Debuting in fourth place was the Owen Wilson thriller “No Escape” with $8.29 million. It’s smart stuff and given “War Room” was made on a dime (okay, $3 million) it’s the kind of profitable programmer studios dream of. “This can be a style that we’re very a lot dedicated to”.
A lackluster weekend at the box office finished with no changes at the top, but a three-time champion isn’t the story this weekend.
Whereas “We Are Your Pals” received misplaced within the shuffle of a historically quiet interval for the film enterprise, Dergarabedian stated, “Struggle Room” used its late-summer, little-competition launch date to its benefit. The latest from Alex Kendrick, who previously helmed church-approved pics like “Courageous” and “Fireproof“, managed an A+ CinemaScore, and 65% of its audience were women. “We Are Your Friends”, directed by Max Joseph (Catfish: The TV Series), placed No. 13 or No. 14. On the other hand, one of the most astonishing and surprising knockouts observed in the USA box office was claimed to be from War Room. Thing is the extra two days didn’t do much for the film, so including the weekend it barely hit $10.2 million. Soul Surfer, which tells the story of shark-attack victim Bethany Hamilton, earned more than $43 million in 2011, and last year’s Heaven is for Real, which starred Greg Kinnear as a father whose son has a near-death experience, went on to gross more than $91 million.
“It’s our relationship with the faith-based audiences across the country that has allowed Sony Pictures to maintain its longevity and continued success at the forefront of this business, and we’re thrilled to see that continue with ‘War Room, ‘” Rich Peluso, senior vice president of Sony Pictures, said in a statement.
Universal’s N.W.A biopic grossed an estimated $13.2 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Given that dreary pedigree, it’s no surprise that “We Are Your Friends” fell far short of projections, which had it debuting to roughly $8 million. The film also notched a 90% positive rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The film brought in $8.3 million, bringing its total haul to $170.4 million in its fifth week.
In limited release, “Grandma” added $309,000 from 19 theaters in its second weekend of release for a per-location average of $16,263 – the best of the week. While it’s extremely unlikely that it will hold on for another $8 million – re-expansions tend to drop off quickly – it’s not impossible and if it does, it will end up passing Titanic to become the #2 domestic grosser of all-time.
“We’re disappointed”, said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. Early reviews among mainstream media outlets have been considerably less than glowing for the film. It co-stars Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”) and Wes Bentley.