The faith-based film "War Room" topped earnings projections during its first weekend at the box office, raking in more than $11 million – about $3 million more than the political thriller "No Escape" and roughly ten times more than Zac Efron's "We Are Your Friends."
The $11 million opening weekend nearly tripled production costs. Initial projections pegged the weekend opening at around $4 million or $5 million, despite strong advance ticket sales.
"War Room" was distributed by Sony and shown at more than 1,100 locations, Variety reported.
War Room portrays the lives of Tony and Elizabeth Jordan who appear to have it all – a nice home, professional jobs and a beautiful daughter. But, as the movie's website points out, looks can be deceiving.
"Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness," the website's movie synopsis reads.
But the couple's troubled marriage starts to improve after they turn to the power of prayer and confront their marriage issues with faith.
The movie is from the producers of the two past blockbuster hits "Courageous" and "Fireproof" and boasted box office numbers close to “God’s Not Dead” and “Heaven is for Real."
"War Room" topped "No Escape" and Zac Efron's "We Are Your Friends."
"No Escape,” a thriller about an American family ensnared in a violent political coup in a nameless Asian country, finished in fourth place with $8.2 million from 3,355 locations. It has earned $10.2 million since debuting on Wednesday. The Weinstein Company paid just under $5 million for rights to the film, which was criticized in by some critics for being retrograde in its depiction of a developing country’s culture and politics.
Not even the presence of Efron could lift “We Are Your Friends” at the multiplexes. The look at the electronic music scene bombed, eking out a paltry $1.8 million from 2,333 screens, making it the worst wide-release launch of the “High School Musical” star’s career and one of the lowest wide-release debuts for a major studio film in history. Given that dreary pedigree, it’s no surprise that “We Are Your Friends” fell far short of projections, which had it debuting to roughly $8 million. Warner Bros. spent $2 million to acquire it out of the American Film Market, limiting the studio’s financial exposure.
Despite its big first weekend, "War Room" didn't top the No. 1 grossing film this weekend, "Straight Outta Compton," which collected $13.2 million. It was the third consecutive weekend that "Straight Outta Compton" topped the charts, the first to do so since "Jurassic World."
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