The Weinstein Company’s Owen Wilson-Pierce Brosnan action thriller No Escape got ahead of the weekend competition with $1.2M Wednesday at 3,007 theaters. That made it No. 2 for the day behind Universal/Legendary’s Straight Outta Compton, which remained fixed in first with an estimated $2.08M and a running cume of $118.9M. No Escape‘s box office bests the first Wednesday of Brosnan’s action film The November Man, which made $861K and opened in the same five-day corridor last year. That film posted a $9.6M Wednesday through Sunday cume and a FSS of $7.9M.
Tuesday night previews contributed $300K to No Escape‘s box office Monday. By Friday, No Escape will raise its playdate count to 3,300+. The Weinstein Co. acquired the film for an estimated $5M. In test screenings, No Escape was a hit with older women and younger males.
Wilson doesn’t always dip his toes in pure action films. The one he starred in, also a politically based pic with zero laughs, was Fox’s Gene Hackman title Behind Enemy Lines, which opened to $18.7M on November 30, 2001, and made $58.9M stateside and $91.8M worldwide.
On Friday, No Escape goes up against Warner Bros. Zac Efron EDM drama We Are Your Friends, which is eyeing a FSS between $10M-$12M from 2,333 theaters. There’s also Affirm/TriStar’s faith-based film War Room in 1,100 theaters. While Compton had a lock on weekend presales per Fandango, War Room from Fireproof director Alex Kendrick was clicking close behind. At the high end of estimates, industry insiders think it has a shot at making $5M. Overall, this weekend’s box office is going to be a downer.