Straight Outta Compton topped the box office for the third weekend in a row, but the N.W.A. biopic faced some unexpected competition in the form of faith-based family drama War Room, which surprised with an estimated $11 million debut.
Opening in just 1,135 theaters, War Room was expected to gross around $5 million for the weekend; instead, it catapulted to second place behind Straight Outta Compton, which scored $13.2 million during its third straight week at the top of the box office.
After its record-breaking debut last weekend, Straight Outta Compton once again topped the box office, bringing in an estimated $26.8 million and handily beating this weekend’s three other new releases.
After blowing past initial expectations and opening to a whopping $60.2 million, Straight Outta Compton is on its way to spending another weekend at the top. Even though three new movies are opening wide this weekend, none of them will come close to reaching the N.W.A. biopic, which is eyeing a second weekend of about $30 million.
Exceptional actors can elevate even the most ridiculous material, and the mark of an all-time great is the ability to add meaning and gravitas to a middling horror movie. When the time comes to evaluate the breadth of Ethan Hawke’s career, we should look past obvious slam dunks like the Before trilogy and zero in on the first Sinister, a mildly goofy slurry of boogie man clichés given remarkable weight by Hawke’s steely stare and convincing terror. (The well-designed baddie also helped.)
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