) then Mission: Impossible may finish the weekend in second place again.
Mission: Impossible has once again posted a solid hold and looks to pass the $150 million threshold by Saturday. Without much competition in the upcoming weeks, Mission: Impossible hopes to become the third movie in the franchise to top $200 million at the domestic box-office.
Hitman: Agent 47 debuted in fourth place Friday with an estimated $3 million. You have to wonder why the studio chose to release this movie immediately following the releases of Mission: Impossible and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., all of which are in the same action genre. With two higher profile action movies already in theaters, not many viewers were willing to watch the critically panned Agent 47.
The last wide release of the weekend was American Ultra which finished Friday with an estimated $2.1 million in sixth place. Surprisingly enough, Ultra was the most liked by critics of the three new releases but will most likely end up opening the lowest.
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