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Box Office: ‘The Perfect Guy’ Edges Out ‘The Visit’ in Friday Receipts

New thrillers “The Perfect Guy” and “The Visit” were neck and neck at the Friday box office, with “The Perfect Guy’s” $10 million haul just edging out “The Visit’s” $9.2 million take.

Sony/Screen Gems’ “The Perfect Guy,” which stars Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy, had a solid bow in 2,221 locations Friday, tracking for a three-day total of $25 million. Pic follows Lathan’s character as she becomes entrapped in an intense love triangle that turns dangerous. At this time last year, Screen Gems found success in releasing similar romantic thriller “No Good Deed” with Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, which bowed to $24.3 million.

“The Perfect Guy,” which boasts a modest $12 million pricetag, is the third in a string of recent films aimed at African-American audiences to strike it big at the box office (following “Straight Outta Compton” and “War Room.”)

According to the Variety review, “The Perfect Guy” is “a strictly by-the-books affair. Despite an appealing trio of leads, it seems likely to entice only those with an unquenchable thirst for thriller cliches.”

In second place is M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Visit,” Universal’s latest collaboration with Blumhouse Productions, which is pacing for a weekend total of $22 million in 3,069 locations. Made on a $5 million budget, the scarer follows a pair of kids on a trip to their grandparents’ home that turns into a nightmare. Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie and Kathryn Hahn star in the pic, which was produced by Marc Bienstock, Jason Blum and Shyamalan.

“The Visit” has earned some of the critical praise that Shyamalan enjoyed earlier in his career for pics like “The Sixth Sense.” The Variety review predicted that “The Visit” would “ultimately find a cult following thanks to its freakier twists and turns, but hardly represents a return to form for its one-time Oscar-nominated auteur.”

Also out this weekend is Christian drama “90 Minutes in Heaven,” starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth. The Samuel Goldwyn Films release bowed at more than 800 sites, pulling in $742,000. Based on Don Piper’s 2004 biography about spending 90 minutes in heaven following a 1989 car crash, the pic is on pace for a weekend haul of $2.3 million.

Sony’s “War Room,” which topped “Straight Outta Compton” on Labor Day weekend, finished third with $2.2 million on Friday. The faith-based drama is likely to generate a three-day total of $8 million.

Broad Green’s “A Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, nabbed $1.4 million on Friday, on track for a three-day total of $5 million.

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