War Room, Sony

War Room, Sony

APEX Insight: Straight Outta Compton holds onto the number one spot for the third weekend in a row with $13.1M, but faith-based War Room‘s prayers are answered with a heavenly $11.3M second place finish.

It may have been the lowest grossing weekend of 2015 at the box office, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t diverse. With a musical biopic, three spy thrillers, two horror/suspense flicks, a superhero movie and a drama about a family stuck in the wrong country at the wrong time during a political uprising, the only thing missing was a billion-dollar-grossing animated movie about little yellow creatures speaking in a foreign tongue. Oh, wait… that happened too. That’s right, with a whopping $324.7M domestic gross and another $694.1M in the foreign market, Minions officially joined the global $1-billion club over the weekend. As the Minions would say: “Tank Yu!” 

And though there was a close race for the number one perch at the box office – with eventual second place finisher War Room pulling into the lead on Friday night – when all was said and done, Straight Outta Compton easily secured itself a spot at number one for the third weekend in a row with $13.1M.

Landing in second place with a heavenly $11.3M was War Room, the latest faith-based drama from Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the filmmaking siblings Variety recently dubbed the “Stephen Spielbergs of Christian Cinema.” Boosted by a rock solid marketing strategy that focused primarily on smaller markets in the south and midwest, War Room’s impressive showing at the box office should prove once and for all that the appetite for faith-based material is growing. Especially in the wake of similar recent micro-hits like Do You Believe, Where Hope Grows and Faith of our Fathers.

Praying for salvation of a different sort were stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell in the tense family drama No Escape, which opened in fourth place with $8.1M. Escape is Wilson’s first non-comedic role since 2001’s Behind Enemy Lines and if the action scenes in the film compare in any way with the killer stunts featured in the trailer – that bit with the little girl being literally thrown from one rooftop to another gets me every time – Escape should generate a solid following with film fans of every ilk this fall.

We Are Your Friends, Warner Bros.

We Are Your Friends, Warner Bros.

And just missing the top 10 with $1.7M was the Zac Efron music-industry drama We Are Your Friends. Co-written and directed by Max Joseph (co-host of MTV’s popular Catfish: The TV Series) the film follows Efron’s character’s meteoric rise to fame as a DJ in modern day Los Angeles. No word yet on if Efron spins any of his wicked-cool High School Musical jams, but, if so, I am totally there. Wildcats 4ever!

Complete Box Office Results: August 28 – 30, 2015

Title/Studio Weekend/Total Gross
1. Straight Outta Compton/Universal $13.1M/$134M
2. War Room/Sony $11.3M
3. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation/Paramount $8.1M/$170.2M
4. No Escape/The Weinstein Company $8.1M
5. Sinister 2/Focus Features $4.6M/$18.5M
6. The Man From U.N.C.L.E./Warner Bros. $4.4M/$34.1M
7. Hitman: Agent 47/Fox $4.2M/$15.6M
8. Ant-Man/Disney $3.07M/$169.2M/td>
9. Jurassic World/Universal $3.01M/$642.9M
10. The Gift/STX Entertainment $3M/$35.8M

Tomás Romero is an award-winning writer/producer from Los Angeles.