'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, Mar. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,518,31675%3,95117$2,409$56,952,7932Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$7,901,86337%3,49020$2,264$72,870,1902Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$6,730,2481%3,115--$2,161$13,392,6631Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$4,679,01046%3,18370$1,470$66,067,7353Universal
5The LEGO Movie$3,348,08163%3,040-250$1,101$234,628,3996Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$3,234,2301%1,896--$1,706$6,449,5581Lionsgate
7Son of God$2,208,10752%2,990-281$738$49,139,7663Fox
8The Monuments Men$939,56761%1,594-407$589$73,342,6136Sony / Columbia
9Frozen (2013)$937,24579%1,466-194$639$395,698,63917Disney
103 Days to Kill$772,32354%1,566-782$493$28,006,4374Relativity Media
11Ride Along$629,76046%1,024-299$615$131,781,3209Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$617,071-39%291--$2,121$1,620,8221Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$540,20160%925-140$584$54,744,79822Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$371,56057%965-749$385$56,279,1515Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$294,76241%624-450$472$47,650,1475Sony / Screen Gems
5American Hustle$293,31573%503-102$583$149,206,56914Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$257,86051%671-987$384$22,257,2034Sony / TriStar
7Gravity$250,59467%320-64$783$272,525,74724Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$204,16663%405-85$504$61,937,7539Open Road
9The Wolf of Wall Street$193,19966%286-73$676$116,241,34812Paramount
10Philomena$185,15463%502-168$369$36,528,93517Weinstein Company
11The Wind Rises$183,68770%305-191$602$4,140,6554Disney
12Dallas Buyers Club$168,51564%281-31$600$26,674,93320Focus
13Lone Survivor$121,66054%316-156$385$124,504,53612Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$110,03261%277-56$397$257,735,87114Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$87,99046%268135$328$424,282,09017Lionsgate
16Endless Love (2014)$68,11023%278-258$245$23,364,5755Universal
17Her (2013)$67,78454%121-34$560$25,201,13513Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$59,41340%15245$391$50,249,5849Paramount
19That Awkward Moment$56,23417%122-66$461$25,818,9457Focus
20August: Osage County$46,51461%2037$229$37,444,19012Weinstein Company
21Repentance$46,11453%126-31$366$1,089,7883Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Nebraska$34,45073%120-60$287$17,592,61318Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,436,15030%6662$21,760$3,678,5982Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$46,78824%6--$7,798$84,6501Focus
3Gloria (2014)$35,40356%75-1$472$1,880,0698Roadside Attractions
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$25,49234%88-45$290$58,103,18012Fox
5I, Frankenstein$19,71948%76-16$259$19,043,8978Lionsgate
6Ernest & Celestine$17,473178%93$1,941$55,6373GKIDS
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,86767%74-37$214$119,781,16225Sony / Columbia
8Walking With Dinosaurs$15,85761%98-66$162$35,969,44513Fox
9The Art of the Steal (2014)$15,79520%60--$263$28,9901RADiUS-TWC
10Stalingrad (2014)$13,43863%70-73$192$949,1193Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$12,39628%47-2$264$21,393,93119Fox
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$9,45947%50-254$189$127,338,34013Paramount
13Winter's Tale$7,84620%50-32$157$12,500,7195Warner Bros.
14Labor Day (2013)$6,27837%42-42$149$13,358,1967Paramount
15Free Birds$3,51950%32-42$110$55,745,25020Relativity Media
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,80741%23-19$122$8,304,77716Weinstein Company
17Vampire Academy$1,76982%12-20$147$7,758,2936Weinstein Company
18The Word$1,3688%1--$1,368$2,6401Scarlet Sky Productions
19Highway$438-17%1-8$438$528,5884UTV Motion Pictures