Weekend Forecast: 'No Escape', 'We Are Your Friends', & 'War Room'

Featured Stories - on August 26, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff

aug28pred.pngAugust comes to a close this weekend with the release of three new flicks. Will any of them be able to unseat Straight Outta Compton from first place? (Probably not.)

No Escape

PROS:

- High profile names such as Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan give a little help to this otherwise under-the-radar release.
- Twitter and Flixster activity are comparable to that of last August's The November Man.

CONS:

- Overall social media activity is lacking, particularly on Facebook where it boasts less than 25,000 fans.
- Unfortunately, neither Wilson nor Brosnan are exactly box office draws these days.

We Are Your Friends

PROS:

- Zac Efron has a considerable fan base of young audiences out there. The question is whether or not they'll show up.
- As is to be expected, Twitter and Facebook activity are respectable -- although the latter trails that of That Awkward Moment

CONS:

- Awkward Moment similarly tracked well online and was ultimately hurt by poor reviews (as this film is receiving so far).
- With many schools starting back this time of year, Efron's core fans are likely done with summer movie trips for a few weeks.

War Room

PROS:

- Coming from the filmmakers behind the successful Fireproof and Courageous is a definite strong point in a market that's lacked a faith-based hit for awhile.
- Boasting over 524,000 Facebook fans is impressive considering the limited promotion.

CONS:

- Grassroots marketing seems to be the driving force here, so it'll be up to church crowds to turn this into a hit.
- Flixster and Twitter movement aren't particularly noteworthy.

Top 10 Forecast

BoxOffice projects this weekend's top ten films will tally $63.1 million. That would represent a 24 percent decline from the same frame last year, whose $82.8 million take was boosted by Labor Day weekend and led by Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ahead of openers The November Man and As Above/So Below.

Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Weekend Domestic Total through Sunday, August 30
Straight Outta Compton Aug 14, 2015 Universal
$14,200,000 $135,200,000
War Room Aug 28, 2015 Sony / TriStar
$8,400,000 $8,400,000
We Are Your Friends Aug 28, 2015 Warner Bros.
$8,200,000 $8,200,000
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Jul 31, 2015 Paramount
$8,000,000 $170,000,000
No Escape (2015) Aug 26, 2015 Weinstein Company
$6,000,000 $7,800,000
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Aug 14, 2015 Warner Bros.
$4,400,000 $34,100,000
Sinister 2 Aug 21, 2015 Focus / Gramercy
$4,100,000 $18,000,000
Hitman: Agent 47 Aug 21, 2015 Fox
$3,900,000 $15,400,000
Ant-Man Jul 17, 2015 Disney
$3,000,000 $169,100,000
The Gift (2015) Aug 7, 2015 STX Entertainment
$2,900,000 $35,700,000
Minions Jul 10, 2015 Universal
$2,800,000 $324,700,000
American Ultra Aug 21, 2015 Lionsgate
$2,700,000 $10,400,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

Tags: predictions, War Room, No Escape, We Are Your Friends

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