Grosses

'War Room' Wins Friday with $3.9 Million; 'Straight Outta Compton' Adds $3.8 Million; 'No Escape' Takes $2.4 Million; 'We Are Your Friends' Bombs at $725KAugust 29, 2015 04:00 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Making a strong debut in first place yesterday was Sony's faith-based film War Room with a healthy $3.875 million opening day from just 1,135 theaters. That easily bests Do You Believe's $1.2 million opening day earlier this year and marks the best debut for a faith-based film so far this year.War Room's first day also bested the $3.1 million opening of 2011's Courageous as well as the $2.3 million first day of 2008's Fireproof, both faith-based pics from War Room filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick. The strong grassroots marketing campaign -- focused largely in churches through the U.S. -- has certainly paid off for Sony and the modestly $3.5 million budgeted film. Early word of mouth among the target audience is very positive with an 88 percent Flixster score and an "A+" CinemaScore. BoxOffice projects an opening weekend around $10.5 million, which would give the Kendricks their best debut yet.

Universal reports that Straight Outta Compton slipped to second place after a 14-day reign in first with another $3.83 million on Friday -- down 54 percent from the same day last week. The biopic has now tallied an impressive $124.7 million domestically as strong word of mouth continues to propel it here at the end of summer. BoxOffice is projecting a $12.3 million third weekend atop the market.

No Escape claimed third place yesterday with $2.44 million. That gives the Weinstein release a three-day tally of $4.5 million, putting it 15 percent ahead of the pace of last year's The November Man. For the weekend, BoxOffice is projecting a $7.2 million frame, which would give it an overall five-day opening of $9.26 million.

In fourth place, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation added another $2.18 million on Friday, down just 35 percent from the same day last week. The fifth installment in the venerable Tom Cruise action series has amassed $164.3 million domestically through 29 days of release as it continues to exceed the pace of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million weekend.

Sinister 2 filled out the top five on Friday, falling 70 percent from its opening day last week to $1.39 million yesterday. That gives the supernatural horror sequel an eight-day domestic sum of $15.25 million as it continues to sharply trail the pace of its predecessor. BoxOffice is projecting a $4.3 million sophomore frame.

Meanwhile, Jurassic World added $787,000 yesterday as part of its re-expansion back into 1,239 theaters (including IMAX and other premium formats). That brings the mega-blockbuster's domestic take up to $640.75 million through Friday. Look for a weekend figure around $2.8 million.

Lastly, We Are Your Friends posted a weak $725,000 opening day. Unfortunately, that's a whopping 82 percent lower than the first day take of fellow Zac Efron pic That Awkward Moment in January 2014. Warner Bros. reports the movie landed a concerning "C+" CinemaScore, while online word of mouth (50 percent on Flixster) and critics (42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) are likewise heading south. BoxOffice is projecting a $1.9 million opening weekend.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
200736 (Sep 07 - Sep 09) - 2007$61,436,31526%$79,640,75811%3:10 to Yuma (2007)
198836 (Sep 02 - Sep 04) - 1988$42,965,50511%$55,423,00521%A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
198536 (Sep 06 - Sep 08) - 1985$20,928,090-12%$22,944,120-17%Back to the Future
200836 (Sep 05 - Sep 07) - 2008$46,354,260-25%$68,008,647-15%Bangkok Dangerous
199636 (Sep 06 - Sep 08) - 1996$35,811,9565%$42,145,428-6%Bulletproof
201136 (Sep 09 - Sep 11) - 2011$60,588,164-19%$81,702,516-22%Contagion
199136 (Sep 06 - Sep 08) - 1991$24,587,192-8%$27,446,324-18%Dead Again
200336 (Sep 05 - Sep 07) - 2003$46,162,888-17%$67,622,704-6%Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
199736 (Sep 05 - Sep 07) - 1997$37,641,9425%$45,631,3108%Fire Down Below
199436 (Sep 09 - Sep 11) - 1994$32,859,150-33%$40,233,827-38%Forrest Gump
199036 (Sep 07 - Sep 09) - 1990$26,610,869-9%$33,560,159-5%Ghost
201436 (Sep 05 - Sep 07) - 2014$48,083,368-22%$65,655,749-23%Guardians of the Galaxy
200436 (Sep 03 - Sep 05) - 2004$70,400,04953%$109,376,58462%Hero (2002)
199236 (Sep 04 - Sep 06) - 1992$35,105,78343%$42,770,73856%Honeymoon in Vegas
198336 (Sep 09 - Sep 11) - 1983$21,211,110-38%$22,942,548-51%Mr. Mom
201336 (Sep 06 - Sep 08) - 2013$61,672,74532%$84,943,62926%Riddick
199836 (Sep 04 - Sep 06) - 1998$53,181,08741%$74,405,49963%Saving Private Ryan
198736 (Sep 04 - Sep 06) - 1987$38,661,85179%$45,680,05290%Stakeout
198636 (Sep 05 - Sep 07) - 1986$21,635,9843%$24,076,9775%Stand by Me
200236 (Sep 06 - Sep 08) - 2002$55,778,861-3%$72,100,453-5%SwimFan
201036 (Sep 03 - Sep 05) - 2010$74,512,580-2%$105,103,8877%The American
200636 (Sep 08 - Sep 10) - 2006$48,920,713-31%$71,592,903-17%The Covenant
200536 (Sep 09 - Sep 11) - 2005$70,605,6620%$86,589,951-21%The Exorcism of Emily Rose
200936 (Sep 04 - Sep 06) - 2009$76,384,65565%$97,868,92444%The Final Destination
199336 (Sep 03 - Sep 05) - 1993$48,974,71840%$64,375,63351%The Fugitive (1993)
200136 (Sep 07 - Sep 09) - 2001$57,243,10737%$75,712,76424%The Musketeer
201236 (Sep 07 - Sep 09) - 2012$46,747,004-23%$67,501,341-17%The Possession
199936 (Sep 03 - Sep 05) - 1999$70,129,20732%$96,972,68030%The Sixth Sense
200036 (Sep 08 - Sep 10) - 2000$41,680,662-41%$60,832,300-37%The Watcher
198436 (Sep 07 - Sep 09) - 1984$23,748,20512%$27,616,19920%Tightrope
199536 (Sep 08 - Sep 10) - 1995$34,269,1444%$44,790,18011%To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
198936 (Sep 08 - Sep 10) - 1989$29,177,034-32%$35,326,877-36%Uncle Buck