BOX OFFICE SHOWDOWN – AUG 13-16 – THE MAN SAYS U.N.C.L.E

Every week we dissect the good, the bad, and the bombs of the Aussie box office world. No talk of box office would be complete without mention of the US, so we’ll also take a look at what’s hitting big, what’s not, and where our refined Aussie movie palates differ from our blockbuster loving American brethren (Hot tip – probably not all that much). Let’s dig in…

The Challengers:

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The Hold-overs:

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This weekend The Man From U.N.C.L.E tried to stake a claim on the spy genre, and Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman discovered the difficulties of living 5 Flights Up. So how’d they stack up?

AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE – AUGUST 13-16

# Film Title Distributor Weekend Gross Total Gross
1 TRAINWRECK UNIVERSAL $2,104,181 $9,417,720
2 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION PARAMOUNT $1,718,730 $12,000,878
3 THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. WARNER BROS $1,624,483 $1,668,105
4 THE FANTASTIC FOUR FOX $1,058,852 $4,381,821
5 LAST CAB TO DARWIN ICON $1,019,906 $3,023,984
6 ANT-MAN WALT DISNEY $599,048 $14,828,462
7 DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION `F` MADMAN $315,726 $1,327,993
8 INSIDE OUT WALT DISNEY $191,105 $30,462,060
9 MINIONS UNIVERSAL $147,843 $32,431,304
10 PAPER TOWNS FOX $145,236 $5,082,012

 

 

Source: Urban Cinefile

Weekend Champ: Trainwreck. Once again the Amy Schumer juggernaut held off stiff competition to take it’s 2nd weekend in a row (and second in official release). It’s mettle will be tested next week as the Vacation reboot hits town and tries to whisk its audience away. By that stage the Judd Apatow pic will have more than cleared the $10 million hurdle, so I’m sure there won’t be any tears.

L.O.S.E.R.: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The stylish (and pretty well received) 60’s caper just couldn’t connect with audiences that are already occupied running impossible missions with Tom Cruise or watching a Trainwreck. The $85+ million dollar actioner didn’t have the big names on the marquee to draw in the crowds either, and it’ll have to work hard to make back it’s budget. Interestingly, Tom Cruise was attached to an earlier version of U.N.C.L.E. but chose to move on and focus on the Mission Impossible series instead. Looks like a good move for him.

Fantastic Flameout: The Fantastic Four took a dive in its second weekend, falling a disastrous 60% to 4th place with $1.05 million. Look for this misfire to fade from the top ten pretty quickly.

Biggest Surprise: Last Cab To Darwin. The lone Aussie film in the top ten held up incredibly well in its second week, dipping only 11%. It’s cleared $3 million and look like it’ll have really good legs heading into spring. Good news for the local industry.

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Limited Standout: 5 Flights Up. Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman proved to be a reliable duo in limited release this week, as their rom-com made $98K on 30 screens to take the 12th position.

Over in the U.S of A, it was the N.W.A vs the U.N.C.L.E for the B.O. title.

U.S BOX OFFICE – AUGUST 14-16

# Film Title Distributor Weekend Gross Total Gross
1 STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON UNIVERSAL $60,200,180 $60,200,180
2 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION PARAMOUNT $17,186,540 $138,323,095
3 THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. WARNER BROS. $13,421,036 $13,421,036
4 THE FANTASTIC FOUR FOX $8,168,756 $42,129,974
5 THE GIFT STX $6,509,604 $23,586,927
6 ANT-MAN WALT DISNEY $5,493,417 $157,543,670
7 VACATION WARNER BROS. $5,184,137 $46,706,202
8 MINIONS UNIVERSAL $5,148,125 $312,916,835
9 RICKI AND THE FLASH TRISTAR $4,556,254 $14,641,971
10 TRAINWRECK UNIVERSAL $3,836,160 $97,955,120

 

 

 

 Source: Box Office Mojo

Straight Outta Nowhere: Straight Outta Compton took even the most hopeful pundits by surprise by launching to $60.2 million, making it the 5th biggest August opening ever, as well as landing the biggest musical-bio bow of all time. The story of the rise and fall of N.W.A hit the right note with rap and non-rap fans alike it seems. It’ll be interesting to see how big it plays here when it hits theatres in September.

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Biggest Disappointment: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. As it did locally, the spy pic launched to less than S.T.E.L.L.A.R. results, fought back into third place by the still firing Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. After The Lone Ranger tanked, Armie Hammer has got to be taking it a bit personal eh? Luckily for Henry Cavill, he’s got that little Superman sequel coming next year which is as close as you can get to a sure-fire blockbuster.

Nothing Fantastic About It: The Fantastic Four followed a crap-tastic debut with an equally humiliating second weekend, plunging 68% (a percentage normally reserved for front-loaded horror films) to a paltry $8.1 million. Everyone will be distancing themselves from this turkey quick-smart I reckon.

Up next week, the Griswold’s hit the road in the Vacation reboot, Jake Gyllenhaal hits the ring in Southpaw, Sundance smash Dope sneaks into theatres, Hitman: Agent 47 takes another assignment, and Joaquin Phoenix is an Irrational Man.

So there you go folks, any surprises? Everything pan out just as you suspected? Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you’re enjoying at the multiplex. Also, if there’s anything you’d like to see us cover in the world of box office, speak up and let your opinion be known!

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