New Hitman Movie Misfires at Box Office

Hitman: Agent 47 limps to fourth place on the charts.


The latest attempt to bring a popular video game to the big screen, Hitman: Agent 47, has stalled at the box office, finishing the weekend in a disappointing fourth place. The follow-up to 2007's Hitman, adapted from IO Interactive's popular game, made just $8.2 million, putting it well below its predecessor's opening gross of $13.1 million. This result is not terribly surprising, as the movie started off with a slow Friday.

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The film, which stars Homeland's Rupert Friend as the iconic shaven-headed assassin, had already been met by terrible reviews. While bad reviews certainly don't always relate to box offie success (as the Resident Evil films prove), the negative reception both critically and commercially put any franchise hopes that distributors Fox had for the property in doubt.

Elsewhere in the box office chart, hip-hip biopic Straight Outta Compton retained its hold on the top slot, pulling in a further $26.8 million to put it on an impressive domestic total of $111 million. Action smash Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation maintained its position at no.2, while horror sequel Sinister 2 debuted in third place.

The next Hitman game was announced at E3 and is due out later this year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC across digital channels.

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