The box office came back to life (somewhat) this weekend, thanks to two unlikely new releases: The Screen Gems thriller, “The Perfect Guy” topped the weekend chart with a solid $26.7 million, and M. Night Shyamalan’s micro-budget thriller “The Visit” was a very close second with an estimated $25.6 million.
“The Perfect Guy,” stars the very underrated Michael Ealy (his third $25+ million opening in a row by the way), Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut. Before debuting on the big screen, the film wasn’t screened for critics (usually a bad sign.), and the reviews since, haven’t been very kind (31 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). The film’s audience however, didn’t seem to care about the reviews, as they awarded the movie an a “A-” CinemaScore.
But even with that score expect “The Perfect Guy” to drop over 50% next weekend when “Black Mass” and the Maze runner sequel hit theatres. In fact, Perfect Guy could see a similar drop to the nearly 60% drop last year for “No Good Deed.” The good news here is that “The Perfect Guy” was made for only $12 million, so it’s already a hit.
Un next we have the latest disaster from the artist formerly known as M. Night Shyamalan. To be fait though, his latest movie “The Visit” is sort of a win for the filmmaker who has struggled for the last decade with his studio features.
“The Visit” was made on a $5 million budget, and was then picked up by horror’s new master producer, Jason Blum, who took it to Universal where he has a multi-picture deal. With $25.6 million in the bank, the partnership appear to have worked out well for all involved.
“The Visit” also opened in 14 markets in Europe where it brought in an estimated $3.8 million for a worldwide total of nearly $30 million, six-times its production budget. Does this mean M. Night Shyamalan is back with a vengeance? Time will tell.