Compton Straight Up Wins Again
NWA biopic isn't out of gas yet, pulls in $26.8M in second week
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 23, 2015 12:11 PM CDT
O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube in “Straight Outta Compton."   (Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures via AP)
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(Newser) Straight Outta Compton easily maintained its box-office lead with an estimated $26.8 million in ticket sales over a sleepy late summer weekend at the multiplexes. The N.W.A. biopic, a much buzzed-about hit, dominated over the late August releases that often characterize Hollywood's dog days of summer. It has now made $111.5 million in two weeks.

The low-budget horror sequel Sinister 2 fared the best of the new releases, opening with $10.6 million, according to studio estimates today. Fox's assassin thriller Hitman: Agent 47, the second attempt to adapt the popular video game, disappointed with $8.2 million. Lionsgate's American Ultra, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, also failed to spark much interest, opening with $5.5 million. Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation came in second with $11.7 million in its fourth week.