Box Office: “Perfect Guy” starts Fall off with a hit; $26 million — “War Room” close to $40

boxProgramming away from the mainstream has paid off for a few pictures these last few weeks.

The Christian content “War Room” opened on a low-turnout weekend, built buzz on that and is closing in on the $40 million mark. It should clear that Monday or Tuesday.

And “The Perfect Guy,” an African-American cast stalker thriller with Sanaa Lathan stalked by Michael Ealy, and Morris Chestnut caught in the wringer between them, opened huge this weekend, pulling in over $26 million and winning the first official weekend of the fall.

“The Visit” opened at over $25 million, for second place and a second life into M. Night Shyamalan’s career. No name cast, modestly spooky, and it hits.

More counter programming — the Spanish language distributor Pantelion has a modest kiddie cartoon hit with “UN GALLO CON MUCHOS HUEVOS,” which cleared $6 million and cracked the top ten. Chicken Little, with a double entendre title?

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