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Friday Update #2: According to early reports, Straight Outta Compton will finish in first place over the 4-day weekend with around $11.5 million.

The Transporter Refueled and A Walk in the Woods are running close to each other, with a range of $8 million-$10 million each for the 4-day.

Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio numbers.

Friday Update #1: Sources report that The Transporter Refueled grabbed an estimated $365,000 from Thursday night's early shows. By comparison, Hitman: Agent 47 scored $600,000 Thursday earnings two weeks ago, although it's arguable the Transporter sequel could be slightly less front-loaded with summer essentially over for many potential viewers.

More updates for this holiday weekend's tight box office race as they come...

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By Daniel Garris

Straight Outta Compton was up one spot on Thursday to move back into first place with a daily take of $1.006 million. The successful F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic from Universal was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down 48 percent from last Thursday. Straight Outta Compton was the week's top film with a weekly haul of $18.05 million. That was down 50 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a strong $138.94 million. Straight Outta Compton is running 45 percent ahead of the $95.72 million three-week gross of last year's Ride Along.

Sony's War Room was up one spot and 7 percent over Wednesday to take second with $0.917 million. The low-budget Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film from TriStar and AFFIRM Films claimed a healthy daily per-location average of $808 from a modest 1,135 locations. War Room outpaced expectations this week with a second place seven-day start of $15.31 million. The film is performing an impressive 36 percent stronger than the $11.29 million seven-day start of 2011's Courageous. War Room will be playing in 1,526 locations this weekend.

Broad Green Pictures' A Walk in the Woods placed in third with an estimated $0.863 million. The Robert Redford led comedy fell two spots and 26 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance. A Walk in the Woods is off to a very promising start so far with $2.03 million in two days. That places the film 7 percent ahead of the $1.90 million two-day pre-Labor Day midweek start of The Debt back in 2011. At its current pace, A Walk in the Woods will likely find itself in a close three-way race for first place over the holiday weekend with Straight Outta Compton and War Room.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation held steady in fourth place with $0.691 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount was down a slim 1 percent from Wednesday and down 32.5 percent from last Thursday. Rogue Nation placed in third for the week with $11.15 million. The film was down just 30 percent from the previous week and has grossed a very healthy $173.24 million in five weeks.

The Weinstein Company's No Escape rounded out the day's top five with $0.554 million. The action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell fell 8 percent from Wednesday and 37 percent from last Thursday. No Escape placed in fourth for the week with $10.94 million. The film has grossed $13.00 million in nine days, which is in line with expectations and places the film 5 percent behind the $13.67 million nine-day take of last year's The November Man.

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sep3.pngBroad Green Pictures' A Walk In the Woods opened above expectations with $1.17 million in first place on Wednesday, slightly ahead of The Debt's $970,532 opening Wednesday before Labor Day four years ago. Despite middling reviews, the R-rated comedy looks to be attracting some of its target adult audience heading into Labor Day weekend. If it holds up similar to The Debt over the next four days, it could even lead the holiday box office weekend.

Universal reports Straight Outta Compton added $1.08 million on Wednesday, down 48.5 percent from the same day last week. That gives the biopic a domestic total of $137.9 million through 20 days of release.

In third place, War Room tacked on another $0.86 million, giving the faith-based pic a six-day total of $14.4 million. That puts it 79 percent ahead of the pace 2008's Fireproof and 34 percent ahead of 2011's Courageous.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation eased 37 percent from last Wednesday to $0.69 million yesterday. The Tom Cruise franchise sequel has amassed an excellent $172.55 million domestically to date.

No Escape was off 49 percent from its first day last Wednesday to $0.603 million yesterday. With $12.45 million in the bank through eight days of play, it's pacing 5.5 percent behind The November Man.

Meanwhile, We Are Your Friends tallied $0.157 million yesterday, giving it a weak six-day haul of $2.37 million. Unfortunately, the Zac Efron pic is trailing That Awkward Moment by 78 percent.

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LOS ANGELES - September 3, 2015 -- Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans visited by 36 million unique visitors per month, today revealed the results of its Most Anticipated Fall Movie Survey, in which "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" (opening November 20) was voted as the most anticipated fall movie. For a third consecutive year, a "Hunger Games" movie was voted by Fandango ticket-buyers as the top film in this autumn poll (previous winners were "Catching Fire" in 2013 and "Mockingjay - Part 1" in 2014).

Posted online during the last week of August, Fandango's Fall Movie Survey polled more than 1,000 moviegoers on the films they're most excited to see on the big screen in the months from September through November.

"Fall is the time of year when Hollywood brings out its more serious fare," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "and this is one of the busiest fall seasons in memory. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' is the movie ticket-buyers are anticipating most, thanks to the overwhelming momentum and excitement the franchise has built up over the last three years. Fandango fans can't wait to see how Jennifer Lawrence and crew bring the end of the saga to life on the big screen."

"With additional big-screen star power, trailers for Johnny Depp's ‘Black Mass' and Julia Roberts' ‘Secret in Their Eyes' already reveal that the pair of Academy favorites delivers intense performances," continues Karger. "That's why Fandango fans deem them most likely to receive more Oscar love this year."

In other categories, Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" was selected as the most anticipated family film of the season, while master of suspense M. Night Shyamalan's latest scare-fest, "The Visit," was picked as the most anticipated fall horror flick.

According to Fandango moviegoers, below are the top autumn picks:

Most Anticipated Fall Movie:
1. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" 36%
2. "Spectre" 21%
3. "The Martian" 11%
4. "Bridge of Spies" 10%
5. "Black Mass" 9%

Most Anticipated Family Film:
1. "The Good Dinosaur" 26%
2. "Pan" 22%
3. "Goosebumps" 19%
4. "Hotel Transylvania 2" 17%
5. "The Peanuts Movie" 14%

Most Anticipated Horror Flick:
1. "The Visit" 24%
2. "Victor Frankenstein" 23%
3. "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" 18%
4. "Goodnight Mommy" 10%
5. "Rings" 8%

Actor in a Fall Movie Most Likely to Get an Oscar Nod:
1. Johnny Depp, "Black Mass" 25%
2. Tom Hanks, "Bridge of Spies" 16%
3. Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs" 15%
4. Matt Damon, "The Martian" 8%
5. Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation" 7%

Actress in a Fall Movie Most Likely to Get an Oscar Nod:

1. Julia Roberts, "Secret in Their Eyes" 27%
2. Cate Blanchett, "Carol" 20%
3. Emily Blunt, "Sicario" 12%
4. Julianne Moore, "Freeheld" 8%
5. Carey Mulligan, "Suffragette" 8%

Fandango's Need-to-See Fall Movie Preview can be found at: Fandango.com/FallMovieGuide

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 26,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 46 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 36 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.

Press Contacts:
Dana Benson
dbenson@fandango.com
310-954-0465

Harry Medved
hmedved@fandango.com
310-954-0461

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Their press release:

LOS ANGELES - September 3, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, the new high-octane action thriller, "The Transporter Refueled" is revving up audience demand, while "Straight Outta Compton" is still looking strong for a fourth week in a row. "Transporter" scores 70 out of 100 points on the Fanticipation movie buzz indicator , while "Compton" follows close behind with 69 points.

"The combination of the popular ‘Transporter' franchise and rising star Ed Skrein adds up to big fan excitement for ‘The Transporter Refueled'," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "The fast-paced action film is ruling this week's Fanticipation buzz indicator alongside the powerhouse smash, ‘Straight Outta Compton.'"

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

*According to comScore.

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