'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 Fri, Oct. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$12,601,068136%3,66085$3,443$91,735,9872Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$8,488,587--3,020--$2,811$8,488,5871Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$3,553,759262%3,874-127$917$67,390,4363Sony / Columbia
4Machete Kills$1,442,747--2,538--$568$1,442,7471Open Road
5Runner Runner$1,165,888112%3,0260$385$11,554,8462Fox
6Prisoners$1,052,594130%2,855-381$369$51,007,4734Warner Bros.
7Insidious: Chapter 2$805,302224%2,156-451$374$76,602,3195FilmDistrict
8Don Jon$763,22899%1,996-426$382$18,564,3783Relativity Media
9Rush (2013)$713,55082%2,130-178$335$20,550,8194Universal
10Baggage Claim$572,783150%1,320-710$434$16,770,2613Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$329,689169%1,150-456$287$145,753,57610Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$167,17133%1,050-973$159$35,391,5205Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$538,321166%606169$888$6,789,9204Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$251,532134%42841$588$3,226,0002Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$213,073140%711-147$300$41,887,5617Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Romeo and Juliet (2013)$192,609--461--$418$192,6091Relativity Media
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$168,47136%980-583$172$113,089,2429Weinstein Company
6Grace Unplugged$153,374177%502-9$306$1,377,4822Roadside Attractions
7Despicable Me 2$134,540326%434-51$310$362,689,05515Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$101,679166%404-109$252$66,222,73210Fox
9The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$78,208--147--$532$78,2081Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Grown Ups 2$73,620--261-74$282$132,630,64914Sony / Columbia
12The Smurfs 2$67,440--268112$252$70,150,14811Sony / Columbia
13The Wolverine$51,715172%227-14$228$131,717,69012Fox
14Turbo$43,086128%187-35$230$82,328,38013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Battle of the Year$36,413-8%210-697$173$8,686,8964Sony / Screen Gems
16Red 2$33,24993%168-35$198$53,143,55813Lionsgate / Summit
172 Guns$33,185138%166-34$200$75,339,68511Universal
18The Heat$28,070153%139-43$202$159,211,24416Fox
19Elysium$27,061--140-82$193$92,309,31410Sony / TriStar
20Besharam$19,51983%126-91$155$582,0602Reliance Entertainment
21The Conjuring$19,25265%145-57$133$137,225,71313Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$17,2186%167$1,076$149,9032Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$13,80074%54-24$256$2,749,51610Roadside Attractions
3You're Next$11,8731961%8742$136$18,441,3728Lionsgate
4Pacific Rim$9,72139%52-40$187$101,761,80014Warner Bros.
5The World's End$9,48217%73-58$130$25,880,2608Focus
6A.C.O.D.$9,266--1815$515$35,7052The Film Arcade
7Haute Cuisine$7,1503%30-30$238$135,6114Weinstein Company
8The Wizard of Oz 3D$6,971-54%50-196$139$5,469,9274Warner Bros.
9The Way, Way Back$6,733144%63-68$107$21,408,87115Fox Searchlight
10The Spectacular Now$6,73047%33-25$204$6,765,29611A24
11We Are What We Are (2013)$5,205289%135$400$36,4433eOne Films US
12Fruitvale Station$2,9612%41-35$72$16,064,54214Weinstein Company
13Salinger$2,82213%16-5$176$569,0876Weinstein Company
14The Grandmaster$2,273-19%16-19$142$6,579,9168Weinstein Company
15Populaire$1,770-34%21-37$84$163,3216Weinstein Company
16Thanks for Sharing$1,662-55%16-49$104$1,026,9644Roadside Attractions
17Cassadaga$1,430--3--$477$1,4301Archstone Distribution
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3139%20$157$17,4603Rialto Pictures