‘The Visit’ Terrorizes Thursday Night Box Office With $1 Million

M. Night Shyamalan directed the film which is tracking for a $15 million to $17 million opening weekend

Last Updated: September 11, 2015 @ 9:50 AM

M. Night Shyamalan‘s “The Visit” began terrorizing eager audiences on Thursday night, and raked in $1 million from previews that started running in 2,206 locations.

The Universal release cost $5 million to make, and had previously been tracking for a $15 million to $17 million opening weekend.

Critics are praising it as his directorial comeback after his pricey disappointments, “The Last Airbender” and “After Earth.” The Blumhouse horror movie — about two kids (Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould) who discover something strange happens to their creepy grandparents after 9:30 at night — has gotten a 65 percent “fresh” approval rating from critics counted on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Shyamalan’s films have never opened below $18 million — some of his films, such as  2002’ “Signs” and 2004’s “The Village” opened to $60.1 million and $50.7 million, respectively. The director was also responsible for “The Sixth Sense” and “The Happening.”

Jason Blum produced alongside Shyamalan, and Steven Schneider executive produced.

“The Visit” will be competing against Sony/Screen Gem’s thriller “The Perfect Guy,” starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut. It follows a recently broken up with girl who falls for a stranger, only to discover that he isn’t quite who he seems.

It is tracking for a box office return around the same as “The Visit,” but had a higher budget of $12 million. It is directed by David M. Rosenthal and written by Alan B. McElroy and Tyger Williams. 

Sony decided not to have Thursday night showings for “The Perfect Guy.”