Christian drama War Room has toppled Straight Outta Compton to land at #1 at the Box Office. With $12.6 million in just over 1,500 theaters, according to box-office tracking firm Rentrak, it is safe to say the summer box office is ending on a blessed note. Made on a budget of just $3.5 million, the PG-rated film has earned $27.9 million in just two weekends of release.
War Room, about a crumbling marriage redeemed by prayer, is the highest-grossing faith-based film since When the Game Stands Tall opened to $8.4 million last August (netting $30.1 million total). Although last year had a number of hits with Christian themes — including Son of God ($59.7 million), God’s Not Dead ($60.8 million) and Heaven Is for Real ($91.4 million) — there have been fewer faith-based offerings this year, which may have contributed to War Room‘s success, according to Rentrak senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian.