'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 Sun, Jan. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$9,774,944-23%3,584--$2,727$33,526,8761Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$4,865,700-28%2,940--$1,655$17,816,2301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$3,144,810-32%3,459335$909$126,216,6504Paramount
4The King's Speech$2,882,531-25%1,543785$1,868$44,710,0628Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$2,669,948-18%2,328744$1,147$73,211,0067Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$2,121,250-30%3,394-281$625$134,280,8904Universal
7Yogi Bear$1,886,914-23%2,702-586$698$82,115,6195Warner Bros.
8TRON: Legacy$1,877,575-22%2,439-574$770$156,918,4545Disney
9The Fighter$1,482,394-30%2,414-114$614$65,745,8046Paramount
10Season of the Witch$1,448,537-23%2,82711$512$18,104,3242Relativity Media
12Country Strong$1,095,422-26%1,4240$769$13,287,5094Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$791,417-21%1,704-1110$464$98,067,1296Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$746,138-18%1,666-1298$448$37,647,0144Fox
15The Tourist$479,043-32%1,420-1022$337$64,259,6556Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$472,517-19%941-566$502$289,803,4729Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$419,536-27%230190$1,824$2,847,2613Weinstein Company
3Megamind$220,527-25%341-34$647$145,416,60811Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$125,980-35%422--$299$473,0621Freestyle
5How Do You Know$110,783-32%615-1287$180$29,940,2565Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$107,822-29%322-281$335$94,702,14916Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$105,629-15%34197$310$100,123,88711Warner Bros.
8Burlesque$88,777-15%29567$301$38,633,0178Sony / Screen Gems
9Rabbit Hole$80,002-32%10066$800$958,1165Lionsgate
10Unstoppable (2010)$74,217-25%303-95$245$80,392,10310Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$46,463-26%166-46$280$31,970,2788Fox
12Red (2010)$40,922-29%206-55$199$90,065,33214Summit
13Life As We Know It$27,203-25%132-56$206$53,273,36115Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$23,290-15%137-41$170$251,476,98528Universal
15Morning Glory (2010)$14,988-33%127-51$118$30,982,32910Paramount
16For Colored Girls$9,780-14%11190$88$37,714,86011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$75,724-30%5336$1,429$982,9304Focus
2127 Hours$50,601-26%76-12$666$11,073,51811Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$45,036-21%480$938$20,607,83744Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$43,034-21%95-5$453$1,659,0327Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$34,386-16%45-3$764$372,3572UTV Communications
6Faster (2010)$15,121-3%77-2$196$23,001,2068CBS Films
7Fair Game (2010)$11,926-37%79-24$151$9,320,83311Summit
8The Warrior's Way$8,842-6%7745$115$5,636,6557Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$4,767-1%22-48$217$117,222,00714Paramount
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,567-28%41-54$111$55,668,07017Warner Bros.
11Paranormal Activity 2$4,537-17%40-50$113$84,747,72713Paramount
12Every Day$2,831-20%3--$944$9,8571Image Entertainment
13Winter's Bone$2,75330%71$393$6,263,18832Roadside Attractions
14Summer Wars$2,434-8%9-5$270$53,6324GKIDS
15Tees Maar Khan$143276%4-34$36$1,076,2664UTV Communications