'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. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$14,160,16640%4,10055$3,454$137,391,8932Warner Bros. / New Line
2Jack Reacher$5,663,77513%3,352--$1,690$10,685,5121Paramount
3This is 40$4,413,19519%2,913--$1,515$8,127,2701Universal
4Lincoln$2,233,20560%2,2938$974$114,773,4787Disney / DreamWorks
5Rise of The Guardians$2,232,62343%3,031-356$737$77,593,2725Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$2,062,41038%2,431--$848$5,582,8191Paramount
7Skyfall$1,915,15150%2,365-559$810$278,284,8117Sony / Columbia
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,882,65935%2,618--$719$4,758,3511Disney
9Life of Pi$1,527,60653%1,750-798$873$74,883,3715Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,009,82833%2,000-1042$505$280,777,0736Lionsgate / Summit
11Wreck-It Ralph$726,21653%1,444-805$503$171,123,5938Disney
12Red Dawn (2012)$306,47625%1,011-1239$303$42,382,8535FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$724,03665%3710$1,952$19,243,3576Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$706,232-13%840--$841$1,633,7951Paramount
3Argo$371,66777%450-217$826$106,116,80411Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$269,88062%331-78$815$9,406,7056Focus
6Hitchcock$240,42658%535-26$449$4,008,0045Fox Searchlight
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$161,64522%851-1989$190$12,280,0473FilmDistrict
8Hotel Transylvania$129,25657%301165$429$144,162,28513Sony / Columbia
9Here Comes the Boom$90,23551%291141$310$42,867,82211Sony / Columbia
10Taken 2$83,76042%275-64$305$138,407,77912Fox
11Pitch Perfect$50,29020%214-118$235$64,085,83813Universal
12Killing Them Softly$42,21732%149-1278$283$14,697,4004Weinstein Company
13The Collection$31,30725%112-509$280$6,786,9914LD Entertainment
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$29,34133%14116$208$17,121,01614Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$27,92338%1720$162$40,570,24514Open Road
16Looper$13,81938%100-90$138$66,386,33413Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$172,96790%8650$2,011$792,9583Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$154,69934%5--$30,940$499,1871Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$55,43047%15--$3,695$93,1561Lionsgate / Summit
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$48,05588%151$3,204$588,5115Warner Bros.
5The Sessions$41,857103%98-53$427$5,346,21910Fox Searchlight
6A Late Quartet$21,321125%39-7$547$1,148,2388Entertainment One / RKO
7To the Arctic 3D$16,88926%520$325$10,291,32136Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Cloud Atlas$15,48658%50-48$310$26,707,3799Warner Bros.
9Talaash$14,09378%25-88$564$2,788,1364Reliance Entertainment
10Sinister$11,47348%93-91$123$47,979,06211Lionsgate / Summit
11Alex Cross$11,32757%94-81$121$25,792,53410Lionsgate / Summit
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$10,67136%72-12$148$161,048,48724Fox
13Not Fade Away$7,36739%3--$2,456$12,6811Paramount Vantage
14Born to Be Wild 3D$6,12915%300$204$21,544,93890Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Master$4,92458%13-1$379$15,929,91915Weinstein Company
16Paranormal Activity 4$4,88343%50-107$98$53,846,04110Paramount
17The Intouchables$3,834105%7-18$548$13,091,44931Weinstein Company
19Arbitrage$1,50290%5-5$300$7,897,87915Roadside Attractions