FINAL UPDATE, TUESDAY, 2:45 PM: With Top 20 chart Sony/Affirm’s War Room came in better than expected over four days with $13.38M, giving the Kendrick Brothers film an 11-day cume of $28.7M. However, in a complete eye-opener, Broad Green’s A Walk In The Woods stole No. 2 from Universal/Legendary’s Straight Outta Compton by a whisker over four days: $10.9M to $10.8M (The N.W.A. biopic owned No. 2 over three days with $8.6M). Through six days, the Robert Redford-Nick Nolte outdoors dramedy has logged an estimated $12.8M. Compton counts $149.8M through four weekends.

Monday was up 1% over Sunday for War Room at $3.9M, while A Walk In The Woods brought in a bit more than expected with $2.6M vs. its projected Labor Day of $2.1M.

Paramount/Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation slotted fourth over FSSM with $9.4M and a six-weekend cume of $182.66M. Newcomer Transporter Refueled from EuropaCorp took fifth with $9M at 3,434 theaters. Lionsgate-Pantelion’s Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos laid $4.36M at 395 venues.

The top 20 films at the Labor Day weekend box office for the period of Sept. 4-7 per Rentrak Theatrical:
1). War Room (SONY), 1,526 theaters (+391) /3-day cume: $9.48M (-16%) / 4-day cume: $13.38M / Total cume: $28.7M / Wk 2

2). A Walk in the Woods (BGP), 1,962 theaters /3-day cume: $8.2M / 4-day cume: $10.9M / Total cume: $12.8M / Wk 1

3). Straight Outta Compton (UNI), 3,097 theaters (-45) /3-day cume: $8.6M (-34%)/ 4-day cume: $10.8M / Total cume: $149.8M / Wk 4

4). Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation (PAR), 2,849 theaters (-246) 3-day cume: $7.236M (-11%) / 4-day cume: $9.4M / Total cume: $182.66M / Wk 6

5). The Transporter Refueled (EURC), 3,434 theaters / 3-day cume: $7.36M / 4-day cume: $9M / Wk 1

6). No Escape (TWC), 3,415 theaters (+60)/ 3-day cume: $5.47M (-33%) / 4-day cume: $7M / Total cume: $20M / Wk 2

7.) Man From U.N.C.L.E (WB), 2,102 theaters (-604) / 3-day cume: $3.48M (-21%)/ 4-day cume: $4.52M / Total cume: $40.4M / Wk 4

8). Inside Out (DIS), 2,967 theaters (+2,204) / 3-day cume: $3.24M (+140%)/ 4-day cume: $4.45M / Total cume: $349.5M / Wk 12

9.). Gallo con Muchos Huevos (LGF), /3-day cume: $3.42M / Per screen average: $8,670 / 4-day cume: $4.36M / Per screen average: $11,030 / Wk 1

10.). Sinister 2 (Gramercy/Focus), 2,651 theaters (-148)/ 3-day cume: $3.45M (-26%)/ 4-day cume: $4.19M / Total cume: $24.5M / Wk 3

11). Minions (UNI), 1,927 theaters (-49)/3-day cume: $2.96M (+3%) /4-day cume: $3.9M/Total Cume: $329.8M / Wk 9

12). Ant-Man (DIS), 1,527 theaters (-163) /3-day cume: $2.87M (-6%) / 4-day cume: $3.77M / Total cume: $174.07M / Wk 8

13). The Gift (STX), 1,591 theaters (-343)/3-day cume: $2.67M (-11%) /4-day cume: $3.37M/Total Cume: $40.4M / Wk 5

14). Jurassic World (U), 1,571 theaters (+332) / 3-day cume: $2.69M (-11%)/ 4-day cume: $3.33M / Total cume: $647.37M / Wk 13

15). Hitman: Agent 47 (Fox), 2,191 theaters (-1082)/3-day cume: $2.18M (-48%) /4-day cume: $2.8M/Total Cume: $20.3M / Wk 3

