'The Transporter Refueled' Leads Friday with Weak Debut; 'A Walk In the Woods' Continues Healthy DebutSeptember 05, 2015 03:55 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

The Transporter Refueled debuted in first place on Friday, but only by a hair. The fourth film in the action franchise took in $2.4 million yesterday, 23 percent less than Hitman: Agent 47 last week and 57 percent behind The Transporter 2's opening day ahead of Labor Day weekend in 2005. Word of mouth is sour so far with just a 34 percent Flixster score this morning, and an even lower 18 percent score from Rotten Tomatoes critics. BoxOffice is projecting a three-day opening of $6.5 million and a four-day holiday frame of $7.8 million.

War Room claimed second place to begin its sophomore frame with an estimated $2.325 million on Friday, down just 43 percent from opening day last week. The faith-based film has now totaled $17.64 million, putting it 39 percent ahead of the pace of 2011's Courageous. The pic is currently on pace for a strong three-day frame around $9.3 million and four-day of $11.75 million. Should those numbers hold, War Room would score an impressive first place box office victory for the weekend, although it will certainly be a close race through Monday's Labor Day holiday.

Universal reports that Straight Outta Compton posted another $2.23 million on Friday, off 42 percent from the same day last week. The biopic's total now stands at an excellent $141.2 million domestically. Look for a three-day weekend around $9.0 million and a four-day frame of $11.4 million.

A Walk In the Woods took fourth place yesterday with $2.2 million from 1,960 theaters, giving it a three-day total of $4.1 million since its Wednesday debut. The sleeper success is just 10 percent off the pace of 2011's The Debt and looks to be on track for a three-day weekend of $7.7 million with a four-day frame of $10.5 million. Should those projections hold, the film would tally over $12.5 million for its overall first six days in release.

Filling out the top five yesterday, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation continued to go about its business with just a 23 percent drop from last Friday to $1.675 million. That brings the hit franchise sequel's domestic total up to $174.9 million to date. BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million three-day weekend and $9.6 million four-day take.

Meanwhile, Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos earned an estimated $870,000 from 395 locations on opening day Friday. The PG-13 animated flick from Pantelion posted a $2,202 per-theater average yesterday, in line with last year's Labor Day weekend opener Cantinflas ($2,115 average) which posted a similar $808,000 first day from 382 theaters. Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos also reportedly earned a strong "A+" CinemaScore. BoxOffice projects a $3.0 million Friday-Sunday frame and $3.7 million for the four-day extended weekend.

Below are our three-day and four-day projections for the top 15 films this Labor Day weekend:

1. War Room ($9.3 million three-day / $11.75 million four-day)
2. Straight Outta Compton ($9.0 million / $11.4 million)
3. A Walk In the Woods ($7.7 million / $10.5 million)
4. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation ($7.5 million / $9.6 million)
5. The Transporter Refueled ($6.5 million / $7.8 million)
6. No Escape ($5.0 million / $6.3 million)
7. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ($3.6 million / $4.5 million)
8. Sinister 2 ($3.2 million / $4.1 million)
9. Inside Out ($3.1 million / $4.3 million)
10. Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos ($3.0 million / $3.7 million)
11. Ant-Man ($2.8 million / $3.76 million)
12. Minions ($2.79 million / $3.8 million)
13. Jurassic World ($2.5 million / $3.4 million)
14. The Gift ($2.3 million / $2.9 million)
15. Hitman: Agent 47 ($1.9 million / $2.45 million

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Dec. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$4,009,95518%4,1630$963$303,708,1622Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$2,500,5370%3,7423741$668$98,938,4112Disney
3Homefront$701,37039%2,570--$273$10,944,8611Open Road
4Thor: The Dark World$655,34523%3,286-427$199$187,891,6324Disney
5Delivery Man$512,49938%3,0360$169$20,239,2122Disney / DreamWorks
6The Book Thief$460,37931%1,2341164$373$8,675,5954Fox
7The Best Man Holiday$430,1055%1,717-324$250$63,929,8053Universal
8Last Vegas$214,78529%1,854-1072$116$58,980,2025CBS Films
912 Years a Slave$201,27727%1,165-309$173$33,515,2757Fox Searchlight
10Black Nativity$190,03417%1,516--$125$5,132,7321Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$165,63622%1,016-829$163$250,000,9759Warner Bros.
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$116,63911%1,503-1122$78$99,001,2176Paramount
13Free Birds$44,688-30%2,287-784$20$53,375,2775Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$394,42733%835831$472$5,329,0912Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$202,37826%69630$291$10,578,4445Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$111,74621%583--$192$1,486,4401FilmDistrict
4Captain Phillips$73,14821%807-849$91$102,857,4028Sony / Columbia
5Nebraska$68,54024%10274$672$1,603,0253Paramount Vantage
6Ender's Game$68,17411%843-1192$81$59,510,9725Lionsgate / Summit
7About Time$36,29047%331-719$110$14,724,6135Universal
8All Is Lost$21,17219%154-193$137$5,345,1717Roadside Attractions
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$17,849-25%707-414$25$115,075,32810Sony / Columbia
10Despicable Me 2$13,605-8%271-24$50$366,960,87022Universal
11Prisoners$11,58125%203-52$57$60,983,71011Warner Bros.
12Enough Said$8,52716%121-112$70$17,210,75311Fox Searchlight
13We're the Millers$6,85613%164-31$42$150,381,88517Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Family (2013)$6,14627%1304$47$36,820,71012Relativity Media
15Escape Plan$5,67173%141-126$40$24,564,7137Lionsgate / Summit
16Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,54418%163-22$34$68,249,62517Fox
17Insidious: Chapter 2$5,512-2%140-45$39$83,469,80812FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$4,888114%56-56$87$333,0582Reliance Entertainment
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,398-12%4--$1,100$93,6651Weinstein Company
3The Counselor$4,19662%78-51$54$16,863,6906Fox
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,926-14%71-53$55$115,649,65916Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$3,83511%68-12$56$44,414,70114Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Don Jon$3,00372%26-10$116$24,302,64410Relativity Media
7Linsanity$2,240306%3--$747$288,0399Ketchup Entertainment
8In a World...$63161%5-4$126$2,963,56517Roadside Attractions
9The World's End$52356%60$87$26,004,00715Focus
10Runner Runner$463-18%23-15$20$19,313,5099Fox
11Reaching for the Moon$316-16%43$79$44,5294Wolfe Releasing
12Contempt (2013 re-issue)$123-57%1--$123$33,64513Rialto Pictures
13Big Sur$5423%21$27$34,8885Ketchup Entertainment
14Romeo and Juliet (2013)$31-98%120$3$1,162,5858Relativity Media
15Grace Unplugged$29--4-6$7$2,507,1359Roadside Attractions