BOX OFFICE REPORT
October 28-30, 2016
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Boo! A Madea Halloween||$16.6 million|
|Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||$9.5 million|
|The Accountant||$8.4 million|
|Ouija: Origin of Evil||$7.0 million|
In the last weekend before Halloween, nothing could top Madea's Boo! The latest Tyler Perry comedy repeated at No. 1, taking in an estimated $16.6 million. That's a drop of only 41.5 percent, exceptionally low for any Tyler Perry movie. It's the last time a Tyler Perry movie has repeated at the top since 2009's Madea Goes to Jail. This one won't get to $90 million, but it's likely to be Perry's second-biggest movie ever.
Boo! beat out Inferno, Tom Hanks' third go-round as symbologist/adventurer Robert Langdon. This has to be viewed as a major disappointment for all involved. The last installment, 2009's Angels & Demons, opened with $46.2 million. This is less than one third of that opening, which was down from 2006's The Da Vinci Code. Even though overseas grosses are making up for it, this is likely the last we've seen of this franchise.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back slipped to third, and it won't make nearly as much as The Accountant did without the name recognition or the Tom Cruise star power. Ouija: Origin of Evil couldn't scare up much more than $7 million, so this franchise is likely done as well.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Once again it's Moonlight, which I called the best film of the year so far. It $25,023 on 36 screens. It will play nationwide beginning next week.
- Bollywood musical Ae Dil Hai Mushkil debuted at No. 10, taking in $2.1 million on just 302 screens.
- Two different rock docs had wildly different receptions at the box office. Gimme Danger, about the life of punk pioneer Iggy Pop, averaged $14,675 on just three screens. But Supersonic, about Britpop superstars Oasis, averaged a weak $1,183 on 14 screens.
Next week: The holiday season begins in earnest, with Doctor Strange taking on Trolls. There's no way the Marvel movie isn't No. 1 with at least $80 million. There's been a glut of animated movies this year, with several more on the way, so I think Trolls will be lucky to make more than $30 million. That leaves Mel Gibson's World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge as the odd man out. Anything more than $15 million would be a shock.