16). Pixels (Sony), 1,420 theaters (+415)/3-day cume: $1.86M (+21%) /4-day cume: $2.54M/Total Cume: $73.9M / Wk 7

17). Trainwreck (U), 808 theaters (-149)/3-day cume: $1.49M (-10%)/4-day cume: $1.826M/Total cume: $107.5M/ Wk 8

18.). American Ultra (LGF), /3-day cume: $1.26M(-56%)/ 4-day cume: $1.6M / Total cume: $13.4M / Wk 3

19). Vacation (WB), 1,045 theaters (-510) 3-day cume: $1.2M (-26%) / 4-day cume: $1.49M / Total cume: $56.99M / Wk 6

20). Fantastic Four (Fox), 1,135 theaters (-540)/3-day cume: $1.1M (-38%) /4-day cume: $1.45M/Total Cume: $54.8M / Wk 5

 

— Anthony D’Alessandro

4TH UPDATE, MONDAY, 8:51 AM: Given the slow weekend, there’s not a tremendous amount of change here today other than Sony/Affirm’s War Room keeping the faith intact at No. 1 with a slightly higher three day of $9.44M and 4-day of $12.5M versus yesterday’s respective estimates of $9.35M FSS and $12.3M. Peg that to churchgoers heading to the multiplex after Sunday services, giving a 19% rise yesterday over Saturday. The Kendricks brothers film looks to make the most today among all films with a projected $3.09M. Rentrak is reporting that the Labor Day four-day weekend made $115M which is 19% down from last year’s holiday stretch.

Transporter Refueled is posting a slightly better weekend than yesterday AM’s estimates with an estimated $7.23M and $8.9M. Industry projections on our end had this shoot ’em up at $7M-$8M — it was never ever expected to do double-digits. The play for Europa was always overseas.  Among other newcomers, Broad Green’s A Walk In The Woods and Lionsgate-Pantelion’s Un Gallo Con Muchoes Huevos are also staying steady without any huge variances from their reported studio estimates yesterday.

Consider for a moment the power of grass roots marketing with War Room, which is typical with these faith-based films and their audiences: Sony only spent $2.27M in TV spots per iSpot.TV versus EuropaCorp’s $11.7M on TR and Broad Green’s modest $6.3M spend on A Walk In The Woods. War Room has spent below $500K or less on cable networks, targeting viewers on such channels as BET, Lifetime and VH1. One of the key shows they bought ads on: The 700 Club (no surprise there). TR‘s ads were bought heavily on male-demo networks like Comedy Central, ESPN and The Cartoon Network. Close to a third of A Walk In The Woods’ TV ad budget per iSpot was spent during the PGA Championship, with the trailer getting multiple airings on re-runs of such older demo shows as The Waltons, Little House On The Prairie and The Golden Girls. Per RelishMix, the 4M social media universe for A Walk In The Woods was light (of course, it’s the blue hair demo) with 800k YouTube views with reach of 1.4M on Facebook and 2M on Twitter. RelishMix also reports moderate social activity for TR with an SMU of 11M consisting of 5.8M YouTube views with Facebook reach of 5.1M and Twitter reach at 48k. Below lead TR man Ed Skrein doing his part to tubthump the film to his 12,600K Twitter followers:

In other big mentions today, STX’s first release, the horror-thriller The Gift, crossed $40M. Pic had a reported production cost of $5M, co-financed by Blumhouse. TV spend per iSpot.TV was $11.5M.

The top 10 based on industry estimates for the weekend of Sept. 4-7, ranked on FSSM figures. Monday’s % change is versus Sunday.

