A treat for ‘Madea,’ a trick for ‘In­ferno’

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Tom Hanks. Tom Cruise. Ben Af­fleck. None of them has been a match for Tyler Perry’s Madea.

In a sur­prise vic­tory at the week­end box of­fice, Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Hal­loween” top­pled an­other A-lis­ter as Hanks’ and Ron Howard’s lat­est Dan Brown adap­ta­tion, “In­ferno,” went up in flames. Perry’s lat­est movie about the tough-talk­ing grand­mother re­mained No. 1 for the sec­ond straight week with an es­ti­mated $16.7 mil­lion.

That was enough to scare away the third in­stall­ment of the “Da Vinci Code” fran­chise. Ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day, “In­ferno” bombed with $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 $150 mil­lion. And Hanks has still notched the fall’s big­gest hit with Clint East­wood’s “Sully.”

It’s been an es­pe­cially star-stud­ded sea­son, with Cruise in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” ($9.6 mil­lion in its sec­ond week) and Af­fleck in “The Ac­coun­tant” ($8.5 mil­lion in its third week).

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

KEVIN WIN­TER/LION­S­GATE

Ac­tor-di­rec­tor Tyler Perry as his long-run­ning char­ac­ter Madea in “Boo! A Madea Hal­loween.”

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