The box office bounced back nicely from the horrendous Labor Day weekend with a pair of decent openings that arguably surpassed expectations.
The number one film this week is The Perfect Guy, which made $26.7 million in its first three days. The romantic thriller entered theaters with very little buzz, but it still managed to find an audience and help the marketplace escape the doldrums somewhat after a rough few weeks. Perfect Guy is already well on its way to turning a hefty profit for Screen Gems, as it has already exceeded the $12 million production budget. Critically speaking, the word-of-mouth wasn't very strong, so it remains to be seen if the film can be a strong hold - a tough task given the projects that are coming out soon. Regardless, it's proven to be a worthy investment.
Coming in second is M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit (read our review) with $25.6 million. That's actually the second-lowest wide debut of the filmmaker's career (only Lady in the Water opened worse), so some may be wondering why this figure is good news. When compared to Shyamalan's recent underperforming films, like After Earth and The Last Airbender, The Visit was not marketed as a big event picture. Instead, it was sold as a much more modest horror flick. That's not to say awareness was an issue for it - The Visit did have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 - it's that there never was any expectation for this film to be a massive hit.
Universal, who already has one of the best box office years in history, has to be very pleased with this result. The Visit cost just $5 million to make, so the film has already earned more than five times its production budget. Essentially, everything it grosses from here on out is icing on the cake. And the film earned decent review scores, so even if it's not the immediate "comeback" Shyamalan fans have been waiting for, it's a promising start to a fruitful partnership between the director and producer Jason Blum.
Religious drama War Room is the #3 film with $7.4 million. It has now made $39.1 million in the States.
Coming in fourth is A Walk in the Woods, which brought in $4.6 million in its second weekend. The indie film has now grossed $19.8 million in the States.
Rounding out the top five is Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation with $4.1 million. The fifth installment in the long-running action franchise has now made $188.1 million domestically
In sixth is Straight Outta Compton. The N.W.A. biopic grossed $4 million this weekend to raise its domestic total to $155.7 million.
No Escape comes in at #7 after making $2.8 million. The film is now up to $24.1 million in the U.S.
Falling to eighth in its second weekend is The Transporter Refueled, which made $2.7 million. That's a 63.3 percent drop from its unimpressive opening numbers. The reboot has made only $13.3 million domestically. It's not getting much help from the international markets, as the global total is currently just $23.3 million.
Debuting in ninth is 90 Minutes in Heaven. The religious themed project was obviously hoping to repeat the success of War Room, but it struggled to appeal to audiences. The film made $2.1 million in its first three days, but it only played in 878 locations, so it didn't have quite the exposure the other titles had.
Finishing off the top ten is Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos with $1.9 million. The film has now made $6.6 million in its domestic run.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, September 14 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo