Box Office: ‘The Perfect Guy’ Keeps M. Night Shyamalan Out of No. 1 Spot
M. Night Shyamalan was looking to make a comeback this weekend, but his latest horror-thriller just barely missed out on the top spot.
Stalker thriller The Perfect Guy reached the No. 1 spot with $25.9 million, squeaking past Shyamalan’s The Visit, which came in at No. 2 with $25.4 million. The Perfect Guy, which stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut, tells the story of a lobbyist who discovers the man she thought was Mr. Right is actually Mr. Wrong. Yes, it basically sounds like gender-swapped Fatal Attraction, but the movie is significant for reasons other than its pseudo-reboot qualities: thanks to The Perfect Guy reaching the top spot at the box office, this is now the fifth weekend in a row in which the No. 1 spot is held by a film headlined by black actors (with War Room taking the top spot last week, and Straight Outta Compton holding down the No. 1 position for the three weeks previous). It’s kind of embarrassing that it’s taken this long for their to be major change in box office demographics in the U.S., but this is a sign of real progress in the entertainment industry.
Hell, there’s even a silver lining for Shyamalan. Despite missing out on the No. 1 spot, The Visit now has the biggest opening of 2015 for any horror film.
The rest of the Top 5 was nearly as surprising this week: War Room fell to No. 3 in its third weekend with $7.8 million, but it remains a massive success story, as the faith-based drama has now earned $39.6 million domestically, a number that represents THIRTEEN TIMES the movie’s budget! And the success stories didn’t stop there, as the quiet Robert Redford/Nick Nolte drama, A Walk in the Woods, landed at No. 4 with $4.7 million to bring its domestic total to $20 million, which is over twice the film’s budget.
And then there’s Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, which continues to be one of the biggest triumphs of the summer, not only enjoying near-universal critical and audience acclaim, but remaining in the Top 5 nearly two months into its run. The action-spy flick came in at No. 5 with $4.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $188 million and its worldwide gross to $613 million. Naturally, this is huge for the franchise, and star Tom Cruise, who could certainly use the good news following the tragic plane crash on the set of his latest movie that left two people dead. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation also achieved a significant feat that no other film has been able to do so far: it pushed Straight Outta Compton straight outta the Top 5, narrowly surpassing the month-long hit, which came in at No. 6 with $3.9 million.
But how did the other films in the Top 10 do? Check out the full list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 09/15/2015
1. The Perfect Guy ($25.9 million)
2. The Visit ($25.4 million)
3. War Room ($7.8 million)
4. A Walk in the Woods ($4.7 million)
5. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($4.1 million)
6. Straight Outta Compton ($3.9 million)
7. No Escape ($2.9 million)
8. The Transporter Refueled ($2.8 million)
9. 90 Minutes in Heaven ($2.03 million)
10. Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos ($2.02 million)