Meanwhile, American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg as a neurotic stoner named Mike who lives in a small town with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart).
Hitman: Agent 47 debuted in fourth place Friday with an estimated $3 million.
Still, “Straight Outta Compton” is expected to reign over the box office throne for a second weekend in a row, as analysts are projecting another $30 million to add to its $80.2 million domestic haul since opening.
Rogue Nation also took the # 2 spot internationally, earning $25.2-M from 63 territories this weekend. Plus, many schools are already in session again, which can put a damper on attendance. Earlier this summer Gramercy/Focus/Blumhouse’s Insidious: Chapter 3 raked in $1.55M in Thursday night previews on its way to a $22.7M FSS. Directed by Ciaran Foy, produced by Jason Blum and Scott Derrickson, and executive produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, the film is about a mother who moves into a haunted house with her two twin sons.
Fox’s “Hitman: Agent 47“, a second attempt to transform a popular video game series into a successful film one, hit a speed bump, earning a meager $8.2 million across 3,261 locations. The video game series is getting a reboot titled Hitman, which will be a digital-first release and is planned to be released in episodic format over the next year. The action film has earned US$26.6 million domestically thus far, signaling it will have trouble recouping its US$75 million production budget barring a surge in pop culture nostalgia among foreign crowds.
This weekend’s final wide release, American Ultra, wasn’t able to to find any fire as well. The F. Gary Gray film, still bolstered by Fandango online ticket sales, will definitely clear the century mark by Sunday with a second weekend that is 40%-50% less than its $60.2M opening. American Ultra, which was acquired by Lionsgate for $7M, is looking at $6M-$8M at 2,778 for FSS. Eisenberg headlines as a dope-loving convenience store clerk who is unaware he is a sleeper agent for a sinister Central Intelligence Agency program. It was originally projected to earn between $6-M and $8-M in its debut.
In the specialty sphere, Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin, earned $120,856 this weekend from four locations.
Isabel Croixet’s Learning to Drive from Broad Green Pictures earned around $67,417 from four theaters for a per screen average of $16,854. The film, starring Patricia Clarkson as a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor, hopes strong word of mouth will help boost its numbers as it expands into more theaters (including Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and Phoenix next weekend).