By Daniel Garris
Universal's Straight Outta Compton grossed $4.55 million on Thursday to easily lead the daily box office for a seventh straight day. The modestly budgeted F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic was down 13 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day's larger daily percentage declines among wide releases. Straight Outta Compton was the week's top film with a very impressive seven-day start of $84.72 million. The film continues to outpace its already lofty expectations and is running 56 percent ahead of the $54.25 million seven-day take of last year's Ride Along. Straight Outta Compton is expected to comfortably remain in first place over the weekend.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation held steady in second with $1.70 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount was down a slim 3 percent from Wednesday and down 34 percent from last Thursday. Rogue Nation placed in second this week with $24.93 million. That represented a 40.5 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's three-week total to a healthy $146.06 million. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is currently running 36 percent ahead of the $107.27 million three-week haul of 2006's Mission: Impossible III.
Warner's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. rounded out its first week of release with a third place take of $1.17 million. The Guy Ritchie directed spy comedy starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer declined 8 percent from Wednesday's performance. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. landed in third place for the week with a soft seven-day start of $19.22 million. That places the film 10 percent behind the $21.37 million seven-day take of last year's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Fantastic Four continued to claim fourth place with $0.761 million. Fox's superhero franchise re-launch attempt fell 10 percent from Wednesday and 46 percent from last Thursday. Fantastic Four placed in fourth this week with $12.01 million. The film was down a sharp 65 percent from its already disappointing opening week performance and has only managed a two-week gross of $45.98 million.
Minions rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.739 million. The 3D computer animated blockbuster from Universal and Illumination Entertainment decreased 7 percent from Wednesday and only 21 percent from last Thursday. Minions took sixth place for the week with $8.49 million. That represented a 32 percent decline from last week and brings the film's six-week total to a very strong $316.26 million.
STX Entertainment's The Gift took sixth place with $0.651 million. The low budget Joel Edgerton directed thriller was down 12 percent from Wednesday, as the film appears to have taken a bit of a hit from the Thursday evening launch of Focus' Sinister 2. The Gift claimed fifth place this week with $9.68 million. The film was down 43 percent from its opening week performance and has grossed a stronger than expected $26.75 million in two weeks.