Nothing’s going to stop Madea, not even some truly awful reviews (registering a measly 8% on Rotten Tomatoes). Not that reviews matter to fans of Tyler Perry’s most famous creation which scored the film at an A-. Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween took the top spot at the weekend box office with $21.2 million, $7 million less than the original film. The opening ranks as the eighth largest debut for a Perry-directed film and it’s his sixth number one opener of the seventeen he’s directed.
Second place went to the long delayed Geostorm which earned a paltry $13.7 million against a $120 million budget, and a not much better Rotten Tomatoes score than Boo 2! (12%). Warner Bros. kept the movie from the press, hoping the few public advance screenings that were held would at least give the movie some good word of mouth to carry it through the weekend (audiences gave it a B- score). The film weathered (see what we did there) extensive rewrites and reshoots to make sense of the plot and was rescheduled for release at least three times, none of which seemed to make much difference to audiences. Geostorm also ran in 50 foreign markets, earning about $36.4 million (the movie opened in eight markets last week). The film’s worldwide gross stands at $65.8 million.
True story Only the Brave opened on about 200 more screens than Madea and scored a 90% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes but somehow only managed to debut in the Number 5 spot with $6 million, about what the studio was expecting. But with strong reviews and positive word of mouth, the film may see an uptick next weekend.
And in the Number 8 spot, and ranking right down there at 8% with Boo 2!, was the new thriller The Snowman, which earned $3.3 million. The movie didn’t score any better with audiences either, getting a D grade. The $35 million film earned an additional $19.3 million in overseas markets, giving it a global $22.7 million total.
The weekend’s big winner was The Killing of the Sacred Deer which opened on four screens at Number 31 with $115,120, a $28,780 per screen average, more than three times the $8,889 per screen Boo 2! brought in.
Last week’s Number 1, Happy Death Day, took a big 64% hit, dropping two spots to Number 3 with $9.3 million. Still, the $4.8 million horror comedy has earned $40.6 million domestically, and $13 million in foreign markets for a $54.6 million global gross. Blade Runner 2049 also saw another big drop in its third week (52.4%), slipping two spots to Number 4 with $7.3 million. In three week’s the film has barely earned back half its budget domestically but the worldwide gross stands at $194 million.
The weekend of October 27 will see three new wide releases, Jigsaw, Suburbicon and Thank You For Your Service, which should shake things up again in the Top Ten. We’re going to call Jigsaw for the Number 1 spot in the $25-$30 million range, and we’ll probably see Kingsman: The Golden Circle, American Made and The Snowman drop out of the Top Ten.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of October 22.
1. [N] –1– Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $21,226,953 [NEW]
2. [N] –1– Geostorm – $13,707,376 [NEW]
6.  –2– The Foreigner – $5,787,447 [$23,181,700]
8. [N] –1– The Snowman – $3,372,565 [NEW]
9.  –4– American Made – $3,131,650 [$45,473,385]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo