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Box Office Report: “The Perfect Guy” overcomes “The Visit”

Posted in: Box Office Report, General  |  By: John Hanlon  |  September 16th, 2015
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This past weekend, more about M. Night Shyamalan’s  The Visit opened against the new creepy boyfriend thriller The Perfect Guy.

Despite the fact that the former film earned some good notices (including from this site) and the latter film received mostly negative reviews, The Perfect Guy ended up slightly above its competition. When the dust settled on Monday, BoxOfficeMojo reported that less than half a million dollars separated the two opening weekend grosses.

Here are the estimated weekend grosses of the top five films (according to

1. The Perfect Guy — $25.8 million
2. The Visit — $25.4 million
3. War Room — $7.7 million
4. A Walk in the Woods — $4.7 million
5. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation — $4.1 million

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the big winners at the box office and a few of the big losers.

Loser: Transporter Refueled

In its second weekend, Transporter Refueled plummeted domestically at the box office by over 60% and landed in eighth place, according to The site reports that the previous film, which starred Jason Statham, grossed over 31 million at the domestic box office during its entire run. With such low numbers during its second week though, Refueled would be lucky to come close to that number.

In terms of international numbers, Transporter 3 earned over one hundred million worldwide while this latest sequel only only grossed 23 million across the globe so far.

Winner: War Room

The religious film about the power of prayer remained in the top five at the box office this weekend and has now earned a little less than 40 million. The movie continues to surprise analysts and has now become director Alex Kendrick’s highest-grossing picture.

Winner: The Visit

It would be easy to call The Visit a loser this past weekend because it came in second at the box office. However, the film is a big winner for making over 25 million dollars (on a low budget) during its opening weekend with its lesser-known cast. The film also marks a comeback of sorts for director M. Night Shyamalan, whose last few films bombed commercially and critically. This one did well with both audiences and critics, who gave it a fresh rating on

Winner: The Perfect Guy

This thriller about an obsessive boyfriend (played by Michael Ealy) defied expectations and opened at number one at the box office. Although the film underwhelmed critics (it currently has a 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), it pleased audiences who flocked to theaters to see the defiant main character fight back against a psychotic aggressor.