Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer movies at the box office, and this season was as erratic as they come. The weekend was one of the worst holidays in recent memory at the theater, yet it caps off the second highest-grossing summer in box office history.
The winners of the audience's unpredictability were definitely War Room and Straight Outta Compton. The films occupied the number one and two spots, respectively, keeping the weekend's new release Transporter: Refueled far away from first place. War Room grossed $12.5 million on the strength of the faith-based market, and Compton took in another $11 million for a domestic total of $149.9 million.
Robert Redford's A Walk in the Woods came in third with $10.5 million and Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation took fourth with $9.3 mil. Transporter opened in fifth place with a very disappointing $9 million.
Next week, Sanaa Lathan juggles the affections of Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy in the thriller The Perfect Guy while M. Night Shyamalan takes another stab at a box office hit with The Visit.
(Photos from left: Europa, Universal, Provident Films)