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'The Perfect Guy' scares off 'The Visit' at Friday's box office

'The Perfect Guy' scares off 'The Visit' at Friday's box office
The new thriller 'The Perfect Guy," starring Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy, topped the box office on Friday. (Screen Gems)

"The Visit," Oscar-nominated director M. Night Shyamalan's "comeback" from his 2013 disaster "After Earth," was eclipsed by the other new release, thriller "The Perfect Guy," at the box office Friday.

Sony/Screen Gems' "The Perfect Guy," starring Sanaa Lathan as a professional woman who begins dating the too-good-to-be-true fella (Michael Ealy), earned an estimated $9.95 million Friday according to boxoffice.com.

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Universal's "The Visit," a low-budget horror film about two kids whose visit to their grandparents doesn't go exactly as planned, brought in an estimated $9.22 million Friday -- the total also includes the $1 million the movie earned in Thursday evening previews.

"The Perfect Guy" hasn't actually scared up much critical praise -- it's only 25% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, but it appears to be critic-proof, earning a CinemaScore of A-minus from moviegoers.

Reviews for "The Visit" have been mixed; it's at 62% fresh for "The Sixth Sense" filmmaker. However The Times review wasn't as favorable, calling "The Visit" "sham Shyamalan." And it's only managed a B-minus on CinemaScore.

Still, "The Visit" is Shyamalan's best reviewed film since 2004's "Signs" with Mel Gibson.

Last week's top film, the faith-based "War Room," fell to third Friday with an estimated $2.2 million and a total of $33.9 million.

The Robert Redford-Nick Nolte buddy comedy, "A Walk in the Woods," was No. 4 in its second weekend with an estimated $1.5 million for a total of $16.7 million.

"Straight Outta Compton" added an estimated $1.2 million to its coffers for a total of $152.8 million.

The only other new major release, another faith-based film, "90 Minutes in Heaven," starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth, placed ninth with an estimated $730,000.

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