Box Office: Faith-Based 'War Room' Ties With 'Compton' on Friday

David Whitlow
'War Room'

Elsewhere, Zac Efron's 'We Are Your Friends' is suffering one of the worst wide openings of all time for wide studio release; 'No Escape,' starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan, gets love from adults.

Christian drama War Room is doing far better than expected in its North American box office debut, all but tying with champ Straight Outta Compton Friday with $3.8 million.

That's impressive, considering War Room is only rolling out in 1,135 theaters. Based on Friday's take of $3.87 million, it could post a $10 million debut for TriStar's faith-based Affirm label. (Friday's haul included $600,000 from Thursday night previews).

Compton, now in its third weekend and playing in 3,142 locations, is still expected to win the frame with roughly $12 million after grossing $3.83 million Friday. Through Sunday, the movie will have earned north of $133 million domestically.

War Room, nabbing an A+ CinemaScore, is the fifth collaboration from brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the directing and producing team behind such faith-based films as Fireproof and Courageous. The film — likely boasting the top opening for a faith-based film since Heaven is for Real in April 2014 ($22 million) — tells the story of a struggling family who searches for a solution through prayer. T.C. Stallings, Elizabeth Becka and Noel Baker star.

Among the weekend's other new entires, The Weinstein Co.'s No Escape, earning a B+ CinemaScore, is in a close race for the No. 3 spot with Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation. The political action-thriller, starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan, grossed $3 million Friday for a projected three-day weekend of $7.6 million. That would put No Escape's five-day debut at nearly $10 million after debuting Wednesday, thanks to love from adults.

The outlook is altogether grim for the weekend's third new entry, Zac Efron's We Are Your Friends, which is on course to score one of the worst debuts of all time for a Hollywood studio release opening in 2,000 to 2,500 theaters, not accounting for inflation.

We Are Your Friends, playing in 2,333 locations, took in $725,000 Friday for a projected weekend of $2 million or less.

Warner Bros. paid a modest $2 million to release We Are Your Friends in North America on behalf of Working Title Films and StudioCanal. In the film, Efron stars as a young DJ trying to break into the electronic dance music scene and become a producer. Wes Bentley and Emily Ratajkowski also star in the film, which earned a C+ CinemaScore and was directed by Max Joseph (Catfish: The TV Show).

We Are Your Friends will even be trumped by Jurassic World, which is being released in some 350 IMAX locations this weekend for an estimated take of $2.9 million.

Aug. 29, 7:45 a.m. Updated with Friday numbers.

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