'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 Thu, Nov. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$5,186,943-6%3,5053042$1,480$119,837,1081Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$1,081,2121%3,7520$288$103,167,2902Disney
4Argo$463,012-4%2,763-11$168$87,952,4805Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$214,066-10%2,487-152$86$132,524,3896Fox
6Cloud Atlas$211,246-11%2,02310$104$23,993,9033Warner Bros.
7The Man With the Iron Fists$205,920-12%1,8724$110$13,962,9752Universal
8Pitch Perfect$104,325-12%1,391-111$75$59,816,3587Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$100,182-20%2,044-270$49$39,819,0155Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$95,239-15%1,902-1031$50$16,913,8403Open Road
11Hotel Transylvania$88,921-11%2,566-356$35$141,791,5987Sony / Columbia
12Paranormal Activity 4$74,349-30%2,348-658$32$53,120,8434Paramount
13Sinister$63,378-28%1,554-328$41$46,995,2505Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$52,686-13%1,090-558$48$24,914,6584Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$18,968-27%1,301-1715$15$9,016,8203Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$134,075-35%160--$838$658,2200Yash Raj Films
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$63,593-10%607-15$105$14,987,1048Lionsgate / Summit
3The Sessions$57,0384%12859$446$1,903,4344Fox Searchlight
4Seven Psychopaths$42,68012%356-103$120$14,300,1045CBS Films
5Looper$41,875-14%491-205$85$64,910,6617Sony / TriStar
6Chasing Mavericks$26,240-10%459-1571$57$5,439,4943Fox
7Trouble with the Curve$22,315-7%421135$53$35,402,2468Warner Bros.
8The Dark Knight Rises$10,8237%243-48$45$447,817,85717Warner Bros.
10End of Watch$7,825-18%125-33$63$39,073,9588Open Road
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,77418%147-10$46$160,604,96018Fox
12The Expendables 2$5,47310%134-39$41$84,982,03613Lionsgate
13The Campaign$4,8565%138-50$35$86,867,80114Warner Bros.
14The Possession$4,08010%121-34$34$49,095,08811Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$89,279-6%11--$8,116$1,418,8361Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$19,175-1%6253$309$372,5922Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$13,376-11%520$257$9,740,05030Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$12,1826%88-50$138$15,738,6459Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,107101%300$304$21,281,02884Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Arbitrage$7,604-9%87-31$87$7,707,7889Roadside Attractions
7This Must Be the Place$4,0524%119$368$59,6542Weinstein Company
8The Intouchables$3,8828%346$114$12,990,34625Weinstein Company
9Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,608741%2-2$1,304$79,0976Roadside Attractions
10House at the End of the Street$2,38810%78-50$31$31,252,3948Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,17321%82-13$27$48,828,50315Fox
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,70011%43-27$40$3,321,8465Atlas Distribution
13Lawless$849-24%20-15$42$37,383,54811Weinstein Company
14Won't Back Down$734-6%38-3$19$5,302,4057Fox
15Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$407-17%38-22$11$143,8432UTV Communications
16The Bay$65-12%1-22$65$30,6682Roadside Attractions