NORTH AMERICA: Universal Sets New Yearly Box Office Record with $2.113B to Date; The Studio’s 'Straight Outta Compton' Leads Tuesday with $3.04M
on August 26, 2015
By Daniel Garris
Universal Pictures has set a new record for the highest grossing year ever for a studio at the domestic box office with a yearly take of $2.113 billion to date. That surpasses the previous record of $2.105 billion that Warner Bros. grossed for the entire calendar year of 2009. The new record for Universal is made even more impressive given that the record was set with just over four months remaining in the calendar year.
Universal's highest grossing films in 2015 to date domestically are: Jurassic World ($639.8M), Furious 7 ($352.6M), Minions ($321.1M), Pitch Perfect 2 ($183.8M), Fifty Shades of Grey ($166.2M) and Straight Outta Compton ($116.8M).
Speaking of Straight Outta Compton, the F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic continued to claim first place at the daily box office on Tuesday with $3.04 million. Straight Outta Compton has now led the daily box office for twelve consecutive days. The film was up 12 percent over Monday and down 58 percent from last Tuesday. Straight Outta Compton continues to outpace its already lofty pre-release expectations and is running an impressive 49 percent ahead of the $78.44 million twelve-day take of last year's Ride Along.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation held steady in second with $1.46 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount was up 39 percent over Monday and down 40 percent from last Tuesday. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation has grossed $160.03 million in 26 days. That places the film 37 percent ahead of the $116.77 million 26-day take of 2006's Mission: Impossible III and 6 percent ahead of the $150.66 million 26-day gross of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Focus' Sinister 2 took in $1.08 million to remain in third. The low-budget horror sequel from Gramercy and Blumhouse Productions increased 21 percent over Monday's performance. Sinister 2 is off to a softer than expected start with a five-day haul of $12.52 million. The film is running a lackluster 40 percent behind the $20.71 million five-day take of 2012's Sinister.
Warner's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was up one spot and a healthy 45 percent from Monday to claim fourth on Tuesday with $1.06 million. The Guy Ritchie directed spy comedy was down 45 percent from last Tuesday. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has grossed a soft $28.33 million in twelve days. That places the film 12 percent behind the $32.06 million twelve-day gross of last year's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Hitman: Agent 47 was down one spot to take fifth with $1.05 million. The video game based action film from Fox increased 33 percent over Monday. Hitman: Agent 47 is performing on the very low end of its modest expectations with a five-day start of $10.17 million. The film is running a disappointing 52 percent behind the $21.09 million five-day take of 2007's Hitman (which opened on a Wednesday).
Lionsgate's American Ultra claimed sixth place with $0.729 million. The action comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg was up 24 percent over Monday. American Ultra is performing below its already modest expectations with a five-day start of just $6.77 million. The film is running just behind the $6.85 million five-day take of 2009's Adventureland, which also starred Stewart and Eisenberg.