Madea Extinguishes ‘Inferno’ At Box Office

By October 30, 2016
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Even with the star power of Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones behind it, Inferno didn’t even come close to burning up the box office.

The Ron Howard-directed crime adventure – part of the DaVinci Code franchise – stumbled into the North American box office with just $15 million over the weekend, according to The Numbers, finishing well behind Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, which took the top spot for the second week in a row, this time with $16.7 million. That brings the two-week total for Madea Halloween to $52 million.

madeainset103016That would put Perry’s film on pace to be the highest-grossing of any film with his name on it, topping Madea’s Witness Protection, which earned $65.7 million in 2012. In just 10 days, it’s already close to topping the last Perry film to hit theaters, A Madea Christmas, which earned $52.5 million in 2013.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back fell to third place with $9.6 million, losing 58 percent of its previous week’s audience. Madea Halloween, however, dropped just 41 percent.

Ouija: Origin of Evil slipped to fifth with $7.1 million, a 50 percent drop, bringing its two-week total to $24.6 million.

The top five films grossed $56.8 million over the weekend, growing nearly 39 percent from a year ago when the top-five movies were led by The Martian with $11.7 million. That might seem smaller for the Matt Damon film, but by the end of October 2015, The Martian already had been in theaters for a month, and grossed $183.1 million domestically.

That top new film of that week was Burnt from director John Wells that starred Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. It earned just $5 million back then, good for sixth place behind Lionsgate’s The Last Witch Hunter, and would go on to gross $32.6 million worldwide.

Expect a really good box office rebound next week as we head into the popular holiday period for theaters. The weekend of Nov. 4 sees the debut of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Marvel debut in Doctor Strange while Mel Gibson returns to the director’s chair for Hacksaw Ridge.

Also getting a wide release next week is Trolls from DreamWorks Animation starring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael has spent more than 18 years of his way-long journalism career in entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based in New York City.