Tyler Perry has prevented a disaster at the box office with the opening of Lionsgate’s comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” scaring up a solid $21.7 million at 2,388 North American locations.
That was pretty much the limit of good news at the nation’s multiplexes, where moviegoers gave limited support to a quartet of new arrivals — weather-disaster title “Geostorm,” firefighter hero tale “Only the Brave,” murder mystery “The Snowman” and faith-based drama “Same Kind of Different as Me.”
“Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” which received an A- CinemaScore, is finishing in line with expectations and about 25% behind original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which won its opening weekend last year. The sequel, set at a haunted campground, is directed and written by Perry, who also stars in his ninth iteration as the tough-talking Madea.
Warner Bros.’ “ Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler, is finishing a distant second place with about $13.3 million at 3,246 venues — at the top end of modest forecasts but a major disappointment given the film’s estimated $100 million budget, financed by Warner Bros. and Skydance Media.
Sony’s “Only the Brave” is heading for fifth place with about $6 million at 2,577 sites, finishing behind Universal’s second weekend of “Happy Death Day” and Warner’s third weekend of “Blade Runner 2049.” “Brave” is based on the true story of the 19 Arizona firefighters who died in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire.
STXfilms’ second weekend of Jackie Chan actioner “The Foreigner” will land in sixth, ahead of Universal’s “The Snowman,” which is finishing far below forecasts with about $3.6 million at 1,812 venues.
Pure Flix’s “Same Kind of Different as Me” debuted out of the top 10 with about $1.4 million at 1,362 sites.
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