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Box Office: Zac Efron Getting Outplayed by ‘Compton,’ Faith-Based ‘War Room’

28 August 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Zac Efron’s DJ drama “We Are Your Friends” is tanking at the U.S. box office, according to early Friday estimates.

The film has few friends heading into the weekend, where it will likely finish with a dismal $2.6 million. Projections were as high as $10 million a few days ago.

“Straight Outta Compton” is staying at the top of this weekend with about $13 million, while faith-based “War Room” is showing traction in second at nearly $10 million.

Owen Wilson’s thriller is also performing slightly below expectations and will take in about $8 million over the next three days.

Universal-Legendary’s “Straight Outta Compton,” a biopic about the iconic rap group N.W.A is showing decent legs heading into its third frame, and should lead the Friday box office with about $4 million. It will wind up the weekend with more than $133 million after 17 days — a stellar result, given its moderate $29 million production cost. »

- Dave McNary

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

28 August 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

We Are Your Friends” expands to 2,333 locations on Friday. It’s expected to take in about $9 million this weekend, while “War Room” has been forecast for a launch in the $5 million range. “War Room,” which is going out through Sony’s TriStar label, has been the leader in advance sales in recent days.

However, Universal’s “Straight Outta Compton” is set to top the box office for the third consecutive weekend with roughly $15 million.

The Weinstein Co.’s political thriller “No Escape,” which opened Wednesday with $1.2 million at 3,007 theaters and adds 343 locations Friday, should also gross about $9 million for the Friday-Sunday period.

We Are Your Friends” is firmly pegged at younger women, »

- Dave McNary

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