Grosses

'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 Fri, Dec. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$14,607,982--3,703--$3,945$14,607,9821Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,706,964--3,723--$1,801$6,706,9641Fox
3New Year's Eve$2,530,494139%3,5050$722$19,936,2482Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$1,444,89691%2,7522$525$14,766,2022Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,278,31588%2,958-646$432$263,408,3965Lionsgate / Summit
6Hugo$966,31885%2,532-76$382$36,414,1794Paramount
7The Muppets$854,714100%2,808-520$304$68,328,3594Disney
8Arthur Christmas$841,50689%2,929-343$287$35,788,8514Sony / Columbia
9Jack and Jill$360,08688%1,910-877$189$69,637,8726Sony / Columbia
10Tower Heist$276,25048%1,315-754$210$75,163,9657Universal
11Happy Feet Two$262,050-2%1,780-1060$147$58,094,5945Warner Bros.
12Immortals$239,461-12%1,216-1083$197$81,277,4666Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$4,102,843584%425--$9,654$4,702,8431Paramount
2Young Adult$1,089,9453404%986978$1,105$1,529,8692Paramount
3The Descendants$928,759115%8782$1,058$26,306,3115Fox Searchlight
4My Week with Marilyn$156,12364%2440$640$5,651,8684Weinstein Company
5J. Edgar$108,082-20%703-852$154$35,440,4856Warner Bros.
6Puss in Boots (2011)$107,066-7%757-1086$141$142,417,2598Paramount / DreamWorks
7A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$53,892-6%202-268$267$34,291,9077Warner Bros. / New Line
8In Time$48,56735%273-81$178$36,617,9078Fox
9Dolphin Tale$47,261166%281-61$168$71,185,02913Warner Bros.
10Footloose (2011)$36,555450%25352$144$51,205,58510Paramount
11Margin Call$25,60253%121-27$212$5,042,1129Roadside Attractions
12Paranormal Activity 3$25,18154%206-96$122$103,717,0439Paramount
13Courageous$24,7118%101-90$245$33,436,06012Sony / TriStar
14Like Crazy$17,018-27%100-62$170$3,212,8028Paramount Vantage
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$15,32171%123-45$125$20,280,4359Summit
1650/50$11,91219%111-35$107$34,938,50912Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$123,153431%1612$7,697$545,9242Focus
2Shame$88,669161%5130$1,739$1,012,7103Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$73,37981%171$4,316$1,113,5324Weinstein Company
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$28,29037%250$1,132$380,0354Warner Bros.
5Moneyball$20,28119%98-110$207$74,262,10913Sony / Columbia
6Born to Be Wild 3D$16,039-15%490$327$14,745,89637Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Ides of March$11,919-23%72-115$166$40,534,15411Sony / Columbia
8Drive (2011)$11,90688%56-14$213$34,716,31214FilmDistrict
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$5,856-20%39-33$150$2,854,5319Fox Searchlight
10The Rum Diary$3,691-20%30-33$123$13,091,3048FilmDistrict
11Cook County$2,785--5--$557$2,7851Hanover House
12Pastorela$2,30316%19-25$121$148,4713Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Inni$308--1-3$308$116,1348Cinema Purgatorio
14Answers to Nothing$20-81%1-6$20$21,8923Roadside Attractions