NORTH AMERICA: 4-Day Estimates: 'War Room' Moves into First Place with $12.55M; 'Straight Outta Compton' Second with $11.06M; 'A Walk in the Woods' Surprises in Third with $10.35M; 'Transporter Refueled' Debuts Softly with $9.0M

on September 05, 2015

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Monday Update: Sony's War Room moved into first place over Labor Day weekend with an estimated four-day holiday gross of $12.55 million. The low-budget Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film from TriStar and AFFIRM Films was up one spot and 11 percent from last weekend's three-day start. In addition to the holiday frame, War Room also benefited from strong word of mouth and from expanding into an additional 391 locations this weekend. War Room has grossed a stronger than expected $27.86 million through eleven days of release. That places the film an impressive 66 percent ahead of the $16.75 million eleven-day take of 2011's Courageous. War Room grossed an estimated $9.45 million over the three-day frame.

After leading the box office each of the past three weekends, Straight Outta Compton fell to second this weekend with an estimated $11.06 million four-day take. The successful F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic from Universal was down 16 percent from last weekend and trailed War Room by $1.49 million over the four-day frame. While it remains fairly front-loaded, Straight Outta Compton continues to impress in a big way with a 25-day take of $149.996 million. Straight Outta Compton is running 42 percent ahead of the $105.87 million 25-day gross of last year's Ride Along. The estimated three-day gross for Straight Outta Compton is $8.65 million.

Broad Green Pictures' A Walk in the Woods was off to a nice third place start with an estimated four-day take of $10.35 million. The Robert Redford led comedy adventure exceeded its modest expectations and had a noteworthy performance as Broad Green's first wide release. Since opening on Wednesday A Walk in the Woods has grossed $12.25 million in six days. Lower profile films aimed at adult audiences have a history of over-performing over Labor Day weekend and A Walk in the Woods certainly continued that trend this weekend. A Walk in the Woods is running 17 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day Labor Day launch of 2011's The Debt. The estimated three-day gross for A Walk in the Woods is $8.25 million. The film received a solid B rating on CinemaScore.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation claimed fourth place with an estimated $9.30 million over the four-day frame. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount held up very nicely as it was up 14 percent from last weekend. Thanks in part to strong holding power throughout its run, Rogue Nation has grossed a very healthy $182.54 million in 39 days. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $168.10 million 39-day gross of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation took in an estimated $7.18 million over the three-day weekend.

EuropaCorp Films' The Transporter Refueled followed closely behind in fifth with an estimated $9.00 million. The fourth installment of the action thriller franchise opened towards the lower end of its modest expectations. As was the case for Broad Green's A Walk in the Woods, The Transporter Refueled represented the first wide release for new distributor EuropaCorp Films. The film opened just below the recent $9.12 million four-day start of Hitman: Agent 47 and 55 percent below the $20.10 million four-day debut of 2005's Transporter 2. The Transporter Refueled is likely to be front-loaded going forward, especially given its modest B- rating on CinemaScore and its current Flixster audience score of just 35 percent. The estimated three-day take for The Transporter Refueled is $7.23 million.

The Weinstein Company's No Escape placed in sixth with an estimated $7.03 million. The action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell was down a very solid 13 percent from last weekend. No Escape has grossed $20.03 million through thirteen days, which places it 9 percent ahead of the $18.37 million thirteen-day take of last year's The November Man. No Escape grossed an estimated $5.45 million over the three-day frame.

Upon receiving a major re-expansion this weekend, Inside Out finished in seventh place over the four-day frame with an estimated $4.54 million. The 3D computer animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar is now on the verge of reaching the $350 million domestic mark with a total gross of $349.62 million to date. Inside Out took in an estimated $3.23 million over the three-day weekend.

