U.N.C.L.E. expected to have lowest spy opening of 2015

Logo for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie

Logo for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie is expected to have the lowest U.S. opening weekend of 2015 spy movies, according to A STORY BY THE WRAP ENTERTAINMENT NEWS WEBSITE.

The Wrap doesn’t couch its story exactly that way. Instead, the website’s story focuses on the box office prospects of Straight Outta Compton. Here’s an excerpt:

But it’s clear that the fan base for N.WA. — an acronym for Niggaz Wit Attitudes — is mobilized, and analysts say that alone will drive a box office debut north of $30 million, enough to dethrone Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” when Universal Pictures rolls it out in 2,751 theaters on Friday. The Guy Ritchie-directed “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” an action film starring “Superman” star Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer based on the 1970s TV show, is projected debut in the high-teen millions.

Translation: The U.N.C.L.E. movie is projected to have an opening weekend under $20 million, while Straight Outta Compton will exceed $30 million. For the record, the U.N.C.L.E. television series ran 1964-68, but that doesn’t change how the movie version isn’t seen as doing well at the box office.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation had an opening weekend of $55.5 million (the initial estimate was $56 million).

Taken 3’s opening weekend was $39.2 million, Kingsman: The Secret Service’s was $36.2 million and the comedy Spy’s was $29.1 million.

The No. 1 spy movie all along has been projected to be SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film. SPECTRE is coming off Skyfall, which had worldwide box office exceeding $1 billion in 2012.

If the projections for U.N.C.L.E. are correct, it will trail last weekend’s Fantastic Four movie, widely seen as a flop with $25.7 million.

Fantastic Four was a more expensive movie than U.N.C.L.E. and its $75 million production budget. But that’s a subtle fact that tends to get lost in stories about the weekend box office.

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4 Responses

  1. The first review is not so good….

    http://www.blu-ray.com/The-Man-from-UNCLE/308543/#Preview Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Fantasic Four is not really a good comparison (a much more expensive movie that had different expectations). Hopefully this gets close to $20 million and it may because reviews are decent (71% on Rotten Tomatoes); but really international will tell the story.

  3. I lot of people out there, especially young adults don’t relate to the 60s era very well, so seeing a spy film set in the cold war era doesn’t really appeal to them, my judgement can be wrong, remember a large section of the young adult’s today, wasn’t born when ‘the man from .u.n.c.l.e.’ was aired back then, the James Bond franchise has been consistent and relevant to the cinema public for decades. that’s why the SPECTRE Bond film will be # no.1 movie at the Box office this year 2015

  4. To all the MFU Skeptics i say GO AND SEE THE MOVIE . The easy to follow plot makes it great (no need for complicated movies) and brings you back to the lighter 1960s (euro)spy movies and tv shows . Just enjoyed the Italian scenery, the cars, the boats, the scooters, the baddies , the goodies , the style, the opening and closing credits , the soundtrack …. . A great 2015 movie looking back at the 1960s tv show . Movie and soundtrack 9.5 / 10 .

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