Romantic thriller The Perfect Guy exceeded predictions at the box office, opening strong and taking the top spot in ticket sales over the weekend.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the film — starring Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut, and Michael Ealy — was expected to gross between $15 to $17 million. However, it raked in a cool $26.7 million.
In The Perfect Guy, Lathan plays a lobbyist named Leah who partakes in a steamy and dangerous love affair with Carter (Ealy) after leaving her boyfriend Dave (Chestnut).
The release of the thriller makes it the fifth weekend in a row that an African-American film has dominated the box office. For the past four weeks, N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton ruled the roost with a total of $155 million in domestic sales.
Lathan posted her excitement on Instagram Monday morning, noting that African-American audiences are interested in more than slavery or other films that prey on our history and stereotypes.
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Yessss!! Thank you all for your enthusiasm & support! We love you💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾. #Repost @pineapplesandlove ・・・ Ok, I'm so hype because this movie was in 300 LESS theaters than the Visit and still made #1, with a black woman lead. This is the fifth consecutive #1 box office win for african american led movies. And here's a quote from Forbes, "Black audiences absolutely crave wholly mainstream entertainment that isn’t necessarily focused on the horrors of slavery, the legacy of Jim Crow, and the past-and-present turmoil of racism in America." If that ain't the damn truth!!! #ThePerfectGuy #SupportBlackActors #SupportBlackMovies #StopWithTheBullshit #RepresentationMatters
Ealy also praised Lathan for her role in the film.
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"Lost in this world wind…96 Bonnie and Clyde…." Big Love to my partner in crime and Co-star the oh so talented @sanaalathan. Loved working with you on this piece aka #theperfectguy Your passion and talent are on display but it is your sense of humor that makes it ALL SO MUCH FUN!!! CAN'T forget my mellow my man #morrischestnut P.S. huge S/O to the incomparable #WhoopiGoldberg your genius and wisdom is always on point.
Critics rated the film an A-, according CinemaScore.
Here’s the full list of how The Perfect Guy and other films did over the weekend, provided by Digital Spy.
1. (-) The Perfect Guy – $26,700,000
2. (-) The Visit – $25,690,000
3. (1) War Room – $7,400,000
4. (3) A Walk in the Woods – $4,620,099
5. (5) Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $4,150,000
6. (2) Straight Outta Compton – $4,090,000
7. (6) No Escape – $2,879,000
8. (4) The Transporter Refueled – $2,700,000
9. (-) 90 Minutes in Heaven – $2,160,911
10. (9) Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos – $1,900,000
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Sanaa Lathan’s Romantic Thriller “The Perfect Guy” Tops Box Office With $26.7 Million Debut was originally published on newsone.com