'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 Sun, Oct. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$7,401,895-46%3,820160$1,938$169,563,2913Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$3,951,792-46%3,0200$1,309$52,443,3282Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$3,321,114-47%3,157--$1,052$16,101,5521Sony / Screen Gems
4Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,577,971-43%3,602-272$716$92,709,5594Sony / Columbia
5Escape Plan$2,538,377-36%2,883--$880$9,885,7321Lionsgate / Summit
6Prisoners$501,133-47%2,160-695$232$57,258,3935Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$418,672-42%2,011-1015$208$17,576,5603Fox
8The Fifth Estate$399,010-42%1,769--$226$1,673,3511Disney / DreamWorks
9Machete Kills$345,001-32%2,5380$136$6,402,3742Open Road
10Rush (2013)$310,650-45%1,197-933$260$24,623,2945Universal
11Insidious: Chapter 2$296,224-60%1,665-491$178$80,890,0836FilmDistrict
12Don Jon$290,292-43%1,114-882$261$22,479,5774Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$422,431-48%757151$558$10,737,9665Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$240,251-56%865-455$278$20,001,0294Fox Searchlight
3Pulling Strings$225,314-5%43810$514$5,163,7523Lionsgate / Pantelion
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$224,964-43%457--$492$971,8261High Top Releasing
5Instructions Not Included$192,781-12%475-236$406$43,542,1388Lionsgate / Pantelion
6We're the Millers$159,278-56%881-269$181$147,710,41611Warner Bros. / New Line
7Despicable Me 2$128,375-44%395-39$325$363,741,08016Universal
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$97,697-45%602-378$162$114,282,70010Weinstein Company
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$75,010-47%350-54$214$66,921,92711Fox
10Grace Unplugged$59,193-40%313-189$189$2,177,7303Roadside Attractions
11Romeo and Juliet (2013)$54,546-45%4610$118$938,2012Relativity Media
12The Smurfs 2$54,452-41%242-26$225$70,630,58612Sony / Columbia
13The Family (2013)$52,247-47%483-567$108$36,295,4456Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$51,126-48%223-38$229$133,123,82015Sony / Columbia
15The Wolverine$38,359-45%207-20$185$132,078,65113Fox
16Turbo$33,886-38%149-38$227$82,628,80814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
182 Guns$24,240-40%135-31$180$75,573,30012Universal
19The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$24,147-34%1470$164$441,0732Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20The Heat$16,342-54%103-36$159$159,403,24417Fox
21The Conjuring$9,744-52%113-32$86$137,344,44114Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$268,121-30%19--$14,112$923,7151Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$28,408-29%6--$4,735$93,5831Roadside Attractions
3Elysium$13,827-44%93-47$149$92,468,06611Sony / TriStar
4Battle of the Year$11,880-43%86-124$138$8,888,3555Sony / Screen Gems
5A.C.O.D.$11,744-42%4224$280$121,3403The Film Arcade
6In a World...$9,940-37%47-7$211$2,837,65311Roadside Attractions
7The Spectacular Now$6,047-35%5421$112$6,811,44512A24
8Haute Cuisine$5,811-36%21-9$277$190,7565Weinstein Company
9Linsanity$5,391-29%9-7$599$227,9083Ketchup Entertainment
10Shahid$3,384-32%16--$212$12,1531UTV Motion Pictures
11Thanks for Sharing$3,070-22%14-2$219$1,045,0385Roadside Attractions
12The World's End$3,003-53%40-33$75$25,934,3259Focus
13We Are What We Are (2013)$2,181-42%12-1$182$64,0434eOne Films US
14Fruitvale Station$1,650-66%20-21$83$16,086,92315Weinstein Company
15Populaire$1,233-30%14-7$88$175,2567Weinstein Company
16The Grandmaster$1,192-26%9-7$132$6,594,1369Weinstein Company
17Torn$1,066-32%1--$1,066$4,8811The Film Collective
18Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$230--1--$230$9,4874Rialto Pictures
19The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$167-85%31$56$22,3504Rialto Pictures
20Cassadaga$105-37%30$35$2,2412Archstone Distribution