Final Box Office: ‘War Room’ Claims No. 1, ‘Jurassic World’ Passes $1 Billion
The reign has come to an end for Straight Outta Compton. In fact, this holiday weekend had some pretty big box office surprises in store. And this, after studios had the race for No. 1 spot as being too close to call!
Christian drama War Room dethroned Straight Outta Compton, which finally fell to No. 2 after three straight weekends at No. 1. Straight Outta Compton had been the highlight of a fairly weak August for new releases (well, relative to the rest of the summer, at least), although War Room looks to usher in the fall movie season in a big way. The faith-based drama from brotherly directing duo Stephen and Alex Kendrick, the men behind similar Christian hits like Courageous and Fireproof, were able to usher their latest film to the top, albeit to totals that were much lower than initially projected. In fact, none of the movies expected to reach in the double-digit millions got there. War Room came the closest, taking its $11.4 million projection and delivering a $9.5 million weekend. Meanwhile, Straight Outta Compton took its $13.5 million projection and brought in $8.9 million. Still, considering the three-week dominance of the hip-hop biopic, a dropoff was inevitable. And hey, War Room‘s gross is nothing to scoff at either, when you factor in that this film had just a $3 million budget.
However, the news wasn’t as good for the attempts at rebooting the Transporter franchise. The Transporter Refueled actually performed well below expectations, grossing only $7.2 million to come in at No. 4 behind the quiet, coming-of-old-age drama A Walk In the Woods. The movie, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, eked out a No. 3 placement with $8.3 million, a pretty big shock for a film that hasn’t really gotten much in the way of promotion. It’s really becoming more evident than ever that strong word-of-mouth is worth its weight in gold to smaller films and big films alike. Spanish-language animated newcomer Un Gallo Con Mucho Huevos (A Rooster with Many Eggs) cracked the Top 10 this week at No. 9 with solid critical and audience reviews, whereas Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation continues to enjoy almost universal acclaim and box office prominence, rounding out the Top 5 this weekend with an additional $7.2 million. So yeah, word-of-mouth is slowly becoming a bigger deal than many studios might have anticipated. Hell, poor word-of-mouth pretty much sunk Fantastic Four before it ever had a chance). Then again, marketing and hype helped get people in the theater for Jurassic World, but something else (whether quality, star power, or that elusive X factor) kept audiences coming back for more.
Case in point, the dinosaur blockbuster hit a milestone this weekend as Jurassic World surpassed $1 billion overseas, becoming only the fourth film in history to do so after Titanic, Avatar and Furious 7. Between Furious 7 and Jurassic World alone, this has been a monumental year, but when you factor in successes like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Inside Out and Straight Outta Compton, this has basically been one of the biggest summers in motion picture history, with only the summer of 2013 performing better (with Iron Man 3, Despicable Me 2, Fast and Furious 6, and Monsters University combining for bigger overall profits). Still, no matter how you cut it, this has been one hell of a summer for movies.
But how did the other films perform at the weekend box office? Check out the Top 10 list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 09/07/2015:
1. War Room ($9.5 million)
2. Straight Outta Compton ($8.9 million)
3. A Walk in the Woods ($8.3 million)
4. The Transporter Refueled ($7.2 million)
5. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($7.2 million)
6. No Escape ($5.4 million)
7. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ($3.44 million)
8. Sinister 2 ($3.43 million)
9. Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos ($3.42 million)
10. Inside Out ($3.2 million)
Via: Box Office Mojo
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!
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