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“WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS” WORST DEBUT EVER FOR MAJOR STUDIO FILM

“WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS” WORST DEBUT EVER FOR MAJOR STUDIO FILM
Zac Efron’s electronic dance music film “We Are Your Friends” launched to a disappointing $1.8 million from 2,333 theaters, making it the worst debut of all time for a major studio movie opening in 2,000 or more theaters. The Warner Bros. film was predicted to earn at least $8 million in its first week in theaters, but it turned out that the movie did far less than expected. “This was a passion project for Zac Efron, and we believe in him,” said Warners exec VP for domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein. “Yes, the result was disappointing, but this was a small film,” Goldstein added. The movie even failed to enter the top ten in this weekend’s box office and earned middling reviews and a C+ CinemaScore from audiences. Meanwhile, rap group movie “Straight Outta Compton” managed to maintain its glory, placing number one for the third straight weekend with an estimated $13.2 million for a domestic total of $134.1 million. Christian drama “War Room” performed well, earning approximately $11 million from 1,135 theaters in its opening weekend. The movie has a good debut which marked the top debut for a faith-based title since “Heaven Is for Real” ($22.5 million) in April 2014. Another new release was “No Escape”, which opened to around $8.29 million, coming right after Tom Cruise’s-starrer “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation”, which grossed approximately $8.30 million in its fifth week. Rounding out the top five was “Sinister 2”, adding another $4.7 million for a domestic total of $18.5 million.