After a dismal outing over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the box office started to show signs of life again, with The Perfect Guy fending off The Visit in a very close race. The Perfect Guy took in $26.7 million over the weekend, with The Visit just behind it in second place with $25.6 million. Since these estimates are so close to each other, it's possible these results could change when the actual box office figures are announced on Monday, but, for now The Perfect Guy has the top spot, according to the estimates at Box Office Mojo.
Both The Perfect Guy ($12 million budget) and The Visit ($5 million) have already turned a profit after just one weekend, but The Perfect Guy's win is more impressive since it opened in far fewer theaters than The Visit. The Perfect Guy opened in 2,221 theaters, earning an robust $12,022 per-screen average. The Visit, on the other hand, opened in 3,069 theaters, with a solid $8,371 per-screen average. Ironically, The Perfect Guy wasn't received too well from the nation's critics, with just 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, but The Visit fared much better, with a 62% RT rating.
The Visit marks director M. Night Shyamalan's return to the big screen, and his low-budget roots, after a string of big-budget failures such as The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. On the other hand, The Perfect Guy is directed by David M. Rosenthal, who makes his major studio debut after directing indie's such as Falling Up, Janie Jones and A Single Shot. Both movies are thrillers, although both of these stories are vastly different. The Visit follows two young siblings visiting their grandparents for the first time, although something doesn't seem right about this elderly couple. The Perfect Guy follows a woman who gets involved in a steamy affair with a man who turns out to be quite dangerous.
Last weekend's surprise winner, War Room, dropped to third place with $7.4 million, dropping just 21.9% from last weekend. Distributor TriStar added 161 more theaters this weekend, bringing the faith-based drama's theater count up to 1,647. The film has earned $39.1 million from just a $3 million budget, and we'll have to wait and see if TriStar decides to expand War Room even more in its fourth weekend. The film is the latest hit from director Alex Kendrick, whose films Courageous, Fireproof and Facing the Giants have gone under the radar to bring in impressive box office numbers. A Walk in the Woods ($4.6 million, $19.8 million domestic) and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation ($4.1 million $188.1 million) round out the top five. This weekend marks Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation's seventh straight weekend in the top 5.
Rounding out the top 10 is Straight Outta Compton ($4.09 million, $155.7 million domestsic), No Escape ($2.8 million, $24.1 million domestic), The Transporter Refueled ($2.7 million, $13.3 million domestic), new release 90 Minutes in Heaven ($2.1 million) and Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos ($1.9 million, $6.6 million domestic). The Transporter Refueled dropped a staggering 63.3% in its second weekend, earning an abysmal $786 per-screen average from 3,434 theaters. 90 Minutes in Heaven, on the other hand, pulled in a $2,461 per-screen average from 878 theaters. After its surprising debut in the top 10 last weekend, Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos added 221 theaters bringing the theater count up to 616. The Spanish-language animated movie earned a solid $3,084 per-screen average.
Pixar's Inside Out returned to the top 10 last weekend, with the studio bringing it back in wide release for the Labor Day holiday weekend, but it dropped down to 14th place with $1.4 million from 2,002 theaters, a decrease of 965 from last weekend. The animated blockbuster has taken in a massive $351.4 million from a $175 million budget. There won't be many more opportunities to see Inside Out in theaters, since Disney will release the hit movie on Blu-ray and DVD November 3. The Disney blockbuster currently ranks as the third-highest grossing movie of the year, behind Jurassic World ($648.9 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($458.3 million).
A slew of movies opened in limited release this weekend, most of which performed quite well. Sleeping with Other People, starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie and Adam Scott, earned $103,125 from five theaters, with a fantastic $20,625 per-screen average. Meet the Patels pulled in $75,597 from five theaters, earning an impressive $15,119 per-screen average. Time Out of Mind starring Jena Malone and Richard Gere earned $15,216 from three theaters, for a $5,072 per-screen average. A Brilliant Young Mind earned $36,000 from three theaters for a $12,000 per-screen average.
Next week will bring three new movies in wide release, Warner Bros.' crime drama Black Mass, Paramount's thriller Captive and 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. There are also a slew of notable films arriving in limited release, such as Everest, which debuts only in IMAX theaters next weekend before expanding nationwide on September 25, Lionsgate's Sicario, which will also expand to a nationwide release on the 25th, Bleecker Street's Pawn Sacrifice, The Weinstein Company's About Ray and Cinedigm's War Pigs. While we wait for the box office estimates on Sunday, check out our predictions for this weekend's top 10 below.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:
|1||The Perfect Guy|
|4||A Walk in the Woods|
|5||Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation|
|6||Straight Outta Compton|
|8||The Transporter Refueled|
|9||90 Minutes in Heaven|
|10||Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos|