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God Smites Competition at the Underwhelming Labor Day Weekend Box Office

War Room, an almost unanimously derided spiritual film, rose up and smote the sickly Labor Day weekend box office with a $9.3 million gross; in its two weeks in theaters, the film has earned more than eight times its $3 million budget. War Room usurped Straight Outta Compton, which managed $8.85 million in its fourth week for a total of $147.7 million. A Walk in the Woods opened with $8.4 million, while Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation remains in the top five for the sixth week, earning $7.1 million for a total of $180.3 million. The Jason Statham–less Transporter: Refueled ran out of gas quickly, sputtering into fifth place its opening weekend with a $7.1 million haul. That’s the lowest opening weekend for the Transporter series; the second film made $16.5 million its first weekend. Overall, the total domestic cume for the top-12 grossing films this weekend was $65.3 million, a pretty middling amount, though it’s still a step up from last year’s abysmal $51.4 million (which Guardians of the Galaxy won easily in its seventh week). This is the first weekend in 2015 during which a film did not earn at least $10 million.

God Wins the Sad Labor Day Weekend Box Office