After smashing all expectations and opening to a whopping $60.2 million last week, “Straight Outta Compton” is on its way to another weekend at the top of the box office chart. Why?
Because this movie has strong word-of-mouth and solid reviews, Plus, these are the dog days of summer, and the three new movies hitting the multiplex today aren’t exactly award contenders.
The latest film from Blumhouse and Focus Features is “Sinister 2.” Apparently, this movie is the follow-up to a 2012 horror flick that I can’t remember. Yup, the original movie made that much of an impression on me.
From what I’ve read, the first movie starred Ethan Hawke and opened with $18 million. The sequel, which cost less than $10 million to make, will probably open in the $12 to $15 million ballpark, which may be enough for second place.
The second new movie opening today is “Hitman: Agent 47.” The first effort to transform the Hitman video game series into a film franchise starred Timothy Olyphant and opened to $13.2 million in 2007. The film didn’t exactly catch on with audiences and it finished its run with a little over $99 million worldwide.
For the long-awaited sequel, (I assume someone wants to see this stuff), Rupert Friend replaces Olyphant as the titular hitman, not that his casting is going to help matters any.
Fox’s “Hitman: Agent 47” is eyeing a debut somewhere between $10 and $12 million. If it’s on the lower end, Agent 47 could land outside the top five for the weekend.
And finally, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are reunited and it feels so good. Well, to them at least. I don’t care one way or another. But Lionsgate does care, and the studio is hoping “American Ultra” will click with general audiences, or at least with the handful of people who were fans of these two back in 2009.
Flash forward to 205 and Jesse Eisenberg is still playing Jesse Eisenberg in all his movies. And every time Kristen Stewart smiles, a puppy dies.
Now, their stoner action-comedy is expected to open in the single digits with $6 to $8 million. Even though it’s looking at a small debut, “American Ultra” can at least boast that it has the best reviews of the new releases, and its 39 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes is miles ahead of Agent 47’s 7 percent and Sinister 2’s 6 percent.
On the bright side of things, “Fantastic Four” now has company on the Rotten Tomatoes wall of shame for the month of August.