Meanwhile, Un Gallo con muchos Huevos debuted in ninth place over the four-day frame with an estimated $4.42 million. The Spanish-language computer animated film from Lionsgate and Pantelion claimed a strong per-location average of $11,190 from 395 locations. Un Gallo con muchos Huevos opened 31.5 percent ahead of the $3.36 million four-day Labor Day weekend start of Cantinflas last year. The estimated three-day gross for Un Gallo con muchos Huevos is $3.42 million.

Sunday Update: Sony's War Room moved into first place over the three-day portion of the Labor Day holiday weekend with an estimated $9.35 million. The low-budget Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film from TriStar and AFFIRM Films was up one spot and down just 18 percent from last weekend. In addition to the holiday frame, War Room also benefited from strong word of mouth and from expanding into an additional 391 locations this weekend. War Room has grossed a stronger than expected $24.66 million through ten days of release. That places the film an impressive 53 percent ahead of the $16.16 million ten-day take of 2011's Courageous. The current four-day estimate for War Room stands at $12.3 million.

After leading the box office each of the past three weekends, Straight Outta Compton fell to second this weekend with an estimated $8.85 million three-day take. The successful F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic from Universal was down 33 percent from last weekend and trailed War Room by a slim $495,000 over the three-day frame. While it remains fairly front-loaded, Straight Outta Compton continues to impress in a big way with a 24-day take of $147.79 million. Straight Outta Compton is running 40 percent ahead of the $105.31 million 24-day gross of last year's Ride Along. The current four-day estimate for Straight Outta Compton is $11.23 million.

Broad Green Pictures' A Walk in the Woods was off to a nice third place start with an estimated $8.17 million. The Robert Redford led comedy exceeded its modest expectations and had a noteworthy performance as Broad Green's first wide release. Since opening on Wednesday A Walk in the Woods has grossed $10.07 million in five days. Lower profile films aimed at adult audiences have a history of over-performing over Labor Day weekend and A Walk in the Woods certainly continued that trend this weekend. A Walk in the Woods is running 15 percent behind the $11.81 million five-day Labor Day launch of 2011's The Debt. The four-day weekend estimate for A Walk in the Woods is $10.27 million. The film received a solid B rating on CinemaScore.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation claimed fourth place with an estimated $7.15 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount held up very nicely as it was down just 12 percent from last weekend. Thanks in part to strong holding power throughout its run, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation has grossed a very healthy $180.39 million in 38 days. That places the film 7.5 percent ahead of the $167.85 million 38-day gross of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

EuropaCorp Films' The Transporter Refueled followed closely behind in fifth with an estimated $7.13 million. The fourth installment of the action thriller franchise opened towards the lower end of its modest expectations. As was the case for Broad Green's A Walk in the Woods, The Transporter Refueled represented the first wide release for new distributor EuropaCorp Films. The film opened 14 percent below the recent $8.33 million debut of Hitman: Agent 47 and 57 percent below the $16.54 million opening of 2005's Transporter 2. The Transporter Refueled is likely to be front-loaded going forward, especially given its modest B- rating on CinemaScore and its current Flixster audience score of just 34 percent. The current four-day estimate is $8.7 million for The Transporter Refueled.

The Weinstein Company's No Escape placed in sixth with an estimated $5.45 million. The action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell was down a solid 33 percent from last weekend. No Escape has grossed $18.45 million through twelve days, which places it 3 percent ahead of the $17.98 million twelve-day take of last year's The November Man. BoxOffice is currently projecting a four-day weekend gross of $7.0 million for No Escape.

Meanwhile, Un Gallo con muchos Huevos debuted in eighth place over the three-day frame with an estimated $3.40 million. The Spanish-language computer animated film from Lionsgate and Pantelion claimed a healthy per-location average of $8,608 from 395 locations. Un Gallo con muchos Huevos opened 28 percent ahead of the $2.66 million three-day Labor Day weekend start of Cantinflas last year. The current four-day estimate for Un Gallo con muchos Huevos stands at $4.4 million.

