'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, Dec. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$27,739,815-25%4,045--$6,858$64,865,3621Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$3,406,316124%3,387-252$1,006$68,872,0804Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$3,211,24066%2,285271$1,405$105,802,9786Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$3,044,05667%2,924-477$1,041$270,229,9386Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$2,381,21471%2,548-398$935$67,929,5264Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,256,23652%3,042-604$742$275,431,1125Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$1,544,383124%2,249-497$687$167,740,1177Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,360,67735%2,8403$479$9,963,0482FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$1,096,79557%2,250-504$487$40,289,4634FilmDistrict
11Killing Them Softly$423,99143%1,427-997$297$13,853,3073Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$932,09160%3710$2,512$16,385,4915Weinstein Company
2Argo$541,82378%667-277$812$104,631,05110Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$486,78261%561380$868$2,753,8154Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$423,81551%409-13$1,036$8,063,1465Focus
5The Collection$226,05339%621-782$364$6,380,7803LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$133,52964%339-91$394$138,058,80911Fox
7Pitch Perfect$107,90044%332-55$325$63,806,34312Universal
8Talaash$76,09663%113-49$673$2,660,3313Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$66,20669%151-46$438$5,166,5179Fox Searchlight
10Looper$38,67355%190-42$204$66,279,08012Sony / TriStar
11Here Comes the Boom$38,26976%150-84$255$42,658,57010Sony / Columbia
12End of Watch$37,08341%172-1077$216$40,442,12413Open Road
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$36,13639%125-50$289$16,982,72713Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$35,744106%136-60$263$143,902,75812Sony / Columbia
15Alex Cross$34,49872%175-39$197$25,720,5899Lionsgate / Summit
16Sinister$34,16163%184107$186$47,895,23810Lionsgate / Summit
17Paranormal Activity 4$25,46882%157109$162$53,791,0629Paramount
18Seven Psychopaths$19,74648%100-41$197$14,977,38410CBS Films
19The Man With the Iron Fists$16,80060%105-76$160$15,596,4707Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$131,11866%3632$3,642$322,0222Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$41,98757%14-3$2,999$426,2504Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$34,10956%98-93$348$26,595,8738Warner Bros.
4A Late Quartet$23,48278%46-17$510$1,069,7077Entertainment One / RKO
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$23,033156%84-6$274$160,997,68123Fox
6To the Arctic 3D$14,2882%520$275$10,198,95235Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$8,101114%2513$324$13,063,69930Weinstein Company
9Born to Be Wild 3D$7,88329%300$263$21,503,81489Warner Bros. / IMAX
10House at the End of the Street$5,44478%41-27$133$31,604,75213Relativity Media
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$5,43561%45-31$121$17,526,4378Open Road
12Hecho en Mexico$5,16266%10-16$516$140,0653Lionsgate / Pantelion
13The Master$3,94092%14-9$281$15,909,12714Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$2,26323%10-15$226$7,888,29214Roadside Attractions
15This Must Be the Place$1,28748%3-2$429$141,3267Weinstein Company
16Let Fury Have the Hour$939-20%1--$939$2,1161CAVU Pictures