One of those secret agent flicks, Lionsgate's American Ultra, with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, made $425K in Thursday screenings and has a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes. That estimated $8M weekend Ultra is heading towards is better than the actors' last collaboration, the under-appreciated Adventureland, which opened at $5.7M on its way to $16M cume. It would be quite worse, however, than director Nima Nourizadeh's Project X, which opened to $21M in 2012 on its way to $54M.
Hitman 47, the sequel to the original Timothy Olyphant Hitman, has a barely-registering 8% on RT, but still performed better than Ultra on Thursday screens. The film pulled in $625K in late-night shows owing largely to an extremely sleek trailer rather than goodwill towards the original, which puts the sequel on track for an $11M weekend. The original 2007 (2007?!!?) film made $13.1M its November weekend on its way to a domestic cume of $39.7M.
That left Sinister 2 to lead the late-night field with $850K, heading to a $15M weekend. Though that's less than the original Sinister opened to in 2012, which was $18M, the sequel, from the ever frugal BlumHouse Production, should make back its $7-8M reported production budget and then some.
Forecast (August 21 - Aug. 23)
1. Straight Outta Compton - $32M
2. Sinister - $15M
3. Hitman 47 - $11M
4. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - $8.5M
5. American Ultra - $8M
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