Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘War Room’ in Close Race Again Over Slow Weekend

N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” and faith-based drama “War Room” are neck-and-neck at the box office for the second weekend in a row, with “War Room” narrowly beating out “Compton” in Friday grosses.

Sony/Affirm’s “War Room,” having already surprised everyone with a big turnout in its opening weekend, pulled in $2.3 million from 1,526 locations Friday night, putting it on track for a four-day haul of more than $13 million. The Labor Day bump would bring the Christian drama’s total to $29 million.

Already deemed the top faith-based film of the year, “War Room” stars Priscilla Shirer, T.C. Stallings and Karen Abercrombie and was directed by Alex Kendrick.

Universal-Legendary’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which had been expected to rule the B.O. for a fourth straight weekend, generated $2.2 million in Friday receipts at 3,094 locations. As such, “Compton” looks poised to finish Labor Day weekend with $11 million, bringing its total cume past the $150 million mark. “Compton” stars O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, his father, and the film was directed by F. Gary Gray.

Behind the lead competitors is summer stalwart “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” which brought in $1.7 million Friday in 2,849 locations. The Tom Cruise actioner from Paramount is expected to pick up steam over the rest of the long weekend, tracking for a haul of $10 million by Monday’s end (and a cumulative gross north of $180 million).

The weekend’s two new releases also found themselves in close contention as well. Broad Green’s “A Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, is pegged for $9 million for the long weekend after a $2.2 million total on Friday at 1,960 locations.

“The Transporter Refueled” from EuropaCorp brought in $2.4 million in 3,494 locations on Friday (narrowly beating “War Room’s” Friday total, in fact), tracking for a long weekend total of $8.9 million.

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