'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Jan. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$6,579,40449%3,12441$2,106$106,436,5733Paramount
2Little Fockers$6,229,12547%3,675121$1,695$120,655,8853Universal
3TRON: Legacy$4,625,87072%3,013-352$1,535$145,440,2724Disney
4Season of the Witch$4,303,45814%2,816--$1,528$8,065,6101Relativity Media
5Black Swan$3,404,96940%1,58431$2,150$58,946,5326Fox Searchlight
6Yogi Bear$3,259,300151%3,288-227$991$73,353,9824Warner Bros.
7The Fighter$3,052,64642%2,528-6$1,208$56,050,3075Paramount
8Country Strong$3,017,76817%1,4241422$2,119$5,731,8453Sony / Screen Gems
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,180,91897%2,964-125$736$33,147,4663Fox
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,141,11082%2,814-134$761$93,249,4295Fox
12The Tourist$1,691,79142%2,442-314$693$60,272,8825Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,069,21566%1,507-225$709$287,020,5958Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$839,58335%1,902-581$441$28,417,1014Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$2,835,56561%75858$3,741$31,081,0797Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$301,26562%603354$500$93,911,93915Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$162,90353%398-52$409$79,950,1759Fox
4Megamind$133,225136%375-389$355$144,589,10610Paramount / DreamWorks
5Love and Other Drugs$126,20338%21237$595$31,610,5817Fox
6Due Date$111,95231%244-160$459$99,594,64010Warner Bros.
7Burlesque$108,36340%228-102$475$38,169,4107Sony / Screen Gems
8I Love You Phillip Morris$93,78857%10032$938$1,371,8106Roadside Attractions
9Red (2010)$91,69346%261-42$351$89,797,35313Summit
10Life As We Know It$67,99746%188-60$362$53,096,01414Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$58,740120%178-19$330$251,351,69027Universal
12Morning Glory (2010)$41,96434%17852$236$30,861,2079Paramount
13Fair Game (2010)$34,85373%103-6$338$9,224,04910Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$285,72440%4036$7,143$930,3862Weinstein Company
2No One Killed Jessica$99,42850%48--$2,071$165,7801UTV Communications
3127 Hours$95,17749%88-15$1,082$10,766,52910Fox Searchlight
4Somewhere (2010)$68,96261%179$4,057$612,3593Focus
5Hubble 3D$52,76567%481$1,099$20,353,44743Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Rabbit Hole$48,63673%340$1,430$594,7964Lionsgate
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$27,659153%95-63$291$55,620,96616Warner Bros.
8Faster (2010)$23,28854%79-40$295$22,928,0547CBS Films
9Jackass 3D$17,08147%70-67$244$117,179,96713Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$15,59251%90-55$173$84,714,96112Paramount
11The Warrior's Way$13,24717%32-6$414$5,599,8896Relativity Media
12Summer Wars$6,58440%1412$470$30,7683GKIDS
13Tees Maar Khan$6,26569%38-66$165$1,068,2963UTV Communications
14Hereafter$5,68650%33-95$172$32,738,29513Warner Bros.
15For Colored Girls$2,56583%21-7$122$37,685,12110Lionsgate
16Winter's Bone$2,06183%64$344$6,252,80831Roadside Attractions