According to The Hollywood Reporter, romantic thriller "The Perfect Guy" was the number one movie at the box office this weekend! The film beat M. Night Shyamalan's horror-thriller "The Visit" at the North American box office with $26.7 million from 2,221 theaters. "The Visit" took in an estimated $25.7 million from 3,068 theaters, the top opening of 2015 so far for a horror film.
"Perfect Guy," from Screen Gems, marks the fifth weekend in a row that a movie featuring African-American actors in the lead roles topped the chart. Universal's "Straight Outta Compton" won three consecutive weekends, followed by Sony/TriStar's Christian drama "War Room" over Labor Day. Directed by David M. Rosenthal and written by Tyger Williams, "Perfect Guy" stars Sanaa Lathan as a successful lobbyist who begins a torrid affair with a charming, dangerous stranger (Michael Ealy), just as her former boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) resurfaces.
"Perfect Guy," nabbing an A- CinemaScore, cost lost than most Screen Gems titles, or $12 million. African-Americans made up more than 60 percent of the audience, while females made up 70 percent of all ticket buyers. "It really killed in the South and on the East Coast. This is a big win for us, and no one does the sex thriller genre better than Clint Culpepper's Screen Gems," said Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer, noting that "War Room," an African-American Christian drama, also held well. "If your films resonate well with your core audience, they are going to show up."
Ealy has starred in a number of films for Screen Gems, including the "Think Like a Man" series and "About Last Night." Lathan's credits include Universal's box-office hit "The Best Man." She's also an accomplished Broadway actress who was nominated for her performance in "A Raisin in the Sun." Chestnut ("Kick-Ass 2," "The Call") also starred in the first "Think Like a Man."
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