The Perfect Guy tops North America box office in debut

 Actor Michael Ealy of  The Perfect Guy at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles in June.
Actor Michael Ealy of The Perfect Guy at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles in June. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Perfect Guy, a thriller about a woman whose tryst with a seemingly ideal man turns dangerous, topped North American box office sales in its debut weekend, industry trackers said Sunday.

The film starring Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy took in US$26.7 million, Exhibitor Relations said.

Second place went to another new movie: horror flick The Visit, about two children who discover a shocking secret when they go visit their grandparents for the first time. It made US$25.7 million.

Faith-based drama War Room, about a troubled couple that finds help through prayer, dropped from first to third place as it took in US$7.4 million.

Ranked fourth was A Walk in the Woods, with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, at US$4.6 million.

Based on a book by writer Bill Bryson, the film dramatises his homecoming hike along the Appalachian Trail with an old friend, after a long absence from America. Last week it came in third.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, the heart-pounding Tom Cruise vehicle, stayed in fifth place as it pulled in another US$4.2 million during its seventh week in theatres, for a cumulative gross of US$188.2 million.

In sixth place with US$4.1 million was Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the pioneering rap group NWA. It had held first place for its first three weeks on the big screen, and was second last week. Its cumulative total over five weeks is US$155.7 million.

Seventh place went to No Escape, which posted US$2.9 million in sales. The expat adventure film stars Owen Wilson as a father trying to save his family in the middle of a foreign country's political uprising.

Dropping from fourth to eighth in the charts was action thriller Transporter: Refueled, by French director Camille Delamarre, which made US$2.7 million during its second weekend.

"90 Minutes in Heaven," based on the true story of a pastor's near-death experience after a horrific automobile accident, came in ninth in its debut weekend with $2.2 million.

Mexico's Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos (A Rooster with Many Eggs), a Spanish-language animated feature, pulled in US$1.9 million in ticket revenue as it finished tenth.

In its second week, the 3D film about a little rooster that fights a mean rancher is being shown in its original Spanish with English subtitles and has had little advertising in North America.