War Room Preys on Compton


If you thought last weekend’s War Room performance was a thing to behold, take a look at this.

The latest film from the Kendricks Brothers and Sherwood Pictures went into battle for the second straight week against the rap biopic Straight Outta Compton. And while the Christian flick came up short last weekend, it turned the tables this time around and took the box-office crown with an estimated $9.5 million performance. Add in Labor Day estimates, and War Room banked a healthy $12.6 million—not too bad for a faith-based movie that cost an estimated $3 million to make.

But even though it lost its No. 1 slot, Straight Outta Compton continues to go straight to the bank. It snagged another $8.8 million this week. If you add in receipts from Monday, has earned more than $150 million in its four-week run.

These stalwart holdovers bested a middling slate of newcomers. A Walk in the Woods, starring grizzled vets Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, was the best of the newbies, strolling to $8.3 million. Not great, but the flannel-bedecked oldsters still managed to sprint past The Transporter Refueled. The fourth installment of The Transporter series—and the first without Jason Statham—earned just $7.2 million, which should just about pay for the movie’s petrol bill. It finished in practically a dead heat with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation which made just a smidge under $7.2 mil.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Kal El More than 1 year ago
That's awesome! Seeing a Christian film succeed this way is very encouraging in and of itself, but especially when we consider that:
1. It's success will peak the curiousity of other moviegoers, some of whom have never heard or have never embraced the Good News before, and
2. The film's box office take is a loud and clear message to Hollywood that there is a definite desire for more Christian-centric films. If it succeeds, they'll make more.

At this rate I am hoping that we may actually be heading towards some high budget Christian films in the near future, given how Sherwood has steadily climbed in their success rates, along with other Christian films of late that made a splash (God's Not Dead, Heaven Is For Real, and Son Of God).