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

WeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
10 (Mar 06 - Mar 08)$72,251,925-19%$86,989,495-15%CHAPPiE
17 (Apr 24 - Apr 26)$80,145,066-26%$97,118,652-19%Furious 7
05 (Jan 30 - Feb 01)$80,089,127-41%$100,338,212-36%American Sniper
09 (Feb 27 - Mar 01)$88,810,278-14%$102,832,789-11%Focus (2015)
34 (Aug 21 - Aug 23)$85,356,247-34%$106,565,489-28%Straight Outta Compton
08 (Feb 20 - Feb 22)$103,802,091-47%$115,332,590-45%Fifty Shades of Grey
16 (Apr 17 - Apr 19)$108,634,824-12%$119,404,513-9%Furious 7
02 (Jan 09 - Jan 11)$104,708,370-17%$125,338,635-19%Taken 3
11 (Mar 13 - Mar 15)$115,580,19060%$130,002,87649%Cinderella (2015)
12 (Mar 20 - Mar 22)$117,323,6182%$130,036,4540%The Divergent Series: Insurgent
15 (Apr 10 - Apr 12)$123,422,897-43%$131,021,667-41%Furious 7
19 (May 08 - May 10)$119,680,542-47%$131,163,817-44%Avengers: Age of Ultron
32 (Aug 07 - Aug 09)$113,252,833-17%$132,026,560-10%Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
23 (Jun 05 - Jun 07)$122,790,825-6%$132,521,168-4%Spy (2015)
27 (Jul 03 - Jul 05)$127,004,488-27%$135,303,240-26%Inside Out (2015)
22 (May 29 - May 31)$131,136,807-9%$138,462,469-10%San Andreas
31 (Jul 31 - Aug 02)$136,167,805-2%$146,276,435-3%Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
33 (Aug 14 - Aug 16)$129,704,20915%$148,067,65012%Straight Outta Compton
13 (Mar 27 - Mar 29)$139,905,37419%$149,591,05215%Home (2015)
06 (Feb 06 - Feb 08)$132,753,77466%$149,816,98649%The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
30 (Jul 24 - Jul 26)$138,375,788-23%$151,032,829-22%Ant-Man
01 (Jan 02 - Jan 04)$125,847,309--$153,826,448--The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
21 (May 22 - May 24)$144,619,728-18%$154,224,038-16%Tomorrowland
04 (Jan 23 - Jan 25)$136,480,820-24%$157,464,629-22%American Sniper
20 (May 15 - May 17)$175,450,24247%$183,830,88740%Pitch Perfect 2
26 (Jun 26 - Jun 28)$174,073,731-27%$183,850,489-26%Jurassic World
29 (Jul 17 - Jul 19)$178,681,351-12%$193,635,116-10%Ant-Man
03 (Jan 16 - Jan 18)$178,963,57071%$201,244,11161%American Sniper
07 (Feb 13 - Feb 15)$196,187,39248%$211,286,94341%Fifty Shades of Grey
28 (Jul 10 - Jul 12)$202,438,83459%$214,566,41659%Minions
14 (Apr 03 - Apr 05)$216,669,85955%$223,837,31550%Furious 7
18 (May 01 - May 03)$224,022,810180%$232,805,469140%Avengers: Age of Ultron
25 (Jun 19 - Jun 21)$238,740,396-10%$247,780,432-9%Jurassic World
24 (Jun 12 - Jun 14)$266,035,144117%$273,574,516106%Jurassic World