1). War Room (SONY), 1,526 theaters (+391) /Monday $3.09M (-15%)/ 3-day cume: $9.44M (-17%) / 4-day cume: $12.5M / Total cume: $27.8M / Wk 2

2). Straight Outta Compton (UNI), 3,097 theaters (-45) / $2.5M Mon. (-28%) / 3-day cume: $8.65M (-34%) / 4-day cume: $11.17M / Total cume: $150.1MM / Wk 4

3). A Walk in the Woods (BGP), 1,960 theaters / $2.2M Mon. (-24%) / 3-day cume: $8.24M / 4-day cume: $10.45M / Total cume: $12.4M / Wk 1

4). Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation (PAR), 2,849 theaters (-246) / $2.05M Mon. (-27%)/ 3-day cume: $7.17M (-12%)/ 4-day cume: $9.2M / Total cume: $182.45M / Wk 6

5). The Transporter Refueled (EURC), 3,434 theaters / $1.7M Mon. (-26%)/ 3-day cume: $7.23M / 4-day cume: $8.93M / Wk 1

6). No Escape (TWC), 3,415 theaters (+60) / $1.64M Mon. (-22%) / 3-day cume: $5.45M (-33%) / 4-day cume: $7.086M / Total cume: $20M / Wk 2

7). Inside Out (DIS), 2,967 theaters (+2,204) / $1.33M Mon. (+11%) / 3-day cume: $3.17M (+135%)/ 4-day cume: $4.5M / Total cume: $349.6M / Wk 12

8). Gallo con Muchos Huevos (LGF), 395 theaters / $1M Mon. (-23%)/ 3-day cume: $3.45M / Per screen average: $8,329 / 4-day cume: $4.45M / Per screen average: $11,265 / Wk 1

9). Man From U.N.C.L.E (WB), 2,102 theaters (-604) / $995K Mon. (-23%) / 3-day cume: $3.43M (-23%)/ 4-day cume: $4.43M / Total cume: $40.4M / Wk 4

10). Sinister 2 (Gramercy/Focus), 2,651 theaters (-148) / $822K Mon.  (-32%)/ 3-day cume: $3.43M (-27%)/ 4-day cume: $4.26M / Total cume: $24.6M / Wk 3

— Anthony D’Alessandro

3RD UPDATE, SUNDAY 8:10 AM: N.W.A.’s reign at the top of the box office charts has been thwarted by the Lord with Sony/Affirm’s faith-based title War Room taking No. 1 on both a 3-day and 4-day basis, with respective estimates of $9.24M and $12.1M. Through 10 days, the Kendrick Brothers film has made$27.5M.  Sony sees $9.35M for FSS and $12.3M for FSSM.

straight outta comptonUniversal has already ceded the top spot to War Room in its reporting, showing Straight Outta Compton at $8.5M over FSS and $11.2M over FSSM. Still, an awesome turnout for African American-driven titles atop the box office. Originally, the expectation heading into the weekend by many was that Compton would match Uni’s Furious 7 with a four-weekend run at No. 1.

Both War Room and Compton had huge Saturday spikes in the low +40%s and Sunday is projected to swell for both titles. Analysts are giving the upper hand to War Room with +15% today over Saturday’s $3.2M due to churchgoers heading to the movies post-mass, while Compton should see a +5% increase over yesterday’s business of $3.17M.

War Room comes as good news for Sony and a hope that better times are on the horizon for the Culver City studio as it heads into fall with Spectre, Will Smith’s Concussion and Hotel Transylvania 2. War Room is no tentpole, but it’s profitable with a budget of $3.5M. Through Thursday, Sony has suffered at the summer box office seeing receipts of $157.6M, down 74%. To give you an idea of how audiences have been responding to War Room, Deadline’s Pete Hammond attended a full house screening at The Rave in West Los Angeles last week where audiences were exploding in applause to actress Karen Abercrombie’s holy-fueled monologues.

