Monday, September 07, 2015

'War Room' trounces 'Compton' for No. 1

 Patrick Ryan
 September 7, 2015

 With War Room at No. 1, the summer box office is ending on a blessed note.

 The Christian drama topped the four-day Labor Day weekend with $12.6 million in just over 1,500 theaters, according to box-office tracking firm Rentrak. Made on a budget of just $3.5 million, the PG-rated film has earned $27.9 million in just two weekends of release.

  War Room, about a crumbling marriage redeemed by prayer, is the highest-grossing faith-based film since When the Game Stands Tall opened to $8.4 million last August (netting $30.1 million total). Although last year had a number of hits with Christian themes — including Son of God ($59.7 million), God's Not Dead ($60.8 million) and Heaven Is for Real ($91.4 million) — there have been fewer faith-based offerings this year, which may have contributed to War's success, according to Rentrak senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian...  the rest


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