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‘War Room’ defeats ‘Straight Outta Compton’ at the box office

After three weeks at the top of the box office, Straight Outta Compton finally fell to second place. The faith-based drama War Room took first over a lackluster Labor Day weekend.

War Room clearly paved its victorious path after three days in theaters earning $9.4 million at 1,562 locations, according to Entertainment Weekly. The film, with a budget of only $3 million, has exceeded expectations. Its debut last weekend earned $11.4 million and the film as earned $24.7 million in total domestically.

The PG-rated War Room is the latest Christian film from brothers Stephen and Alex Kendrick. It has benefited from being one of the only faith-based films in theaters this summer. The film follows a family trying to fix their problems with the help of an older woman, Miss Clara, according to IMDb.

Though Straight Outta Compton fell to second place, it still brought in $8.8 million in three days. The N.W.A. biopic is on track to make more than $150 million domestically, EW reports. It has also been the breakout hit of the late summer with $60.2 million.

Two other films were released this week including the adaptation of Bill Bryson’s book A Walk in the Woods, starring Nick Nolte and Robert Redford, and The Transporter: Refueled, starring Ed Skrein and Loan Chabanol.  A Walk in the Woods earned $8.3 million in three days bringing its total to $10.3 million since Wednesday. The Transporter: Refueled earned $7.1 million in three days, but it opened in 3,434 theaters.

Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation rounded out the top five with an estimated $7.2 million in three days. This is the sixth week the fifth Mission: Impossible has been in the top five, and it just crossed the $500 million mark worldwide.

This has been one of the slowest Labor Day weekends on record and will likely finish with $117 million in ticket sales, according to film tracking firm Rentrak. However, the numbers at the box office for the entire summer still look good and are expected to reach $4.48 billion in the U.S. and Canada combined, LA Times reports.

The final numbers will be determined Tuesday. If the predictions are correct, this will be the second best summer ever, falling short of the $4.75 billion record in 2013.

Universal and Disney ruled the box office this summer. Universal said its big film Jurassic World was the fourth film ever to earn more than $1 billion overseas, according to LA Times. It ranks only behind Avatar, Furious 7 and Titanic.

Disney said that it will finish the summer Monday with $1.088 billion from May 1 through Sept. 7. This will be Disney’s first billion-dollar summer.

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