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WAR ROOM Seems to be Doing Well So Far: Get Out There and Go See It!

I looked at the early returns on the faith-based, Christ-glorifying latest movie by the Kendrick brothers:  WAR ROOM.  Here’s one very encouraging report from Deadline: Hollywood:

1ST UPDATE, Friday 8:13AM: The faith-based film War Room, from Fireproof director Alex Kendrick, started its weekend early last night with a $600,000 take from 1,017 theaters. The film, which is being handled by Affirm/TriStar, will expand to 1,135 locations today and is on track for a $4M-$5M opening.

But wait – there’s more – when the afternoon numbers come in, surprise:

Interestingly, NRG thought War Room would only pull in $3M total, according to its tracking service. The faith-based films, however, always seem to surprise and this one just might as it plays throughout the weekend. Look for maybe an $8.5M to $10M run. War Room is leading in ticket sales going into the weekend.

And the evening numbers show War Room perhaps outdoing Straight Outta Compton:

Affirm/Tri-Star’s faith-based title War Room looks to have edged out Universal/Legendary’s Straight Outta Compton$3.8M to $3.7M at Friday’s B.O. This could all change by Saturday’s sunrise, but there’s no doubt that Alex Kendrick’s film about a strained family that finds redemption through an elderly lady’s war room of prayer is coming on strong. It could make $10M-$10.8M for the weekend, which is 100% more than the industry was projecting it to be at 1,135 theaters. War Room could easily become Kendrick’s highest opener ever after 2011’s Courageous ($9.1M), also from TriStar. As of tonight, War Room is expected to slot second behind Compton for the weekend.

Variety, the leading newspaper in Hollywood, had this wonderful deadline:

Box Office: Zac Efron Trounced by Faith-Based Film ‘War Room’ on Thursday

Trounced!  I like it and here’s more from Variety:

Zac Efron’s “We Are Your Friends” was pummeled by the faith-based film “War Room” on Thursday night.

Sony’s Christian drama launched with $600,000 at 1,017 locations at Thursday preview screenings, while Warner Bros.’ DJ movie generated a mild $175,000.

But there’s this report that the critics hated War Room (surprise, surprise!):

The faith-based faith film raked in $600,000 at the Thursday night previews, but critics says it’s shot like “a term-life insurance commercial”

“War Room” may have crushed Zac Efron‘s “We Are Your Friends” at the box office on Thursday — the Christian drama grossed $600,000 compared to the meager $175,000 for “Friends” — but critics were decidedly less friendly than audiences.

Get out there and pray and go see this movie, if you can!  If War Room beats or even comes in a close second, it will go viral in the media and people will have to talk about it.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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