BOX OFFICE REPORT
August 28-30, 2015(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
TOP 51. Straight Outta Compton ($13.2 million)2. War Room ($11.0 million)3. Mission: Impossible 5 ($8.3 million)4. No Escape ($8.2 million)5. Sinister 2 ($4.6 million)
Despite losing its prime position on Friday, Straight Outta Compton managed to stay in first place overall for the third weekend in a row. That makes it only the second movie to do that this summer, after fellow Universal powerhouse Jurassic World pulled the trick in June. This is probably the end of the line for the N.W.A. biopic at the top, but it far exceeded anyone's expectations.
The film that nearly made that happen early was War Room, an independently funded Christian film playing in only one-third the theaters. The film, which also featured a predominantly African-American cast, is the latest from the Kendrick Brothers, whose terrible films are extremely popular in the evangelical Christian community. They've scored in the past with Fireproof, starring Kirk Cameron, and the Remember the Titans rip-off Facing the Giants. Their latest is their biggest debut yet, and could have similar sleeper success like last year's sermon-in-disguise God's Not Dead.
Rogue Nation slipped to No. 3, but could fall farther once final numbers are released. Only $12,000 separate it from newcomer No Escape. That action film, which featured Owen Wilson trying to protect his family in the midst of a military coup in a foreign country, has made $10.3 million since opening Wednesday. Sinister 2 rounded out the top 5, but it's going to be lucky if it even tops $30 million.
Outside the top 5: - This Weekend's Indie Champ: Grandma repeated the feat again. The Lily Tomlin comedy added 15 screens, but still managed to average $16,263.
- Despite being called We Are Your Friends, the aspiring-DJ drama starring Zac Efron had no friends at the box office. The film debuted all the way in 13th place, below even the eighth week of Minions and barely above the fifth week of Vacation. It opened on more than 2,000 screens and only made $1.8 million. That's the third-worst opening ever, behind family-friendly disasters The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure and Delgo.
- One other movie We Are Your Friends did worse than: Jurassic World, doubled its theater count and took in an additional $3.1 million. My guess is Universal is trying to go for that No. 2 all-time spot. Their now only $15 million behind Titanic. Given the lack of competition until later in September, it just might pull it off.
Next week: The Transporter Refueled is the only new wide release, and it will absolutely be No. 1. $15 million should be easy enough, even if this one doesn't feature Jason Statham.