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article image'War Room' to take over a weak holiday box office

By Tim O'Brien     Sep 6, 2015 in Entertainment
As Labor Day weekend winds down, a small budget film will take down a three-time champ at the box office. It will not be pretty, though.
For Hollywood, the summer season ends with the long Labor Day weekend. On this particular holiday, it will be faith-based "War Room" settling in at the top while "Straight Outta Compton" is denied a fourth win. That is somewhat of a surprise, as "War Room" is in its second weekend, yet it ends up on top.
Labor Day is no blockbuster time at the box office and it surely showed that. A weak all around effort by the new films, as well as those already out. Since it is a holiday, that means a three-day total plus a four-day go into the books. So, if one film plays really well on Monday, the news and winners can change.
At is is today (Sept. 6), it will be "War Room" for the win.
Weekend, domestic - - updated four-day, 9.10.15
1. "War Room" - three-day, $9.3 million; four-day, $13.3 million
2. "Straight Outta Compton" - three-day, $8.5 million; four-day, $10.8 million
3. "A Walk in the Woods" - three-day, $8.3 million; four-day, $10.9 million
4. "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation: - three-day, $7.2 million; four-day, $9.4 million
5. "The Transporter Refueled" - three-day, $7.1 million; four-day, $9 million
* The updated actual figures for the four-day show "A Walk in the Woods" in second and "Compton" in third. It also showed "War Room" grabbed even more on Monday.
The newcomers were not expected to do huge numbers. "A Walk in the Woods" was in far fewer theaters than "The Transporter Refueled," so one can say one did fine and the other one tanked.
The Robert Redford-Nick Nolte flick, "A Walk In the Woods" would be the film that did fine, considering being in less theaters. Still, it is Labor Day weekend, when college football kicks into gear and school commences all over the country. It is simply not the time to see a movie, it seems.
Now, taking the theater count again and that means despite the low totals for the winning film this weekend, it was also in fewer theaters that the runner-up. "War Room" was in 1,526 theater while "Compton" was still playing in 3,097. So, mark that an impressive showing for "War Room."
Hollywood will not sett a record for its summer season, as many had hoped and thought would be accomplished. It seems August squelched that as it came to a screeching halt. It, however, was still healthy, but Disney and Universal dominated, while the others felt no bounce from them
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