Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film topped the US box office over the weekend, knocking Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher sequel into second place.
Boo! A Madea Halloween opened in the top spot with $27.6m (£22.5m), according to studio estimates. It’s the third best opening for a Madea movie, behind Madea Goes to Jail and Madea’s Family Reunion.
Reuters attributed the success to the film’s wide appeal, saying that only 60% of its audience were African American. That demographic normally makes up 80-90% of Perry’s audience.
Perry’s film proved to be the strongest of the weekend’s slew of sequels, topping the star power of Tom Cruise, whose Jack Reacher: Never Go Back took in an estimated $23m.
That figure is higher than the first Jack Reacher film, which opened right before Christmas in 2012 to $15.2m. That film went on to gross $80.1m domestically and $218.3m globally. The $60m sequel is also expected to make the bulk of its money from international audiences.
In third this weekend was the horror prequel Ouija: Origin of Evil with $14.1m. The Accountant and The Girl on the Train rounded out the top five with $14m and $7.3m.
Less successful was comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses, which launched with a tepid $5.6m. The film, starring Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis as a pair of boring suburbanites intrigued by the arrival of a glamorous new couple played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot, was savaged by critics.
In limited release, the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama Moonlight got off to a strong start in four theatres with $414,740 and many sell-out showings, a good result for a film with no big stars and a little-known director in Barry Jenkins. It will expand in coming weeks, and is among the early favorites for Oscar recognition.
- Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween $27.6m
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back $23m
- Ouija: Origin of Evil $14.1m
- The Accountant $14m
- The Girl on the Train $7.3m
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children $6m
- Keeping Up with the Joneses $5.6m
- Kevin Hart: What Now? $4.1m
- Storks $4.1m
- Deepwater Horizon $3.6m