'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, Apr. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$17,467,66569%3,827--$4,564$27,812,9071Fox
2Scream 4$6,680,156-19%3,305--$2,021$14,921,3921Weinstein Company
4Soul Surfer$3,281,94354%2,2140$1,482$18,010,6552Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$3,004,88041%3,2760$917$20,542,6122Warner Bros.
8Source Code$2,855,18355%2,557-414$1,117$35,389,7693Summit
9Limitless$1,680,79456%1,885-770$892$68,684,5995Relativity Media
10Your Highness$1,675,78034%2,7723$605$14,981,5702Universal
11The Lincoln Lawyer$1,412,50977%1,702-718$830$49,778,3895Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,042,695115%1,849-1032$564$47,567,6474Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$1,574,76643%707--$2,227$2,674,5161Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$646,80399%384158$1,684$4,729,7475Fox Searchlight
3Jane Eyre (2011)$453,92372%27427$1,657$5,790,2396Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$270,01286%2071$1,304$1,638,1062Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sucker Punch$262,13947%555-1200$472$35,126,8244Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$232,39764%554-854$419$82,059,7086Sony / Columbia
9The Adjustment Bureau$173,90567%348-435$500$60,656,8607Universal
10Just Go With It$126,64464%3266$388$102,000,72910Sony / Columbia
11The King's Speech$119,50259%315-360$379$137,933,75421Weinstein Company
12Hall Pass$103,04337%333-33$309$44,574,2758Warner Bros. / New Line
13No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$86,38159%189-37$457$883,2342Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Unknown (2011)$77,35848%275-90$281$63,338,6889Warner Bros.
15Red Riding Hood$59,91856%248-529$242$36,914,1286Warner Bros.
16True Grit (2010)$50,77159%177-86$287$170,916,39917Paramount
17Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$41,12594%128-56$321$37,591,4429Fox
18Beastly$31,63747%110-229$288$27,456,2697CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,37724%321$1,293$23,807,80757Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$38,54185%71-21$543$365,6752UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$30,81299%39-13$790$923,6876Anchor Bay Films
4The Green Hornet$25,22364%95-66$266$98,766,36314Sony / Columbia
5Cedar Rapids$19,30982%47-71$411$6,723,37310Fox Searchlight
6Miral$15,36185%26-3$591$294,6494Weinstein Company
7Drive Angry$10,96152%71-55$154$10,699,7628Summit
8Biutiful$9,48759%32-6$296$5,005,46216Roadside Attractions
9Black Swan$9,36667%49-54$191$106,924,39320Fox Searchlight
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$7,91437%35-34$226$72,768,23110Paramount
11The Company Men$6,96848%20-12$348$4,380,48413Weinstein Company
12The Music Never Stopped$3,01896%13-1$232$226,1725Roadside Attractions
13Take Me Home Tonight$2,53836%42-60$60$6,922,1067Relativity Media
14Blue Valentine (2010)$2,01342%15-4$134$9,700,03416Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$1,78843%42$447$13,2052Anchor Bay Films
16happythankyoumoreplease$1,27634%4-5$319$211,2817Anchor Bay Films
17The Last Godfather$63298%1-19$632$163,2593Roadside Attractions
18Winter's Bone$9050%20$45$6,531,46745Roadside Attractions