‘BOO!’ New Madea film beats ‘Jack Reacher’ at box office

Tyler Perry at the pre-screening of Boo! A Madea Halloween at the Royal Oak Emagine Theater outside of metro Detroit (Photo Credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media)
Tyler Perry at the pre-screening of Boo! A Madea Halloween at the Royal Oak Emagine Theater outside of metro Detroit (Photo Credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media)

Tyler Perry has done it again with the release of his latest film Boo! A Madea Halloween. The movie opened nationwide this past weekend and knocked megastar Tom Cruise off the top films in box office sales. Cruise currently stars in a sequel to his popular Jack Reacher action series and has a huge budget. The movie Never Go Back had a budget of $60 million and earned box office sales of $23 million this past weekend.

Cruise’s film was edged out from the top spot by Perry’s latest Madea sequel, which earned $27.6 million in ticket sales .It’s an incredible feat for a film with a production budget of $20 million, filmed in Atlanta. Perry’s holiday comedy had a wide range of demographics when it came to his fans. It is estimated that the audience for the current film was near 60% Black and had wide crossover appeal among Whites and Hispanics.

David Spitz, co-president of domestic distribution at Lionsgate which distributed Boo! A Madea Halloween stated to media, “The film crossed over and it expanded the audience … Madea is such a beloved character and the timing helped. There are not many comedies in the marketplace right now and Halloween is right around the corner.”

Tyler Perry has proven to be a powerhouse in the entertainment industry with a winning formula of success. HIs purchase of the decommissioned Ft. McPherson Army base in the heart of Atlanta was an incredible feat. The new Tyler Perry Studios sits on 330 sprawling acres of historic buildings and green space. The facility has state of the art sound stages and serves as a centerpiece of the what is being called “Hollywood South.” Other major Hollywood studios also have used Perry’s facilities that have included new Avengers movies and the popular series “The Walking Dead.”

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  1. Black folks like stupidity and that’s what they got in MADEA…when Birth of a Nation doesn’t even make 20 MILLION in 4 weeks…

    Stop wondering why WHITE FOLKS make movies like “Exodus GODS and Kings.”

    Niggers only purchase PUSSY, WEED and WEAVE…

      1. The point is not about money, but MORALS, VALUES, and Ethics…Stop BUCK DANCING and Bojangling…aka Tyler Perry movies versus (RESPECT and PRIDE) In Birth of a Nation.

        Damn is it too hard to ask BLACK AMERICANS to have some respect and SELF PRIDE…

          1. Blacks love being black. Black Americans have nice, strong beautiful pigmentation to protect from damaging UV rays. Blacks are the original race, and are the dscendants of pharohs, kings and queens.

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  2. DEAR BLACK FOLK WHO PAYING FOR THIS GARBAGE FILM …TYLER perry only capital lize on black america attemp to laugh at our ignorant black females like madea image present . shes angry , stupid , and crazy and white find that funny too .. SAYING I TOLD U SO .. tyler perry is a gay man who playout his fantasy of being a lady and he really is madea.. inside . he spews angry and hate laughing at women getting rich off image of a disgrace full big titty draoppin fat body looking no black female want to look ,but we find it funny? DO U SEE ANY WHITE WOMEN IMMITATING WHITE FEMALES LIKE THIS HELL NO mrs doubtfire came close she had a real job madea seemingl is unemployed on social security a gun in purse? and no panties on? DISGRACE AND BLACK MEN WHO DATE WHITE WOMEN SWARE THIS IS WHO ALL BLACK FEMALES WILL BE… OPRAH EVE FINES IT FUNNY HER GRAND MAMA LOOK SIMILAR TO MEADEA BUT SHE GREW UP IN THE POOR south mississpii where a few women did let themselve get obese and died soon after from health issue due to weight it not funny

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