As expected, Labor Day frame, with Rentrak reporting $87M in ticket sales, was down 18% over last year. Year to date total domestic B.O. is at $7.7B, 5% ahead of the same frame a year ago.

walk in woodsFrosh label Broad Green with its first wide release, the Robert Redford-Nick Nolte hiking dramedy A Walk in the Woods turned out well at 1,960 theaters with an industry estimated 3-day of $8.25M, a 4-day of $10.6M and a six day run of $12.9M (distrib is reporting $8.1M and $10.2M). The distributor recognized audience’s appetite for smart adult fare during the Labor Day stretch — titles such as The Debt and The Constant Gardener have launched in this corridor — and went for it before all these serious awards contenders such as The Danish Girl, Carol and Steve Jobs vie for autumn crowds. Travis Reid, Broad Green’s head of distribution, said that Seattle, Minneapolis and other markets in outdoorsy states, as well as retirement community cities such as Phoenix and the Florida markets, were strong for A Walk in the Woods. Redford’s fans — older females — came out for this one.

Broad Green aimed toward audiences on older-skewing networks with TV spots during 60 Minutes and NBC’s Today and on Fox News, the History channel and Discovery. The distrib held 28 screenings for the AARP. Backpacker organization REI also spread the word to its members.

transporterEuropaCorp’s The Transporter Refueledwhich in industry estimates looks like it owns fourth on a FSS basis with $7.3M, but not on a FSSM basis, is conceding the spot entirely to Paramount/Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation for the entire weekend. Europa says that TR has accumulated $7.13M in fifth with $8.7M over four-days while M:I5 takes fourth with a studio-reported $7.15M over FSS and a projected $9.25M over FSSM. In an effort to intrigue the media in spreading good vibes for the film, EuropaCorp took them on something of a joy ride. During the junket at the L.A. Forum on Aug. 26, journalists did interviews with star Ed Skrein in the front passenger seat of a car, which was rigged with a stunt driver controlling the vehicle. TR performed best in San Francisco, Toronto, Houston, Montreal, Miami, Orlando, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Tampa and Las Vegas. 69% were over 25. Biggest demo were males.

galloLionsgate-Pantelion’s surprise top 10-cracker Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos laid $4.4M worth of golden eggs in No. 8 at 395 locales yielding a super $11,139 per screen. The label in recent years has shown a knack for hooking Latino audiences over the Labor Day frame with family fare such as Instructions Not Included. Lionsgate first broke through with the demo during Labor Day 2007 with Ladron que Roba a Ladron which made $1.6M at 340 theaters. Gallo is a big hit in Mexico, and word of mouth is spreading to the states in such cities as Orange, CA; Cicero, Ill., Pasadena and Dallas. 52% of the audience was under 25 with males dominating at 51%.

Commenting on the success of the film, Pantelion Films CEO Paul Presburger told Deadline this morning, “Lionsgate has been known to create an expectation with Spanish-speaking dominant audiences during this weekend. It’s a big family weekend.” The fact that the studios have avoided this date with strong titles also gave Lionsgate/Pantelion the edge with Latin audiences.

The studio went after Hispanic adults 25-49 and kids 6-11 by reaching out to them on Univision networks such as UniMas and Galavision as well as Telemundo and Estrella TV. There was a four-week campaign tailored around prolific TV programs Premios Juventud, Sabado Gigante, Sabadazo, Despierta America and Gordo y la Flaca.  Radio targeted parents and co-listening in 20 markets covering 51% of the U.S. Hispanic population and 65% of Pantelion’s overall box office.  The spend here was focused on regional Mexican and Spanish contempo formats with emphasis on AM and PM drives. There was also a 13-week campaign with the nation’s largest Latino In-Restaurant Network including posters, digital screens, place mats and screening sweepstakes in six markets across nearly 200 locations. Other grassroots efforts included working with Mommy bloggers and key Hispanic influencers through a series of advance screenings.

