'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 Mon, Oct. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$1,798,753-86%3,349--$537$44,320,9471Sony / Columbia
2Looper$1,768,621-66%2,992--$591$22,570,1731Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$701,041-66%2,78050$252$26,681,7512Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$517,251-68%3,2120$161$23,990,5982Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$379,734-73%3,0830$123$22,573,0502Relativity Media
6Resident Evil: Retribution$282,506-66%2,381-635$119$38,973,7953Sony / Screen Gems
7Dredd 3D$252,778-63%2,55751$99$11,201,3412Lionsgate
8Finding Nemo 3D$226,749-80%2,639-265$86$36,671,5553Disney
9Won't Back Down$200,125-66%2,515--$80$2,803,4951Fox
10Lawless$92,238-55%1,503-1111$61$36,369,6855Weinstein Company
11The Possession$87,750-69%1,618-980$54$47,499,4725Lionsgate
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$48,767-72%1,187-565$41$49,759,8047Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$378,550-70%335--$1,130$5,527,9831Universal
2The Master$211,725-66%85668$247$9,780,3493Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$82,628-69%10298$810$1,511,4132Lionsgate / Summit
4The Dark Knight Rises$73,167-62%655-293$112$444,450,82711Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$64,835-69%25612$253$5,179,5373Roadside Attractions
6The Bourne Legacy$53,560-68%824-607$65$111,753,5158Universal
7The Campaign$41,419-59%630-620$66$85,940,9398Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$39,802-72%815-1005$49$84,065,1497Lionsgate
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$21,615-82%387-33$56$159,102,48112Fox
10Ted (2012)$16,875-61%225-68$75$218,135,42514Universal
11Barfi!$12,560-85%127-3$99$2,474,5683UTV Communications
12The Intouchables$11,303-68%121-35$93$12,482,65619Weinstein Company
13The Words$11,236-70%278-969$40$11,446,1034CBS Films
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$10,254-81%332-42$31$48,044,9659Fox
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,111-84%203-37$35$216,103,45517Paramount / DreamWorks
16Hit and Run$4,516-57%132-159$34$13,718,6536Open Road
17Step Up Revolution$4,296-76%110-72$39$35,061,62810Lionsgate / Summit
18The Cold Light of Day$3,277-59%104-51$32$3,752,3384Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$11,133-66%520$214$8,817,51824Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$6,939-63%69-63$101$11,036,86914Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$5,943-63%82-38$72$45,300,83119Focus
4For A Good Time, Call...$5,887-59%84-21$70$1,210,9325Focus
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$5,237-53%32-15$164$46,319,21322Fox Searchlight
6Thaandavam$4,816-81%45--$107$133,8601UTV Communications
7Heroine$4,033-78%97-17$42$564,3182UTV Communications
810 Years$3,885-58%6320$62$181,9203Anchor Bay Films
9The Watch$3,868-54%46-31$84$34,291,15210Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$3,548-58%330$108$20,933,10378Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Apparition$3,204-70%6530$49$4,904,4876Warner Bros.
12Ruby Sparks$2,004-4%17-26$118$2,500,10210Fox Searchlight
13Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$1,665-72%40-45$42$3,116,7804Paramount
14Safety Not Guaranteed$1,336-57%34-6$39$3,982,10617FilmDistrict
15Cosmopolis$6469%5-4$129$762,1987Entertainment One Films
16Toys in the Attic$290-88%60$48$60,0674Hannover House
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$286-25%70$41$3,374,8258ARC Entertainment
18Husbands In Goa$45-91%4-3$11$7,5002UTV Communications