Saturday Update: “Compton” Takes Off, “U.N.C.L.E” Underwhelms

Straight Outta Compton is heading straight up the billboards with a fantastic $24.2M Friday, putting it in line for a weekend of over $60M. That’s comparable to the Friday start of 8 Mile, which took in an adjuted $27M on its opening day for a weekend of $73M. While Compton will likely be more front loaded than that as it’s a summer release rather than November, it’s still a fantastic start no matter how you slice it. It also wasn’t as front loaded as originally expected, with Thursday night only making up about a fifth of the weekend, whereas many big blockbusters make a third or more of their Friday from early shows. This may also hold better than expected thanks to an excellent A on Cinemascore.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E was just a meager $10K behind Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation on Friday, though that position could easily change when the dust settles. They each took in around $4.9M on Friday, giving U.N.C.L.E a weekend in the $15M range, and Nation somewhere in the $17M range. That’s a bit disappointing for the newcomer, which seemed as though it may have been a small breakout hit for mid August among the older crowd. Word of mouth is mediocre, with only a B from Cinemascore, which doesn’t help the long range expectations.

Fantastic Four surprised absolutely no one with an atrocious $2.4M, down 79% from its previous Friday, giving it a weekend of under $7M. That’s an absolutely terrible drop that may put its total domestic gross at under $50M.

The Gift held decently, falling 53% on Friday for a take of around $2M. What’s crazy is that The Gift may end up higher than Fantastic Four for the weekend depending on how they do today and tomorrow.

Updated Predictions

  1. Straight Outta Compton – $64M
  2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E – $15.4M
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