Box Office Report: “War Room” halts “Compton’s” roll

(SEPTEMBER 4 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2015)

  1. War Room (Week 2) – $9,350,000
  2. Straight Outta Compton (Week 4) – $8,850,000
  3. A Walk In The Woods (Opening) – $8,400,000
  4. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Week 6) – $7,150,000
  5. The Transporter Refueled (Opening) – $7,130,000
  6. No Escape (Week 2) – $5,445,000
  7. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Week 4) – $3,445,000
  8. Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos (Opening) – $3,400,000
  9. Sinister 2 (Week 3) – $3,377,000
  10. Inside Out (Week 12) – $3,146,000

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  • Well, it did it. War Room beat Straight Outta Compton. It’s unusual for a film to work it’s way to #1 after failing the first weekend, but it’s not uncommon. Inside Out did it on it’s third weekend in July after Jurassic World dominated so much. War Room has grossed $24M so far on a $3M budget but it has 36% on Rotten Tomatoes and 26% on Metacritic.
  • Meanwhile. although missing out on a fourth week on top, Straight Outta Compton is heading for $150M, only just over $2M shy with $147M total. It will probably catch up with Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey‘s $166M but their Pitch Perfect 2‘s $183M is a long shot. This box office power is very localised, as it’s only made $18M overseas.
  • A Walk In The Woods did a half-decent job at trying to push Compton off, but to no avail. At least it’s already outgrossed Robert Redford’s last notable leading roles All Is Lost‘s $6M and The Company You Keep‘s £5M domestic totals.
  • Rogue Nation has an impressive short drop of only 12.3% from last week, reaching $180M total. Maybe it won’t be too far from Ghost Protocol‘s $209M in another 6 weeks.
  • Transporter not so Refueled. The last time Jason Stathom was in the driver’s seat 10 years ago it broke the Labor Day weekend record with a $20M opening. Not much hope for this reboot, but I don’t think anyone but executives had any.
  • No Escape hits $18M domestic total so far. Probably a bit under its undisclosed budget.
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E. continues to cling onto the top 10 and has earned $39M total so far on a $75M budget.
  • Mexican animation film Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos (translates to A Rooster With Many Eggs) makes an impressive bid to get this far. Opening in only 395 theaters – compared with next lowest in the top 10, War Room‘s 1,526 – it has a theater average of $8.6k.
  • At least Sinister 2 can say it’s doubled its budget now with $23M gross total on a $10M budget.
  • Inside Out returns to the top 10 in the same way Jurassic World was revived last week. Disney have added 2,204 theaters while Universal added only 665 for World. But while Jurassic‘s theater average last week was $2.4k, Inside Out‘s is only $1k. Still, that $348M domestic gross so far is nothing to snuff about. It’s now Pixar’s #2 highest grossing film beating Finding Nemo. However, adjusting for inflation, it only ranks at #7.

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  • In other news, Jurassic World has crossed the billion mark in the foreign box office, the fourth film to do so including Universal’s Furious 7 and of course James Cameron’s pair Avatar and Titanic. Jurassic World is crawling towards Titanic‘s lifetime domestic gross record of $658M, only $12M away. Don’t be surprised if I’m reporting that near the end of October.
  • Sony seems to have tried to boost Adam Sandler’s Pixels‘ numbers by adding a few hundred theaters but to little avail. It’s grossed $73M on a $88M budget.
  • Dope had its little re-release of 1,012 theaters on top of last week’s 11, but it only grossed $390k with a theater average of $382. Still, $17M gross on a $700k budget isn’t bad.
  • Grandma again wins the theater average battle, with $9.4k per theater average, finally hitting $1M. Maybe Tomlin does have a campaign this year among all the youngsters and previous winners.

Sources: www.boxofficemojo.com