'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, Aug. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$10,927,86235%3,69143$2,961$96,411,7712Fox
2The Help$9,996,88731%2,534--$3,945$27,515,3211Disney / DreamWorks
3Final Destination 5$6,275,966-14%3,155--$1,989$13,615,5271Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Smurfs$5,297,42340%3,42732$1,546$97,124,6973Sony / Columbia
530 Minutes or Less$4,500,705-7%2,888--$1,558$9,345,9521Sony / Columbia
6Cowboys & Aliens$3,177,60044%3,310-444$960$79,241,4603Universal
7Captain America: The First Avenger$2,879,09340%2,835-785$1,016$154,695,4664Paramount
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,761,87848%2,414-761$1,144$354,708,0505Warner Bros.
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,736,10328%2,635-385$1,038$53,348,5293Warner Bros.
10The Change-Up$2,476,05028%2,9130$850$23,945,4002Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$1,715,728-37%2,040--$841$4,450,3191Fox
12Horrible Bosses$1,003,55042%1,338-687$750$109,274,3146Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$718,42323%1,294-1104$555$52,533,4244Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$574,52149%886-968$648$346,843,8217Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$407,08329%748-976$544$75,519,3246Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$256,84857%494-432$520$185,956,6068Disney
4Sarah's Key$205,31492%10134$2,033$1,850,2464Weinstein Company
5Green Lantern (2011)$159,82835%242134$660$114,909,2839Warner Bros.
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$152,60626%294-33$519$65,980,8089Fox
8Kung Fu Panda 2$139,37939%252-38$553$163,321,94112Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bad Teacher$89,42711%149-201$600$97,867,6978Sony / Columbia
10X-Men: First Class$76,89231%183-53$420$145,636,14011Fox
11The Hangover Part II$73,19536%232-71$315$253,886,76912Warner Bros.
12The Tree of Life$65,20462%118-52$553$12,419,13012Fox Searchlight
13Super 8$44,02945%108-66$408$125,486,17410Paramount
15Larry Crowne$39,01038%166-63$235$35,540,2457Universal
16Monte Carlo$34,32522%124-17$277$22,664,6477Fox
17Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$30,83747%104-12$297$1,165,5585Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aarakshan$137,23327%91--$1,508$245,5701Reliance Big Pictures
2The Devil's Double$96,38032%8956$1,083$608,1073Lionsgate
3Born to Be Wild 3D$80,21425%490$1,637$11,229,26019Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Another Earth$59,51545%8227$726$635,2134Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$39,85931%4032$996$416,3463Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$28,60549%99-40$289$143,456,42018Fox
7The Future$25,70047%202$1,285$213,9813Roadside Attractions
9Project Nim$8,70222%18-3$483$300,4276Roadside Attractions
10A Better Life$6,41325%51-23$126$1,692,0888Summit
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$4,0705%55-33$74$14,996,09410Relativity Media
1335 and Ticking$1,526-1%50$305$113,17013Image Entertainment
14Submarine$1,51774%7-3$217$465,89511Weinstein Company
15The Last Mountain$1,22858%52$246$118,59411Dada Films
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$598-6%31$199$236,56748Collective Eye
17Everything Must Go$427-7%3-5$142$2,702,23514Roadside Attractions
18The Conspirator$282-7%20$141$11,533,18318Roadside Attractions