Straight Outta Compton will finally have to settle for number two at the box office; after a tight race this weekend, Christian drama War Room bested the N.W.A biopic by less than $1 million.
Per Entertainment Weekly:
After three consecutive weekends at the top, “Straight Outta Compton” has finally relinquished its hold on first place, falling to the faith-based drama “War Room” during a sleepy Labor Day weekend.
“War Room” took a clear lead after three days, earning an estimated $9.4 million in 1,526 locations. With a budget of just $3 million, “War Room” has outpaced expectations since its $11.4 million debut last weekend, and its domestic total is now at $24.7 million. The PG-rated “War Room” has benefited from being one of the only faith-based films in theaters recently, and it’s the latest Christian hit from brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick.
Even though “Straight Outta Compton” failed to secure first place, it still added a solid $8.8 million over three days to its record-breaking run. By Monday, it should cross $150 million domestically. The N.W.A biopic was the breakout hit of late summer, opening to a whopping $60.2 million and becoming the biggest musical biopic of all time.
Both Straight Outta Compton and War Room feature predominantly black casts, and both films have defied expectations at the box office.