Top 12 films per studio-reported figures as compiled by Deadline’s Amanda N’Duka:

1). War Room (SONY), 1,526 theaters (+391) / $2.3M Fri. / $3.3M Sat. (+40%) / $3.8M Sun. (+15%) / 3-day cume: $9.35M (-18%) / 4-day cume: $12.3M / Total cume: $27.6M / Wk 2

2). Straight Outta Compton (UNI), 3,097 theaters (-45) / $2.2M Fri. / $3.2M Sat. (+42%) / $3.45M Sun. (+9%) /3-day cume: $8.8M (-33%)/ 4-day cume: $11.2M / Total cume: $150.2MM / Wk 4

3). A Walk in the Woods (BGP), 1,962 theaters / $2.2M Fri. / $3M Sat. (+36%) / $2.9M Sun. (-3%) /3-day cume: $8.25M / 4-day cume: $10.35M / Total cume: $12.1M / Wk 1
Industry variance: 4-day cume: $10.6M

4). Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation (PAR), 2,849 theaters (-246) / $1.68M Fri. / $2.7M Sat. (+59%) / $2.8M Sun. (+5%) /3-day cume: $7.15M (-12%) / 4-day cume: $9.25M / Total cume: $182.5M / Wk 6

5). The Transporter Refueled (EURC), 3,434 theaters / $2.4M Fri.*/$2.44M Sat. (+2%) / $2.29M Sun. (-6%) / 3-day cume: $7.13M / 4-day cume: $8.7M / Wk 1
*includes $375K in Thursday previews
Industry variance: 3-day cume: $7.2M / 4-day cume: $9M

6). No Escape (TWC), 3,415 theaters (+60) / $1.32M Fri./ $2M Sat. (+51%) / $2.1M Sun. (+5%) / 3-day cume: $5.4M (-33%) / 4-day cume: $7M / Total cume: $20M / Wk 2
Industry variance: 3-day cume: $5.39M (-34%) / 4-day cume: $6.9M

7/8). Gallo con Muchos Huevos (LGF), 395 theaters / $880K Fri. / $1.21M Sat. (+%) / $1.31M Sun. (-8%) /3-day cume: $3.4M / Per screen average: $8,608 / 4-day cume: $4.4M / Per screen average: $11,140 / Wk 1
Industry variance: 3-day cume: $3.5M / 4-day cume: $4.5M

Man From U.N.C.L.E (WB), 2,102 theaters (-604) / $840K Fri. /$1.27M Sat. (+51%) / $1.3M Sun. (+5%) / 3-day cume: $3.4M (-22%)/ 4-day cume: $4.5M / Total cume: $40.65M / Wk 4

9). Sinister 2 (Gramercy/Focus), 2,651 theaters (-148) / $875K Fri. /$1.3M Sat. (+47%) / $1.2M Sun. (-5%) / 3-day cume: $3.4M (-28%)/ 4-day cume: $4.2M / Total cume: $24.6M / Wk 3
Industry variance: 3-day cume: $3.4M (-27%)/ 4-day cume: $4.3M

10). Inside Out (DIS), 2,967 theaters (+2,204) / $615K Fri. /$1.29M Sat. (+110%) / $1.2M Sun. (-4%) / 3-day cume: $3.1M (+133%)/ 4-day cume: $4.4M / Total cume: $349.5M / Wk 12
Industry variance: 3-day cume: $3.2M (+135%)/ 4-day cume: $4.6M

11). Ant-Man (DIS), 1,527 theaters (-163) / $631K Fri. / $1.1M Sat. (+77%) / $1.14M Sun. (+2%) /3-day cume: $2.9M (-6%) / 4-day cume: $3.8M / Total cume: $174.1M / Wk 8

12). Minions (UNI), 1,927 theaters (-49)/ $597K Fri. /$1.06M Sat. (+77%) / $1.06M Sun. (0%) / 3-day cume: $2.7M (-1%) /4-day cume: $3.7M/Total Cume: $329.6M / Wk 9

Notables

Welcome Back (EROS), 135 theaters / $179K Fri. / $240K Sat. (+34%) /$264K Sun (+10%) / 3-day cume: $683K / 4-day cume: $881K  / Wk 1

Dope (OPRD), 1,023 theaters / $101K Fri. / $140K Sat. (+39%) /$148K Sun (+5%) / 3-day cume: $390K / 4-day cume: $501K  / Total cume: $17.28M / Wk 12

