From Compton to the Bible Belt.
Shockingly America went from gangsta to bible thumping in one week. The faith-based drama War Room pushed three-time box office champion Straight Outta Compton out of its top spot, bringing a surprise ending to the summer box office season.
War Room, which cost $3.5 million to make, tells a story of a woman who turns her closet into said “war room” in order to regain her faith in a quest to save her rocky marriage.
Historically religous films play well, as you can roll out an pile of crap and the Christians will come out of the woodwork. Heres a few for example:
Title Gross Budget
The Passion of the Christ $370,498,393 $30,000,000
Diary of a Mad Black Woman $50,633,099 $5,500,000
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie $25,571,351 $14,000,000
And the Kendrick brothers 2008 Christian box-office hit Fireproof. Cost just $500,000 to make but collected $33.5 million at the domestic box office.
Tri-Star (a branch of Sony Entertainment) played this well expanding it’s locations to 1,526 this week, and managed to limit the second week drop off to just 18% earning $9.3 million to claim the throne.
Robert Redford’s comedy A Walk in the Woods led the rest with a suprising $8.4 million at 1,960 sites and is projected to tack on $2.2 million on Monday, despite the negative reviews.
Speaking of bad reviews: The Transporter Refueled crashed into 5th place with $7.1 million. The fourth film in the franchise (there was also a TV series), got hammered by critics and fans alike, scoring a dreadful 18% on the Tomatometer and a 4.6 at IMDB.
The computer-animated Mexican movie “Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos” – in English, The Rooster With Many Eggs translated very well into the eight spot, earning $3.4 million (or roughly $50 million pesos) . Despite screening in Spanish with subtitles without a significant English-language ad campaign, the film posted the best per-screen average of any movie in the top ten.
Sinister 2 was in ninth with $3.3 million, while Pixar’s Inside Out made a comeback to the top ten at the tenth spot.
1. War Room $9.3M
2. Straight Outta Compton $8.8M
3. A Walk in the Woods $8.4 M
4. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation $7.1M
5. The Transporter Refueled $7.1M
6. No Escape $5.4M
7. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. $3.4M
8. Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos $3.4M
9. Sinister 2 $3.3M
10. Inside Out $3.1M