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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$14,064,000-41%3,22257$4,365$93,666,5303Universal
2Snitch (2013)$13,000,000--2,511--$5,177$13,000,0001Lionsgate / Summit
3Escape From Planet Earth$11,013,000-31%3,35365$3,285$35,143,6622Weinstein Company
4Safe Haven$10,600,000-50%3,2230$3,289$48,061,6432Relativity Media
5A Good Day to Die Hard$10,000,000-60%3,5552$2,813$51,802,2642Fox
6Dark Skies$8,850,000--2,313--$3,826$8,850,0001Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$6,051,000-3%2,012-190$3,007$107,476,14615Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$4,750,000-46%2,644-253$1,797$58,168,0534Lionsgate / Summit
9Side Effects (2013)$3,511,000-44%2,070-535$1,696$25,253,5163Open Road
10Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,410,000-55%2,9500$1,156$16,372,2652Warner Bros.
11Zero Dark Thirty$2,250,000-25%1,197-330$1,880$91,558,99110Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,640,000-53%1,425-678$1,151$52,900,5545Paramount
13Mama$1,163,000-57%1,163-485$1,000$70,219,6706Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,965,000-10%802-101$2,450$129,791,33720Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,550,000-1%572-75$2,710$113,469,76014Fox
3Lincoln$1,495,000-9%875-132$1,709$178,617,49016Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$1,192,000-9%35623$3,348$8,911,0647Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$1,036,000-32%659-358$1,572$158,847,7759Weinstein Company
6Amour$816,46816%32822$2,489$5,247,52410Sony Pictures Classics
7Les Miserables (2012)$657,000-24%462-214$1,422$146,718,8659Universal
8Wreck-It Ralph$648,000-18%402-104$1,612$186,678,54117Disney
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$545,000-45%388-217$1,405$300,946,89611Warner Bros. / New Line
10Bless Me, Ultima$502,562--263--$1,911$502,5621Arenas Entertainment
11Rise of The Guardians$370,000-12%305-33$1,213$102,016,94714Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$320,000-35%381-222$840$75,795,7839Fox
13The Impossible$288,000-40%273-149$1,055$18,051,48310Lionsgate / Summit
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$210,000-26%223-31$942$292,120,43115Lionsgate / Summit
15A Haunted House$205,000-31%302-38$679$39,866,7047Open Road
16The Guilt Trip$135,000161%18698$726$36,959,06410Paramount
17Parker$95,000-79%212-493$448$17,337,7705FilmDistrict
18Jack Reacher$77,000-40%100-75$770$79,472,47210Paramount
19The Last Stand$56,000117%11460$491$12,027,0056Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Gatekeepers$153,596240%1915$8,084$400,4364Sony Pictures Classics
2No (2013)$82,35415%62$13,726$194,6362Sony Pictures Classics
3Hyde Park on Hudson$61,811-39%65-21$951$6,124,89612Focus
4This is 40$49,000-51%96-71$510$67,524,41510Universal
5Stand Up Guys$35,000-67%41-78$854$3,263,6294Lionsgate / Roadside
6Like Someone in Love$22,8765%96$2,542$57,0102IFC Films
7Koch$22,569-40%9-2$2,508$169,6154Zeitgeist Films
8Texas Chainsaw 3D$20,000-67%44-52$455$34,333,2948Lionsgate
9Anna Karenina (2012)$18,524-55%28-23$662$12,804,83415Focus
10Chasing Ice$12,697--17--$747$1,212,29616Submarine Deluxe