'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, Jun. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$3,705,483-11%3,173--$1,168$65,975,2671Fox
3Edge of Tomorrow$2,292,160-17%3,490--$657$40,474,4831Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,389,681-19%3,639-362$382$196,440,1613Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$630,915-31%3,1602$200$33,860,6202Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$581,409-22%3,110-391$187$188,146,0094Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$453,260-38%2,674-265$170$140,652,9655Universal
8Blended$402,389-27%2,928-627$137$38,648,2293Warner Bros.
9Chef$312,461-17%1,298674$241$11,800,4535Open Road
10Million Dollar Arm$245,618-17%1,643-686$149$32,666,8794Disney
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$215,670-23%1,481-671$146$197,432,2946Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$145,542-5%702-281$207$126,251,0429Fox
2Belle$118,089-1%476-49$248$8,059,3426Fox Searchlight
3The LEGO Movie$61,8274%274-28$226$256,103,03118Warner Bros.
4Heaven is for Real$60,397-14%446-276$135$89,067,9148Sony / TriStar
5The Other Woman (2014)$53,699-25%489-625$110$82,488,6167Fox
6Divergent$45,8545%298-75$154$149,238,80712Lionsgate / Summit
7The Grand Seduction$40,535-12%10713$379$1,008,3502eOne Films US
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$35,356-7%224-30$158$110,478,98714Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9God's Not Dead$33,0103%20045$165$60,171,01612Freestyle / Pure Flix
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$32,921-8%185-64$178$57,913,34714Fox Searchlight
11Moms' Night Out$27,3033%292-91$94$10,027,4175Sony / TriStar
12The Immigrant$26,650-10%145-5$184$1,534,3544Weinstein Company
13Holiday (2014)$22,031-40%144--$153$537,4331Reliance Entertainment
15The Railway Man$11,779-12%177-319$67$4,281,6869Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$6,757-7%113-60$60$28,812,8399Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$3,540-11%105-23$34$22,997,2378Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$42,9730%390$1,102$2,817,47110Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$32,227-12%9885$329$671,2883Roadside Attractions
3Fed Up$17,869-6%88-16$203$1,285,3055RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$10,794-12%9954$109$20,166,2517Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$8,734-11%84-96$104$8,318,6855Clarius Entertainment
6A Haunted House 2$3,6965%44-30$84$17,329,4878Open Road
7Oculus$3,581-7%47-36$76$27,662,6819Relativity Media
8The Hornet's Nest$2,43459%16-26$152$295,1125Freestyle Releasing
9Filmistaan$1,454-7%24--$61$38,5311UTV Motion Pictures
10The Unknown Known$60285%3--$201$273,03810RADiUS-TWC
11Blue Ruin$410-52%3-3$137$255,8937RADiUS-TWC
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$83-71%1-3$83$138,8738Rialto Pictures