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In case you haven't heard, M. Night Shyamalan has been having a bit of a rough time these past few years. Critics have repeatedly pointed out that his new movies tend to get even worse receptions than the previous one did - with his last movie, After Earth, being a total flop when it was released in 2013. The jury is still out regarding whether or not his latest film, The Visit, will be accepted or rejected by critics - but at the very least it looks like the feature is on track to win the box office this weekend.
Variety has posted its research regarding the way the box office dominoes will fall from this upcoming Friday to Sunday, and if analysts can be believed, it looks as though The Visit will be the number one movie in America. The film will be facing off in direct competition with the thriller The Perfect Guy, and both titles are expected to bring in between $15 and $17 million, but at this point it looks like Shyamalan's feature will win out. Right now, early ticket sales give the edge of the Sanaa Lathan/Michael Ealy/Morris Chestnut movie, but analysts predict that the tide will change over the course of the week.
Made on a very small budget and filmed as a found-footage movie, The Visit centers on Beeca (Olivia DeJonge) and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) - a couple of kids who are sent away by their single mother (Kathryn Hahn) to go spend time at their Nana and Pop Pop's house. This all seems fine until the creepiness factor sets in with a set of rules that the grandparents dictate: 1. Have a great time, 2. Eat as much as you want, 3. Don't ever leave your room after 9:30pm. We first learned about the new M. Night Shyamalan feature late last year - when the filmmaker revealed that he had been making it under the radar - and like all of the writer/director's movies, we expect it to end with some kind of big twist.
M. Night Shyamalan still has a number of huge hits on his resume - including The Sixth Sense, Signs, and The Last Airbender, but things didn't exactly go too well the last time that he helmed a feature. In 2013 he made After Earth, and while the film was expected to be a decent summer blockbuster - budgeted at $130 million - it wound up opening at number three and made just $60 million domestically. With a lot less money behind it, The Visit stands a much bigger chance of actually being successful - especially now that it looks to open at the top of the domestic box office.
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