Grosses

'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 Thu, May. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$4,581,331-8%3,952--$1,159$117,348,3671Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$2,004,510-1%3,31132$605$99,679,8652Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,030,4171%3,991-333$258$177,101,1923Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$686,0695%3,019--$227$13,534,8051Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$555,971-3%3,054-252$182$74,098,4224Fox
6Heaven is for Real$369,6112%2,893-155$128$83,800,0785Sony / TriStar
7Captain America: The Winter Soldier$294,8490%2,271-430$130$251,840,9987Disney
8Rio 2$244,56611%2,371-602$103$119,098,0406Fox
9Moms' Night Out$195,62617%1,0462$187$7,965,8462Sony / TriStar
10Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$154,5714%2,578-80$60$7,233,2782Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$114,4148%630-140$182$55,932,44611Fox Searchlight
2Belle$107,9601%173128$624$2,199,7603Fox Searchlight
3Divergent$93,713-4%991-242$95$147,209,9219Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$89,81215%780-220$115$59,270,2349Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Bears$43,618-14%580-663$75$17,047,6515Disneynature
6The LEGO Movie$42,05911%355-46$118$254,514,48815Warner Bros.
7Brick Mansions$38,034-18%724-1230$53$19,803,7084Relativity Media
8The Railway Man$36,61110%1832$200$2,891,3936Weinstein Company
9Draft Day$24,6802%495-325$50$28,492,5606Lionsgate / Summit
10Transcendence$23,11212%315-200$73$22,733,9145Warner Bros.
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,15524%319-38$66$109,392,85211Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Noah$20,954-4%286-191$73$100,355,3068Paramount
13Non-Stop (2014)$18,805-5%220-16$85$91,518,70512Universal
14The Quiet Ones$11,155-12%341-792$33$8,408,9014Lionsgate
15300: Rise of an Empire$9,94740%155-36$64$106,530,87411Warner Bros.
16A Haunted House 2$9,504-10%124-402$77$17,096,8725Open Road
17Oculus$7,268-9%140-270$52$27,465,0366Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$81,8498%7266$1,137$1,288,2992Open Road
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$44,65841%371$1,207$1,969,0527Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$23,56710%5536$428$461,0362RADiUS-TWC
4The Immigrant$7,0363%3--$2,345$70,3401Weinstein Company
5The Hornet's Nest$3,72119%1713$219$65,4752Freestyle Releasing
6Bad Words$2,5656%8354$31$7,774,63910Focus
72 States$2,394-27%32-27$75$2,234,1105UTV Motion Pictures
8Blue Ruin$1,6982%24-37$71$245,7854RADiUS-TWC
9Son of God$1,26735%46-22$28$59,685,20812Fox
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$8950%8-21$112$121,1805Rialto Pictures
11Philomena$51682%9-4$57$37,709,97926Weinstein Company
12Joe (2014)$3591%10-13$36$373,3756Roadside Attractions
13The Unknown Known$164-36%3-3$55$267,5177RADiUS-TWC