Two new thrillers debuted this weekend, and both of them exceeded expectations to earn openings in the mid-$20 million range. The Perfect Guy landed in first by a hair, although the numbers are close enough that they could change when the official non-estimates come in tomorrow, but the movie opened with $26 million and an "A-" Cinemascore from audiences. The Visit meanwhile scored about $25 million and marks something of a mini-comeback for M. Night Shyamalan, since this is his first film since the bomb After Earth.
The other new release this weekend was a new faith-based film called 90 Minutes in Heaven, which opened in 838 theaters to over $2 million. But the rest of the top five was filled out by holdovers, starting with War Room, which took in another $7 million and has now grossed almost $40 million, A Walk in the Woods, closing in on $20 million overall, and Mission: Impossible, which surpassed Straight Outta Compton to spend its seventh weekend in the top five, bringing its total close to $190 million domestic.
- The Perfect Guy- $26.7 million
- The Visit- $25.7 million
- War Room- $7.4 million
- A Walk in the Woods- $4.7 million
- Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation- $4.2 million
In limited release, the romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People opened on 5 screens to a $20k average, while Grandma passed $2 million while still on just 130 screens, a big success so far for the independent film. Next week it's Johnny Depp's potential comeback role with the gangster drama Black Mass, which will face off against the Maze Runner sequel in wide release, while the mountain climbing drama Everest opens on 400 IMAX screens only. We're about to be swamped with adult audience movies for the fall season people, so stay tuned to see which ones can break out while others inevitably get lost in the crowd.