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (MAG), 60 theaters / $35K Fri. / $51K Sat. (+46%) /$54K Sun (+5%) / 3-day cume: $140K / 4-day cume: $180K/ Wk 1

Anthony D’Alessandro

2ND UPDATE, SATURDAY, 8:47 AM: The Friday grosses were so low last night, some studio box office analysts couldn’t call the top four films for the day because the numbers were just that close. As we rub our eyes this morning, it looks like EuropaCorp’s The Transporter Refueled won the day with $2.4M, however, many don’t think the fourth action series title has enough diesel to stay in the top spot throughout the Labor Day weekend, and will take an estimated $7.1M for 3-day and $8.8M for 4-day. Sony/Affirm’s War WarRoomMovieRoom on angels’ wings is currently expected to swat everyone away, potentially upsetting Universal’s run at a 4-peat weekend at No. 1 with Straight Outta Compton, at least on a four-day basis. In regards to 3-day, Compton should still have bragging rights. War Room after a $2.33M Friday, second for the day, is projected at $8.97M for the 3-day and $11.9M for the 4-day. Through two weekends, War Room is pacing 62% ahead of the Kendrick Brothers’ previous highest grossing title Courageous ($34.5M)Keep in mind some analysts see Compton as the winner. Compton is expected to get the biggest bounce today vs. yesterday, as much as +50% to War Room‘s +25%. But, War Room thanks to parishes flocking to the cinema after services, is expected to have a Saturday-to-Sunday uptick of +15%, bigger than Compton’s +5%. Currently, the F. Gary Gray film is looking at second place with $9.07M for the 3-day and $11.5M for the 4-day. It will sail past $150M by the end of the holiday stretch.

Abroad, I hear TR has clocked about $10M putting its current global cume to date at $12.4M. The film cost $23M and it reps Europa’s first domestic release. (Where the heck were these guys when we needed a distributor for Tommy Lee Jones’ brilliant western The Homesman? They should have handled their own production stateside, giving it more love). Transporter Refueled earned a B- CinemaScore on par with the third installment which was a global hit at $109M, but lower than the first two titles’ B+s.

Broad Green’s A Walk in the Woods is having a solid run, appealing to adults. Friday raked in $2.2M with 3-day at $7.76M, a 4-day of $10M and a running six-day cume of $11.57M. This puts the film in third place on both a 3 and 4-day basis. The distributor acquired the film at Sundance for high seven figures.

galloLionsgate-Pantelion’s Gallo con Muchos Huevos is now projected to pop into the top 10 for the weekend. The label for the last two Labor Day weekends has been able to hook Hispanic audiences.  In 2013, their release Instructions Not Included drew a huge family crowd, making $10.4M over FSSM and a final cume stateside of $44.46M, making it the top grossing Spanish film in the U.S. Last year at this time, they had Cantinflas which made $3.35M over four-days but fizzled out quickly with $6.38M. That title was more of a period drama, so the hope here is that Gallo continues to bank on families — and that’s do-able given its outstanding A+ CinemaScore (the second in a row after War Room). In Mexico, Gallo has made $6M in its first two weeks and is on a course to be the top grossing local release there for 2015, besting A la Mala. 

Ant-ManOther big mentions: By end of Monday, Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will beat the first installment’s $180.98M, becoming the third highest in the franchise at the domestic B.O. behind M:I2 ($215.4M) and M:I4 – Ghost Protocol ($209.4M). Disney Marvel’s Ant-Man keeps growing, and it looks like he’s gonna ultimately punch Captain America: The First Avenger ($176.65M) in the face. By Monday, Ant-Man will be $2.25M shy of taking over the 2011 film.

