Viewers clearly were not interested in going to the movies this Labor Day weekend, making it the worst Labor Day at the box office in 15 years.
Coming in the top spot this week is War Room, the religious drama that had a strong showing last week in its debut. The film dropped only 17.6 percent in its second weekend, making $9.3 million. Its domestic total is now at $24.6 million. War Room is not exactly lighting the box office on fire, but given the circumstances of its release (its marketing campaign was slim), it has performed better than some may have thought. Even if awareness with casual moviegoers is somewhat low, it's finding a way to draw in a niche audience, and with a $3 million production budget, it has already turned a healthy profit.
After spending three straight weeks at number one, N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton falls to second with $8.8 million. The film has now grossed an impressive $147.7 million in the States. Business may be starting to slow down now, but the film is still playing well and has been one of the summer's stronger holds.
Debuting at #3 is A Walk in the Woods, an indie drama starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. It made $8.4 million over the weekend. Like some other projects coming out this time of year, the film received little buzz heading into its release, but it still managed to attract a nice crowd. A Walk in the Woods did not get the best reviews critically, but the appeal of seeing two recognizable stars work together proved too good to pass up. The movie actually opened on September 2, so its domestic total is now at $10.4 million.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation slides to fourth with $7.1 million. The fifth installment in the action franchise is up to $180.3 million domestically. Worldwide, it has grossed $509 million, and it's yet to open in lucrative markets such as China. Ethan Hunt and friends still have a long way to go before their run is done.
Rounding out the top five is The Transporter Refueled (read our review). The reboot made $7.1 million in its first three days, hardly the total of a franchise starter. That's the lowest opening figure for a film in this series, illustrating that without Jason Statham, there isn't much appeal for this property. And given the poor reception from both critics and audiences, it's unlikely Refueled can turn things around. The silver lining for distributor Relativity is that the budget was just $22 million, so it can still make its money back when international grosses are factored.
No Escape comes in at #6 with $5.4 million. The thriller has now made $18.4 million domestically.
The #7 film is The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which grossed $3.4 million in its fourth weekend. The spy throwback is now at just $39.3 million in the States. Globally, it has brought in $85.3 million, so production costs have been covered for. Still, Warner Bros. was probably hoping for a little more from their fun action flick.
Despite playing in only 395 theaters, Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos opened at #8 with $3.4 million in its first three days. For a film that few knew was coming out, that's a good haul.
Coming in ninth is Sinister 2 with $3.3 million. The horror sequel has now made $23.7 million domestically
Pixar's Inside Out returned to theaters for Labor Day weekend, playing in 2,967 locations in its 12th weekend. That move paid off, as the film rounded out the top 10 with $3.1 million. The acclaimed family film has now grossed $348.2 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, September 7 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo