Compton and War Room battle for Labor Day weekend crown

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This photo provided by EuropaCorp/TF1 Films shows, Ed Skrein, as Frank Martin, in EuropaCorp's "The Transporter Refueled." The film opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (Bruno Calvo/EuropaCorp/TF1 Films via AP)

CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – Once again new releases will play second fiddle to returning movies. Straight Outta Compton will attempt to claim number one for a fourth weekend in a row, while faith based War Room will make a second attempt to unseat the biopic.

Newcomers The Transporter Refueled and A Walk in the Woods were in the mix Friday, but should fade by Monday. The top four movies at the box-office Friday were all within $250,000 of each other. Transporter was tops with $2.4 million, but because this was its opening day it will not maintain its position over the next three days.

This photo provided by Broad Green Pictures shows, Robert Redford, from left, as Bill Bryson, Emma Thompson as Cynthia Bryson and Nick Nolte as Stephen Katz in the film, "A Walk in the Woods." (Frank Masi, SMPSP/Broad Green Pictures via AP)
This photo provided by Broad Green Pictures shows, Robert Redford, from left, as Bill Bryson, Emma Thompson as Cynthia Bryson and Nick Nolte as Stephen Katz in the film, “A Walk in the Woods.” (Frank Masi, SMPSP/Broad Green Pictures via AP)

A Walk in the Woods ended in fourth place on Friday with just under $2.2 million. Because it opened on Wednesday however, it should hold better over the weekend. It may even finish in third place ahead of Transporter by the end of Monday.

This leaves us with last week’s number one and number two movies Compton and War Room battling it out once again for first place. Compton won last week’s battle by about $2 million. This week promises to be an even closer battle.

War Room and Compton were almost identical Friday with War Room having a slight edge $2.3 to $2.2. Since War Room is a returning movie this weekend, it will not have a drop from Friday to Saturday like last weekend. With most of the difference between the two movies coming from Saturday’s gross last weekend, we can expect a much closer result between the two this weekend.

Despite War Room expanding by about 400 theaters and placing higher on Friday, Compton has proven that you should not underestimate its chances.  Compton has maintained strong holds and has defended its box-office crown for three weeks now. If it retains first place this weekend it will have held first for longer than even Jurassic World was able to (albeit with less competition).

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