Top films for Labor Day weekend 2015 as of Saturday 8:47AM based on industry estimates, ranked by 4-day cumes:

1). War Room (SONY), 1,526 theaters (+391) / $2.33M (-47%)/ 3-day cume: $8.97M (-21%) / 4-day cume: $11.9M / Total cume: $27.2M / Wk 2

2). Straight Outta Compton (UNI), 3,097 theaters (-45) / $2.23M Fri. / 3-day cume: $9.07M (-31%)/ 4-day cume: $11.53M / Total cume: $150.46MM / Wk 4

3). A Walk in the Woods (BGP), 1,960 theaters / $2.197M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7.76M / 4-day cume: $10M / Total cume: $11.6M / Wk 1

4). Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation (PAR), 2,849 theaters (-246) / $1.68M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7.7M (-6%) / 4-day cume: $9.9M / Total cume: $183.1M / Wk 6

5). The Transporter Refueled (EURC), 3,434 theaters / $2.4M (includes $365K Fri.) / 3-day cume: $7.1M / 4-day cume: $8.8M / Wk 1

6). No Escape (TWC), 3,415 theaters (+60) / $1.32M Fri. (-46%) / 3-day cume: $5.27M (-35%) / 4-day cume: $6.77M / Total cume: $19.8M / Wk 2

7). Man From U.N.C.L.E (WB), 2,102 theaters (-604) / $841K Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.6M (-18%)/ 4-day cume: $4.7M / Total cume: $40.65M / Wk 4

8). Inside Out (DIS), 2,967 theaters (+2,204) / $612K Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.03M (+124)/ 4-day cume: $4.36M / Total cume: $349.5M / Wk 12

9). Gallo con Muchos Huevos (LGF), 395 theaters / $887K / 3-day cume: $3.29M / Per screen average: $8,329 / 4-day cume: $4.2M / Per screen average: $10,633 / Wk 1

10). Sinister 2 (Gramercy/Focus), 2,651 theaters (-148) / $879K Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.39M (-27%)/ 4-day cume: $4.19M / Total cume: $24.5M / Wk 3

11). Ant-Man (DIS), 1,527 theaters (-163) / $628K Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.02M (-2%) / 4-day cume: $4.05M / Total cume: $174.4M / Wk 8

12). Minions (UNI), 1,927 theaters (-49)/ $574K Fri. / 3-day cume: $2.83M (-1%) /4-day cume: $4M/Total Cume: $329.9M / Wk 9

Notables:

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (MAG), 70 theaters / $39K Fri. / 3-day cume: $144K / Per screen: $2,057/ 4-day cume: $182K / Per screen: $2,600 / Wk 1

— Anthony D’Alessandro

comptonPREVIOUS, SATURDAY, 12:13 AM: It just might be a fourpeat for Universal’s Straight Outta Compton, which is battling to keep its No. 1 spot during what is turning out to be a neck-and-neck Friday with Sony’s faith based sensation War Room having the edge (at least tonight). Director F. Gary Gray’s film about the rise of  N.W.A. should rise up for the weekend though and gross over $15oM when the dust clears Monday morning in what looks like a lackluster Labor Day holiday weekend. The last time a film was No. 1 four times in a row was yet another Universal success story: Furious 7 and SOC seems right now like it’s on its way to doing the same. The War Room audience, however, is religious about showing up for this film.

Audiences for the newcomer The Transporter Refueled have put on the brakes for this fourth installment in the franchise. The actioner, which stars Ed Skrein rather than Jason Statham this time around, is falling behind Misson: Impossible – Rogue Nation which is in its sixth weekend of release. EuropaCorp. is distributing via its joint venture with Relativity’s RED label and hopes to have a warmer welcome overseas where it opens this weekend in the U.K., Germany and Spain. It received a B- CinemaScore and sits at No. 5 (see Top 10 chart below).

The other new film, Broad Green’s A Walk in the Woods, which opened Wednesday, should trek to the No. 3 spot for Robert Redford and Nick Nolte to grab a total cume of around $12.7M after the four-day holiday. The company acquired this film at Sundance for what was reported to be a high, seven-figure marketing and distribution commitment. It received a B CinemaScore.

war roomIn the No. 2 spot and holding strong is Sony/AFFIRM’s War Room which has added almost 400 theaters to keep its second weekend decline in the area of a mere 23%, according to estimates tonight. It has the highest per theater average of all the pictures in the Top 10 with over $6,000. So, I guess you could say brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick did it again. Taking the top two spots are two African American demo pictures and both have tended to hold stronger on Sunday; War Room was down only 12% from Saturday to Sunday in its opening weekend, and SOC was down only 13% from Saturday to Sunday during its debut weekend.