Saturday Update: The Transporter Refueled debuted in first place on Friday, but only by a hair. The fourth film in the action franchise took in $2.4 million yesterday, 23 percent less than Hitman: Agent 47 last week and 57 percent behind The Transporter 2's opening day ahead of Labor Day weekend in 2005. Word of mouth is sour so far with just a 34 percent Flixster score this morning, and an even lower 18 percent score from Rotten Tomatoes critics. BoxOffice is projecting a three-day opening of $6.5 million and a four-day holiday frame of $7.8 million.

War Room claimed second place to begin its sophomore frame with an estimated $2.325 million on Friday, down just 43 percent from opening day last week. The faith-based film has now totaled $17.64 million, putting it 39 percent ahead of the pace of 2011's Courageous. The pic is currently on pace for a strong three-day frame around $9.3 million and four-day of $11.75 million. Should those numbers hold, War Room would score an impressive first place box office victory for the weekend, although it will certainly be a close race through Monday's Labor Day holiday.

Universal reports that Straight Outta Compton posted another $2.23 million on Friday, off 42 percent from the same day last week. The biopic's total now stands at an excellent $141.2 million domestically. Look for a three-day weekend around $9.0 million and a four-day frame of $11.4 million.

A Walk In the Woods took fourth place yesterday with $2.2 million from 1,960 theaters, giving it a three-day total of $4.1 million since its Wednesday debut. The sleeper success is just 10 percent off the pace of 2011's The Debt and looks to be on track for a three-day weekend of $7.7 million with a four-day frame of $10.5 million. Should those projections hold, the film would tally over $12.5 million for its overall first six days in release.

Filling out the top five yesterday, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation continued to go about its business with just a 23 percent drop from last Friday to $1.675 million. That brings the hit franchise sequel's domestic total up to $174.9 million to date. BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million three-day weekend and $9.6 million four-day take.

Meanwhile, Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos earned an estimated $870,000 from 395 locations on opening day Friday. The PG-13 animated flick from Pantelion posted a $2,202 per-theater average yesterday, in line with last year's Labor Day weekend opener Cantinflas ($2,115 average) which posted a similar $808,000 first day from 382 theaters. Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos also reportedly earned a strong "A+" CinemaScore. BoxOffice projects a $3.0 million Friday-Sunday frame and $3.7 million for the four-day extended weekend.

Below are our three-day and four-day projections for the top 15 films this weekend:

1. War Room ($9.3 million three-day / $11.75 million four-day)
2. Straight Outta Compton ($9.0 million / $11.4 million)
3. A Walk In the Woods ($7.7 million / $10.5 million)
4. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation ($7.5 million / $9.6 million)
5. The Transporter Refueled ($6.5 million / $7.8 million)
6. No Escape ($5.0 million / $6.3 million)
7. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ($3.6 million / $4.5 million)
8. Sinister 2 ($3.2 million / $4.1 million)
9. Inside Out ($3.1 million / $4.3 million)
10. Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos ($3.0 million / $3.7 million)
11. Ant-Man ($2.8 million / $3.76 million)
12. Minions ($2.79 million / $3.8 million)
13. Jurassic World ($2.5 million / $3.4 million)
14. The Gift ($2.3 million / $2.9 million)
15. Hitman: Agent 47 ($1.9 million / $2.45 million

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for updated weekend projections from the studios.

Friday Update #2: According to early reports, Straight Outta Compton will finish in first place over the 4-day weekend with around $11.5 million.

The Transporter Refueled and A Walk in the Woods are running close to each other, with a range of $8 million-$10 million each for the 4-day.

Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio numbers.

Friday Update #1: Sources report that The Transporter Refueled grabbed an estimated $365,000 from Thursday night's early shows. By comparison, Hitman: Agent 47 scored $600,000 Thursday earnings two weeks ago, although it's arguable the Transporter sequel could be slightly less front-loaded with summer essentially over for many potential viewers.

More updates for this holiday weekend's tight box office race as they come...

Tags: The Transporter Refueled, A Walk in the Woods, War Room, Straight Outta Compton, north-america

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