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The Christian movie hit that’s shocking Hollywood

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The box office underwent a religious conversion this weekend as Christian crowds flocked to “War Room,” lifting the low-budget salute to prayer above the Zac Efron drama “We Are Your Friends” and the Owen Wilson thriller “No Escape.”

Filmed for a mere $3 million and distributed by Sony’s Affirm division, “War Room” more than tripled its production budget in a single weekend, picking up $11 million from 1,135 locations. That also easily topped projections that had it debuting in the $4 million to $5 million range, although in retrospect those estimates were overly conservative given that advance ticket sales were unusually strong.

“These are the kind of outlier events that happen and wake everyone up to the fact that faith-based audiences are passionate and looking for content,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.

“There is so much love for this film,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s distribution chief. “It starts with the Kendricks. They’re visionaries in this genre.”

 

Despite the success of “War Room,” “Straight Outta Compton” topped charts for a third consecutive weekend, becoming the first film to manage that feat since “Jurassic World.” The rap biopic about the early days of N.W.A pulled in an impressive $13.2 million, pushing its domestic total to $134.1 million. It is now the highest-grossing musical biopic, trumping the Johnny Cash drama “Walk the Line” and its $119.5 million domestic haul.

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“War Room” reaffirms the potency of the faith-based market, ranking along previous hits such as “God’s Not Dead” and “Heaven Is for Real,” but aside from its success, there was very little to celebrate. The month of August sputtered to a close as the trio of new releases failed to inject much life into ticket sales. The overall box office was down more than 20 percent from the year-ago period when “Guardians of the Galaxy” was still drawing big crowds. That comparison is problematic, however, given that Labor Day fell during that period and the holiday has been pushed back a week this year.

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“No Escape,” a thriller about an American family ensnared in a violent political coup in a nameless Asian country, finished in fourth place with $8.2 million from 3,355 locations. It has earned $10.2 million since debuting on Wednesday. The Weinstein Company paid just under $5 million for rights to the film, which was criticized by some critics for being retrograde in its depiction of a developing country’s culture and politics.

“We’ll make money on it,” said Erik Lomis, the Weinstein Company’s distribution chief. “We’re not big spenders on the [promotion and advertising] side and we spent late and did a good job getting to our target audience.”

Not even the presence of Efron could lift “We Are Your Friends” at the multiplexes. The look at the electronic music scene bombed, eking out a paltry $1.8 million from 2,333 screens, making it the worst wide-release launch of the “High School Musical” star’s career and one of the lowest wide-release debuts for a major studio film in history. Given that dreary pedigree, it’s no surprise that “We Are Your Friends” fell far short of projections, which had it debuting to roughly $8 million. Warner Bros. spent $2 million to acquire it out of the American Film Market, limiting the studio’s financial exposure.

“We’re disappointed,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “We believe in Zac and this was a passion project of his.”

The top five were rounded out by “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” which captured third place with $8.3 million, and “Sinister 2,” which nabbed fifth position with a $4.7 million finish. The latest “Mission: Impossible” has earned $170.4 million since debuting in July, while the second “Sinister” film has racked up $18.5 million in two weeks of release.

This article originally appeared on Variety.

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The butt on Kanye West these days though.

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this is funny………..

The butt on Kanye West these days though...(photo)

The butt on Kanye West these days though...(photo)

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Relationship goals or not? Lovestruck woman and her boyfriend engage in a very rough play with a gun

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There’s nothing you wouldn’t find on social media these days! A video shared via Instgaram recently shows a black young man being urged by his lovestruck girlfriend to shoot her head with his gun. Not knowing whether it was loaded or not, she blindly urged the violent act on – insisting that she loves and trusts him. Watch below…

 

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Kevin Hart’s sex tape partner finds it ‘distasteful’ that the married comedian is cashing in on the cheating scandal

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Montia Sabbag, the 26-year-old woman at the center of the Kevin Hart sex tape scandal, is reportedly upset that the married comedian is cashing in on the drama.

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Weeks after Kevin apologised to his pregnant wife, Eniko, for cheating on her, he officially announced that he was going on an ‘Irresponsible’ comedy tour in the US – which was clearly put in place to exploit the scandal resulting from his sex tape.

Montia’s attorney, Lisa Bloom however insists that they find Kevin using the scandal “very distasteful” because Montia is enduring social media hacks, death threats and slut-shaming. “This stuff takes a toll mentally and physically, and now with this tour it’s like this whole thing was a joke,” she said.

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