After three consecutive weekends at the top, Straight Outta Compton finally relinquished its hold on first place, falling to War Room over the long Labor Day weekend.
War Room took a clear lead after three days of its release, earning an estimated $9.4 million in 1,526 locations, beating F Gary Gray’s film – about the birth of LA rap outfit NWA, which scored a respectable $8.85m to take second place in its fourth week on release.
War Room is a low-budget family drama about the healing power of prayer, whose success has been hailed as an example of the growing power of filmgoers with faith in North America.
-With great jobs, a beautiful daughter (Alena Pitts) and a dream house, the Jordans seem to have it all. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as husband Tony (T.C. Stallings) flirts with temptation and wife Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) becomes increasingly bitter, crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. Their lives take an unexpected turn for the better when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), who encourages the couple to find happiness through prayer-
With a budget of just $3 million, War Room has outpaced expectations since its $11.4 million debut last weekend, and its domestic total is now at $24.7 million. The PG-rated War Room has benefited from being one of the only faith-based films in theaters recently, and it’s the latest Christian hit from brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick.
Straight Outta Compton is projected to cross $150 million domestically by Monday. The N.W.A. biopic was the breakout hit of late summer, opening to a whopping $60.2 million and becoming the biggest musical biopic of all time.
Of the two new releases, A Walk in the Woods came out on top, besting expectations to earn $8.3 million over three days and bringing its total to $10.3 million since it opened on Wednesday. The adaptation of Bill Bryson’s book, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, targeted an older adult audience and, according to Rentrak, 91 percent of the audience was over 25. This weekend’s other new wide release, The Transporter: Refueled, only debuted to $7.1 million over three days, even though it opened in 3,434 theaters — one of the widest Labor Day releases ever.
Meanwhile, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation spent its sixth week in the top five, earning an estimated $7.2 million over three days. The fifth Mission: Impossible film just crossed $500 million globally, with a domestic total of $180 million.
Outside of the top five, the animated Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos opened in just 395 locations, earning $3.4 million over three days. The Mexican animated film, whose title translates to A Rooster With Many Eggs, earned an excellent $8,608 per theater.
All in all, Labor Day weekend marked a slow close to the summer box office race. This is the first weekend this year where not a single film made more than $10 million over three days.
So far, here are this weekend’s top 10 at the box office.
1. War Room — $9.4 million
2. Straight Outta Compton — $8.8 million
3. A Walk In The Woods — $8.3 million
4. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation — $7.2 million
5. The Transporter: Refueled — $7.1 million
6. No Escape: $5.445m, $18.446m
7. The Man From UNCLE: $3.445m, $39.374m
8. Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos: $3.4m – NEW
9. Sinister 2: $3.377m, $23.717m
10. Inside Out: $3.146m, $348.219m