TWC’s No Escape is also in its sophomore frame and will be down only about 37% for the three-day while Warner Bros.’ We Are Your Friends has dropped out of sight (down an estimated 66%); another stinker for the studio that can’t catch a break.

Inside Out 8But nothing smells as rancid as this Labor Day weekend with no pictures in the Top Ten estimated to break past $10M for the three-day. Dang. Also noteworthy is Pixar’s Inside Out after Disney pushed it back into theaters this weekend by adding 2,204 runs. Those extra runs will get them to just shy of $350M for the animated family film after the four-day holiday and north of $720M worldwide after this weekend.

Here’s what it looks like tonight. As always, the numbers and positions may change in the A.M.- Anita Busch

1). Straight Outta Compton (UNI), 3,097 theaters (-45) / $2.25M to $2.3M Fri. / 3-day cume: $9.18M to $9.37M / 4-day cume: $11.67M to $11.9M / Total cume: $150.6M to $150.8M / Wk 4

2). War Room (SONY), 1,526 theaters (+391) / $2.35M to $2.4M Fri. / 3-day cume: $8.8M to $10M (-23%) / 4-day cume: $11.4M to $11.9M / Total cume: $26.6M to $27M / Wk 2

3). A Walk in the Woods (BGP), 1,960 theaters / $2.2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $8.3M / 4-day cume: $10.8M / Total cume: $12.7M / Wk 1

4). Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation (PAR), 2,849 theaters (-246) / $1.6M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7.8M / 4-day cume: $10M / Total cume: $183.2M / Wk 6

5). The Transporter Refueled (EURC), 3,434 theaters / $2.375M to 2.4M (includes $365K Fri.) / 3-day cume: $7M to $7.1M / 4-day cume: $8.2M to $8.6M / Wk 1

6). No Escape (TWC), 3,415 theaters (+60) / $1.3M Fri. / 3-day cume: $5.1M (-37%) / 4-day cume: $6.6M / Total cume: $19.6M / Wk 2

7). Man From U.N.C.L.E (WB), 2,102 theaters (-604) / $823K Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.5M / 4-day cume: $4.5M / Total cume: $40.4M / Wk 4

8). Ant-Man (DIS), 1,527 theaters (-163) / $601K Fri. / 3-day cume: $2.9M / 4-day cume: $3.97M / Total cume: $174.2M / Wk 8

9). Sinister 2 (Gramercy/Focus), 2,651 theaters (-148) / $791K Fri. / 3-day cume: $3M / 4-day cume: $3.8M / Total cume: $24.1M / Wk 3

10). Inside Out (DIS), 2,967 theaters (+2,204) / $536K Fri. / 3-day cume: $2.67M / 4-day cume: $3.8M / Total cume: $346.9M / Wk 12

NOTEWORTHY:
un-gallo-con-muchos-huevosIt’s been the No. 1 film in Mexico for two weeks running and has just arrived in the nation’s theaters. The animated Mexican  film Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos (A Rooster with Many Eggs) is being released in Spanish, courtesy of Pantelion Films. The family friendly film plays in Spanish with English subtitles, and this weekend, is on track to have the highest per screen of any film in the Top 40 at the U.S. box office.

13). Gallo con Muchos Huevos (LGF), 395 theaters / $762K / 3-day cume: $2.8M / Per screen average: $7,118 / 4-day cume: $3.5M / Per screen average: $9,060 / Wk 1

55). Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (MAG), 30 theaters / $24K Fri. / 3-day cume: $93K / Per screen: $3,096 / 4-day cume: $119K / Per screen: $3,980 / Wk 1