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Fulfilling audiences’ seasonal desires to get good and scared by how teenagers talk these days, Boo! A Madea Halloween blustered its way to the top of the box office this weekend, where it slapped its competitors around like a 17-year-old caught with beer. Tyler Perry’s seventh Madea-branded film—and the character’s ninth movie overall—took in $27.6 million across 2,260 theaters, reversing a slight downward trajectory for the franchise that saw A Madea Christmas debut at just $16 million back in 2013. The comparatively scarce competition of Halloween-themed fare no doubt helped, as did the three years off, an absence that only made the heart grow fonder of Tyler Perry berating people in a dress. Analysts are also crediting a viral skit where Madea talked to Jimmy Fallon’s Trump, as well as the casting of various back-sassing kids with heavy social media followings—all »
- Sean O'Neal
This weekend’s openers did not look like standouts on paper. But two star vehicles, Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” (Lionsgate) and Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher: Never Look Back” (Paramount), both exceeded their expected $20 million openings. The reason? They gave moviegoers, who may be feeling a tad rattled during this tempestuous election season, something familiar and safe.
Add in the middling “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (Universal) and the flop “Keeping Up With the Joneses” (20th Century Fox) and the unusually heavy release schedule (before the must-to-avoid Halloween weekend) reversed recent sliding gross totals. Temporary? We’ll see. But it’s better news for sure.
The Top Ten
1. Boo! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 34; Est. budget: $20 million
$27,600,000 in 2,260 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $12,212; Cumulative: $27,600,000
2. Jack Reacher: Never Look Back (Paramount) New – Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 47 ; Est. budget: $60 million
$23,000,000 in 3,780 theaters; PTA: $6,085; Cumulative: $23,000,000
- Tom Brueggemann
There is plenty to discuss in a weekend where Lionsgate's Boo! A Madea Halloween is crowned champion of the largest three-day weekend the 2016 box office has seen in over two months. Boo!, along with fellow new releases Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Keeping Up with the Joneses, generated 61.6% of the top twelve's overall gross of nearly $114 million, up 28% from last weekend and up 20% from last year. The weekend also saw a stellar opening for A24's Moonlight in limited release, delivering the largest opening per theater average of the year, and there are plenty of overseas results to discuss. Topping the weekend box office, Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween brought in a stellar $27.6 million from 2,260 theaters ($12,212 PTA), the largest opening for a Madea branded feature and for a Tyler Perry-directed film overall since 2009's Madea Goes to Jail. As far as Madea-branded titles are concerned, »
- Brad Brevet
The latest film in the long-running Madea series racked up $27.6 million. Comedian Chris Rock may be entitled to a percentage of the gross. Creator Tyler Perry was inspired to take his pistol-packing grandma trick-or-treating after Rock’s comedian character in 2014’s “Top Five” joked that his latest movie, a passion project about a slave revolt, was going head-to-head at the box office with “Boo! A Madea Halloween.” What was once intended as satire eventually became a seasonally-appropriate reality.
“This isn’t the end of the series, it’s just the beginning,” said Jeff Bock, box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations, who noted that Perry also scored with 2013’s “A Madea Christmas.” “There are so many holidays left. »
- Brent Lang
Four new wide releases this weekend should help propel the top twelve over $100 million this weekend and, for the first time in six weeks, show improvement over the same weekend last year. This weekend is also going big with sequels, delivering three of them including Tom Cruise returning as the title star in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the horror sequel Ouija: Origin of Evil and Tyler Perry's latest outing as Madea in Boo! A Madea Halloween. Fox will also be releasing the ensemble comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses and Pure Flix is releasing the faith-based, Columbine drama I'm Not Ashamed into just over 500 theaters. Overall the weekend top twelve should come in around $100-105 million if all goes as forecasted. At the top, it would be a nice win for Paramount should they land a #1 finish with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The studio has had a rough go this year, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Four new wide studio releases open Friday, but they promise a weekend of meh. Three are sequels — “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” (Paramount), “Boo: A Madea Halloween,” and “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (Universal) — and will likely fall in the mid-teen millions or slightly higher. The lone original, 20th Century Fox’s “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” likely won’t reach even $10 million.
The Top 10 total should match the $91 million of last year. That’s not an impressive figure, but it’s enough to halt the decline of recent weeks. And, the four films have relatively modest budgets; their domestic takes and/or foreign appeal should keep the red ink from staining.
Still, none of these films are likely to sustain more than short runs; they may not even reach $50 million in domestic gross totals. Worse: They »
- Tom Brueggemann
One of this fall's strangest movies has to be Boo! A Madea Halloween. Sure, it's part of a long running comedy franchise, but it all started as a joke. And now it's a movie. And on top of that, it's a spoof spoofing other horror movies! Will the madness ever end? Not as long as Tyler Perry is alive. While the filmmaker had originally planned to stop making Madea movies, he just couldn't resist resurrecting the sassy grandma for another adventure, this one taking place on everyone's favorite fall holiday.
"Something freaky is happening to the family living in this house. And a woman has been sent to help. That woman is Madea!"
So reads the tagline on the latest one-sheet for Boo! This poster is clearly parodying the classic 1970s thriller The Exorcist, instead giving us Tyler Perry's Madea as The Exorsister. We can only assume that she »
It goes without saying that October is a perfect month to release a horror film, as fans get ready for the beloved Halloween holiday. For many years, Lionsgate dominated the season with their Saw franchise, which the studio is resurrecting with Saw: Legacy next year. But in 2016, the studio is taking a more comedic approach with Boo! A Madea Halloween, hitting theaters October 21. Today we have the second trailer for this horror-comedy, along with a new poster and photos, which spoofs a few of your favorite horror movies, including Saw.
In Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween, Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens. The film's origins date back to when Perry and Chris Rock came together to include a fictitious »
After a three-year hiatus, Tyler Perry’s most famous creation returns this fall. “Boo! A Madea Halloween” marks the ninth movie in the ongoing series, as well as the second-consecutive holiday-themed installment after 2013’s “A Madea Christmas.” The poster for Perry’s latest is now out, and John Carpenter fans will instantly recognize it as an homage to “Halloween.”
“The night he came home!” has of course been replaced with “the night she came home!” in the one-sheet, which also features purple nail polish on Madea’s hand and eyeglasses on the pumpkin. Here’s the official synopsis: “Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.”
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- Michael Nordine
9 items from 2016
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