‘Madea’ scares off Hanks, Cruise, Aff leck

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK (AP): OM HANKS. Tom Cruise. Ben Af­fleck. None of them have been a match for Tyler Perry’s Madea.

In a sur­prise vic­tory at the week­end box of­fice, Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween top­pled

Tan­other A-lister as Hanks’ and Ron Howard’s new Dan Brown adap­tion In­ferno went up in flames. Perry’s lat­est movie about his tough-talk­ing grand­mother re­mained one for the se­cond straight week, with an es­ti­mated US$16.7-mil­lion.

That was enough to scare away the third in­stall­ment of the Da Vinci Code fran­chise. Ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates on Sun­day, In­ferno bombed with US$15 mil­lion, about half of what more bullish pre­dic­tions an­tic­i­pated.

Sony Pic­tures and In­ferno could take so­lace in stronger over­seas busi­ness. In three weeks of in­ter­na­tional re­lease the Italy-set film has earned nearly US$150-mil­lion. The stu­dio also stressed that the US$75-mil­lion bud­get for In­ferno was half that of 2006’s The Da Vinci Code or 2009’s An­gels & Demons.

“In­ferno joins the long list of se­quels that didn’t mea­sure up to their pre­de­ces­sors this year and in par­tic­u­lar this sum­mer, when only three of the 14 se­quels re­leased out­per­formed their im­me­di­ate pre­de­ces­sors at the box of­fice,” said Paul Der­garabe­dian, se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst for com­Score.

Hanks has still notched the fall’s big­gest hit, Clint East­wood’s Sully. It has been an es­pe­cially star-stud­ded sea­son, with Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (US$9.6 mil­lion in its se­cond week) and Ben Af­fleck in The Ac­coun­tant (US$8.5 mil­lion in its third week).

Perry’s long-run­ning char­ac­ter has fared bet­ter than each – at least in North Amer­ica. The Halloween-themed Boo! re­leased by Lion­s­gate, has made US$52 mil­lion in 10 days, mak­ing it Perry’s big­gest hit since 2009’s Madea Goes to Jail.

Fol­low­ing are es­ti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at US and Cana­dian cine­mas, ac­cord­ing to com­Score. Where avail­able, the lat­est in­ter­na­tional num­bers for Fri­day through Sun­day are also in­cluded.


Tyler Perry por­trays Madea in a scene from Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’.


Ben Af­fleck is ‘The Ac­coun­tant’.


Tom Cruise in ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’.

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