'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 Tue, Sep. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$1,201,397-64%2,816--$427$22,280,2371Lionsgate
2Lawless$1,077,661-62%2,888--$373$16,092,6561Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$787,969-68%3,334-21$236$69,602,0543Lionsgate
42016: Obama's America$750,811-61%1,747--$430$21,473,0398Rocky Mountain Pictures
5The Bourne Legacy$563,580-73%3,131-523$180$98,876,7454Universal
6The Dark Knight Rises$503,493-73%2,187-419$230$433,814,7547Warner Bros.
7The Campaign$468,080-69%2,941-361$159$75,252,0074Warner Bros.
8Hope Springs (2012)$463,448-68%2,44139$190$53,963,8784Sony / Columbia
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$422,153-82%2,63537$160$38,863,7193Disney
11Premium Rush$403,760-66%2,2550$179$13,911,4302Sony / Columbia
12Hit and Run$281,001-58%2,8700$98$11,011,8482Open Road
13Sparkle (2012)$139,295-74%1,257-987$111$22,391,0163Sony / TriStar
14Marvel's The Avengers$121,773-78%1,705--$71$620,445,61018Disney
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$95,356-82%1,036-514$92$156,248,0118Fox
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$89,742-85%1,204-761$75$45,858,2305Fox
18The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$64,080-61%2,160--$30$899,7241Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Total Recall (2012)$80,950-63%756-820$107$57,038,0695Sony / Columbia
2The Amazing Spider-Man$79,563-72%50183$159$259,890,7699Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$67,320-55%561-222$120$216,191,53510Universal
4The Apparition$64,497-59%8100$80$4,472,7692Warner Bros.
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$43,828-74%26755$164$9,831,98910Fox Searchlight
6The Intouchables$42,697-65%175-19$244$11,181,13715Weinstein Company
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$41,330-82%505131$82$214,813,86813Paramount / DreamWorks
8Moonrise Kingdom$32,259-72%197-135$164$44,352,34015Focus
9Step Up Revolution$27,754-58%236-192$118$34,264,7846Lionsgate / Summit
10Magic Mike$19,583-46%268-87$73$113,446,62310Warner Bros.
11The Watch$15,768-63%195-55$81$33,820,9516Fox
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$13,022-57%105-7$124$45,970,52818Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$12,967-74%17973$72$65,317,42910Lionsgate
14Snow White and the Huntsman$8,580-71%143-51$60$155,120,39514Universal
15The Hunger Games$4,239-76%145-44$29$408,003,49424Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$17,801-58%23--$774$204,4901Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$16,719-64%520$322$8,295,43920Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joker$9,179-58%74--$124$136,6341UTV Communications
4Cosmopolis$8,022-70%652$123$631,8633Entertainment One Films
5Ruby Sparks$7,996-70%78-57$103$2,303,9646Fox Searchlight
8Mugamoodi$4,898-59%21--$233$73,5751UTV Communications
9Safety Not Guaranteed$3,345-72%48-6$70$3,835,40513FilmDistrict
10Born to Be Wild 3D$3,305-79%330$100$20,785,21374Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$2,202-72%49-26$45$37,475,57311Fox
12The Day$1,372-51%12--$114$17,0351Anchor Bay Films
13A Cat In Paris$592-82%3-3$197$313,87414GKIDS
14Easy Money (2012)$46727%2-3$234$187,9128Weinstein Company