Final Summer Box Office Weekend: “War Room” routs “No Escape” and Zac Efron is no longer a movie star

boxofficeThe Kendrick Brothers’ latest faith-based foray was marketed to Protestant churchgoers and is doing the kind of business that “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof” could only dream of.

It’s running second at the box office, as of Friday night, and could manage a healthy $10 million+ over the weekend. A weak weekend, yes, but that’s smart marketing, too. Last weekend of the summer is home to the dregs, and “War Room,” about a little old lady’s “War Room” for prayer (haven’t seen it), was sure to stand out.

Where is the money going for this Sherwood Baptist Church production? Feeding the hungry, one would hope. Movie business accounting being what it is, you wonder.

“Straight Outta Compton” looks to win the weekend — again — but “War Room” is neck and neck with it, at least at this juncture.

“No Escape” with Owen Wilson, Lake Bell (LOTS of Internet searching for luscious Lady Lake) and Pierce Brosnan, is managing a respectably weak opening. Wilson is probably pinning his hopes to “Zoolander 2” at this point. Irrelevant, fading box office hero.

But Zac Efron? His Techno party picture “We Are Your Friends,” — And WHO came up with that awful title? — is bombing.On the weakest weekend of the summer, it couldn’t crack to the top 12.

News flash, Techno sucks. And the people into it sure aren’t going to see a ZAC EFRON movie about it. So.

“Jurassic World” is still making millions — $645 or so by summer’s end —  “Minions” is rolling in the cash, here and abroad, and “Mission: Impossible” is closing in on $170 million.

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2 Responses to Final Summer Box Office Weekend: “War Room” routs “No Escape” and Zac Efron is no longer a movie star

  1. Rog, don’t think this one is a Sherwood Baptist production. And why haven’t you seen it?

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