'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 Wed, Jul. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Hercules (2014)$2,614,620-31%3,595--$727$39,532,9031Paramount
3Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$1,846,187-26%3,668-301$503$179,020,5643Fox
4Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,369,156-17%3,83913$357$39,860,8762Disney
5The Purge: Anarchy$1,240,940-25%2,85650$435$56,284,2102Universal
6Sex Tape$809,156-22%3,0620$264$29,661,4512Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$598,983-22%1,762--$340$6,582,2611Clarius Entertainment
8Transformers: Age of Extinction$585,155-22%2,476-748$236$238,460,7895Paramount
9Tammy$424,152-18%2,562-840$166$79,599,8864Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$401,598-18%1,358-811$296$166,992,1497Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$360,263-18%1,613-616$223$186,960,6207Sony / Columbia
13Earth to Echo$238,829-11%1,272-1178$188$36,285,3744Relativity Media
14Begin Again$196,646-10%1,244-58$158$12,921,6015Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$254,574-7%361--$705$3,486,4371Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$222,745-3%10773$2,082$4,843,6893IFC Films
3Wish I Was Here$140,852-9%625557$225$2,320,0322Focus
4The Fluffy Movie$121,808-21%432--$282$1,731,5431Open Road
5America (2014)$114,936-10%760-270$151$13,614,2795Lionsgate
6Kick$108,699-46%177--$614$1,584,6791UTV Motion Pictures
7Chef$98,357-4%405-147$243$27,562,96412Open Road
8The Fault in Our Stars$93,260-10%387-170$241$122,999,2008Fox
9Edge of Tomorrow$72,184-13%353-249$204$97,935,8798Warner Bros.
10Jersey Boys$71,470-15%462-541$155$45,868,7686Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$57,993-14%289-98$201$231,457,47710Fox
12The LEGO Movie$53,59030%2020$265$257,687,55225Warner Bros.
13Godzilla (2014)$51,636-11%302-24$171$199,870,30011Warner Bros.
14Rio 2$42,897-6%230-26$187$130,805,67216Fox
15Blended$33,522-5%223-62$150$45,707,33210Warner Bros.
17Neighbors (2014)$26,060-7%208-22$125$149,571,05512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$66,41721%410$1,620$5,210,05417Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$16,063-3%74-16$217$3,145,2409eOne Films US
3I Origins$12,248-2%7672$161$155,1132Fox Searchlight
4Belle$9,92314%58-34$171$10,604,76813Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$6,6812%58-5$115$111,360,86021Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Words and Pictures$4,4716%28--$160$2,124,49210Roadside Attractions
7The Other Woman (2014)$4,047-10%39-21$104$83,877,91414Fox
8Yves Saint Laurent$2,426-20%8-3$303$249,6065Weinstein Company
9Come Back to Me$1,03019%10--$103$7,0471Freestyle Releasing
10God's Not Dead$89915%9-2$100$60,748,93019Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$45814%6-2$76$8,462,02712Clarius Entertainment
12Fed Up$225-33%131$17$1,529,61912RADiUS-TWC
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$20048%4-6$50$209,5728RADiUS-TWC
14The Hornet's Nest$20075%1--$200$312,38312Freestyle Releasing
15A Long Way Off$97-50%1--$97$29,2898Moving Visions Entertainment