AceShowbiz - Tyler Perry's "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" debuted atop the North American box office on a lackluster weekend. The follow-up to last year's horror comedy "Boo! A Madea Halloween" directed by and starring the 48-year-old actor/comedian/filmmaker collected $21.2 million.
The movie didn't quite reach the $28.5 million opening garnered by its predecessor, but it was well received by moviegoers, earning an A- CinemaScore. The movie, which was made for a reported $25 million, drew a mostly older and female audience.
David Spitz, who heads up domestic distribution for Lionsgate, says, "Given that it's a sequel, its performance is at the higher end of our expectations." The studio expects the film to hold well into next weekend because of Halloween.
Also debuting this weekend were "Geostorm", "Only the Brave" and "The Snowman". Costing $120 million to make, the disaster epic starring Gerard Butler only managed to open with $13.7 million in the second place.
The long-delayed film, which marks the directorial debut of "Independence Day" producer Dean Devlin, was shot in late 2014. Lousy test screenings resulted in $15 million of reshoots, but the reshoots didn't seem to help the final product. Widely panned by critics and shunned overall by audiences, the film got a B-minus on CinemaScore.
"Only the Brave" also failed to attract audiences despite good reviews. Reportedly costing $38 million to make and receiving an A CinemaScore, the firefighter drama starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly opened in the fifth place with $6 million.
"The Snowman", which stars Michael Fassbender and is based on the Jo Nesbo book, debuted in the eights spot with $3.4 million. The Tomas Alfredson-directed film was critically derided, with audiences giving it a D on CinemaScore.
Last week's box office champ "Happy Death Day" and "Blade Runner 2049" rounded out the top five. The horror flick slipped to the third place, collecting $9.4 million. As for the Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling-starring sci-fi movie, it followed in the fourth place with an additional $7.4 million
"As great as September was, October has been really scary," says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. Releasing a quality film isn't a sure path to success, according to him. "Even well-reviewed movies like 'American Made', 'Only the Brave' and 'Blade Runner 2049' are having trouble gaining traction," he says.
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