A faith-based movie edges out ‘Straight Outta Compton’ to top the weekend box office

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‘War Room.’ TriStar/Sony

In a very slow Labour Day holiday weekend at the multiplex, it’s faith-based film “War Room” that finally drops N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” from its box office perch.

In its second weekend in theatres, “War Room” tops the three-day weekend with an estimated $US9.35 million. “Straight Outta Compton” took in an estimated $US8.85 million to come in second, according to pro.boxoffice.com.

“War Room” is the latest project from brothers Alex (director) and Stephen (producer) Kendrick, whose Christian-focused titles have found box office success in the last decade with titles like “Courageous” and “Fireproof.

While the new release this weekend, “The Transporter Refueled,” didn’t fare so well. A reboot of the actioner without star Jason Statham debuted with an estimated $US7.1 million over the three-day weekend. Setting an opening weekend low for the franchise.

And with this weekend being the official end of the summer movie season, the film has the dubious distinction of being the lowest opening weekend sequel of the summer.

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