Madea Snuffs Out Inferno in Theaters
With $17.22 million and a reasonable 39.6 percent second-weekend drop, Lionsgate’s horror comedy Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween beat out the expected leader, Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures’ Tom Hanks-led thriller Inferno, which didn’t heat up at the box office with $14.86 million.
The World Series and early Halloween festivities might have scared away business last weekend, giving Boo! A Madea Halloween the chance to repeat as the top film in North America. A slight bump in locations lifted the comedy to an early $52.56 million domestic total. All seven films in Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise have grossed more than $50 million in North America, led by 2009’s Madea Goes to Jail with $90.5 million.
Inferno’s second place debut was substantially behind the opening weekends of predecessors in the series adapted from Dan Brown’s best-selling novels: The Da Vinci Code started with $77.0 million 2006 – about $101.3 million adjusted for ticket price inflation — and Angels & Demons opened with $46.2 million in 2009 — about $53.3 million adjusted for inflation.
Paramount Pictures’ Jack Reacher: Never Go Back sputtered in its second weekend, falling 57.8 percent from its previous week’s debut to a $9.64 million take. While its opening weekend was actually higher than the 2012’s original $15 million take, the sequel’s second weekend is sharply behind the original’s $13.6 million second weekend. Jack Reacher grossed a total of $80 million domestically following its December 2012 release; Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will have a challenge on its hands to try to meet that number with several high-profile films coming up. The film has grossed a total of $39.77 million domestically so far.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Universal Pictures titles closed out the weekend’s top five. The Accountant fell 37.8 percent in its third weekend, earning $8.48 million from 3,780 locations and crossing the $60 million mark domestically. It opened in three major overseas markets last weekend: Russia, United Arab Emirates and Italy. It expands to France, Australia, the UK, and Mexico this coming weekend. The Ben Affleck movie has grossed over $80 million worldwide.
Ouija: Origin of Evil grossed $7.11 million from 3,168 locations in its second weekend. The horror flick is trailing its previous entry, 2014’s Ouija, by $10 million over the same period. It expanded to 20 territories last weekend, adding $8.3 million to its overseas bounty. Spain was the weekend’s top new territory with a $982,000 fourth place finish. The Ouija sequel has now grossed a total of $24.68 million domestically and $43.7 million worldwide.
|This Week||Last Week||Movie||Weekend Gross||Cumulative Gross||Weeks|
|1||1||Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Medea Halloween||$17.22M||$52.56M||2|
|3||2||Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||$9.64M||$39.77M||2|
|5||3||Ouija: Origin of Evil||$7.11M||$24.69M||2|
|6||5||The Girl on the Train||$4.39M||$66.04M||4|
|7||6||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children||$4.07M||$79.98M||5|
|8||7||Keeping Up with the Joneses||$3.39M||$10.79M||2|
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