'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 Wed, Mar. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,692,504-18%3,9120$688$152,945,9402Disney
2The Call$1,170,623-25%2,507--$467$21,102,2891Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$671,181-25%3,160--$212$12,486,9051Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$501,199-19%3,357-168$149$55,616,1253Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$396,990-10%2,842-160$140$124,799,6506Universal
621 And Over$288,024-19%2,424-347$119$22,856,9793Relativity Media
7Snitch (2013)$278,625-15%2,35313$118$38,132,9114Lionsgate / Summit
8Silver Linings Playbook$270,057-4%1,602-125$169$125,339,82018Weinstein Company
9Dead Man Down$233,154-18%2,1880$107$10,117,3582FilmDistrict
10Safe Haven$213,842-10%2,206-335$97$67,558,4955Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$174,443-13%2,211-338$79$52,715,3815Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$123,325-4%1,117-608$110$65,827,3485Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$74,699-15%1,575-1125$47$14,623,7893CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$138,3013%688-27$201$15,210,92810Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$123,676-15%646-25$191$121,720,45017Fox
3Emperor$78,111-1%31150$251$2,253,4712Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$60,280-11%402-200$150$30,659,8736Open Road
5Argo$50,441-7%540-201$93$135,334,28023Warner Bros.
6Warm Bodies$49,255-6%659-393$75$64,731,1927Lionsgate / Summit
7Lincoln$46,679-10%46634$100$181,548,49119Disney / DreamWorks
8Dark Skies$42,336-18%703-802$60$16,786,4294Weinstein / Dimension
9Zero Dark Thirty$41,424-8%450-72$92$95,440,19513Sony / Columbia
10Django Unchained$35,586-11%266-70$134$161,692,19412Weinstein Company
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$31,509-4%305-32$103$302,485,95814Warner Bros. / New Line
12Les Miserables (2012)$24,220-4%241-45$100$148,549,50512Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$16,257-11%213-62$76$103,055,09517Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$14,016-10%2223$63$76,586,07312Fox
16The Impossible$11,921-7%105-9$114$18,646,96713Lionsgate / Summit
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$11,181-13%130-95$86$54,713,1748Paramount
18Jack Reacher$9,171-9%130-64$71$80,061,78713Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,630-14%125-156$61$19,197,5105Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$30,785-23%9477$328$744,3083Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$10,366-32%520$199$11,720,65048Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$8,54461%300$285$22,227,548102Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bless Me, Ultima$7,24524%45-7$161$1,484,1674Arenas Entertainment
6Hyde Park on Hudson$5,50529%31-8$178$6,349,16815Focus
7Gangster Squad$4,432-9%50-40$89$45,933,87310Warner Bros.
8From Up on Poppy Hill$3,4062%2--$1,703$68,2731GKIDS
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,34212%45-11$74$321,2213Methinx Entertainment
10Girl Rising$2,760-82%10-3$276$409,2762Gathr Films
11Kai Po Che$2,539-2%42-29$60$1,086,8754UTV Motion Pictures
12Camp (2013)$2,35523%1511$157$71,2834Freestyle Releasing