Boo 2! A Madea Halloween beats Geostorm at the box office

In Geostorm, Gerard Butler stars as a scientist racing to save the planet from environmental destruction.
In Geostorm, Gerard Butler stars as a scientist racing to save the planet from environmental destruction.PHOTO: WARNER BROS

LOS ANGELES • A sassy church woman, a group of elite firefighters, an alcoholic detective, some do-gooder Texans and a renegade scientific genius walked into multiplexes last Friday.

Only one grabbed the attention of ticket buyers.

Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, with Perry reprising his gun-toting, moralising granny, took in about US$21.7 million (S$30 million) at North American theatres over the weekend.

That total gave Perry his sixth No. 1 opening, bolstering his status as one of the most reliable crowd-pullers in moviedom.

Even so, initial ticket sales for Boo 2! fell 24 per cent behind those for Boo! A Madea Halloween last year.

Ticket sales were terrible for the other newcomers - Geostorm, Only The Brave, The Snowman and Same Kind Of Different As Me - adding to worries that movie-going is falling out of fashion, as Americans curl up at home with their Netflix accounts.

On the other hand, all of those films but one, Only The Brave, a dramatisation of a wildfire that killed 19 responders, received abysmal reviews.

Geostorm was second for the weekend, taking in an estimated US$13.3 million, a financial disaster for a film that cost roughly US$130 million to make.

Starring Gerard Butler as a scientist racing to save the planet from environmental destruction, it likely suffered from a sense of been-there, done-that, coming across as another The Day After Tomorrow (2004).

Happy Death Day, the previous weekend's box-office champion, fell to third spot with US$9.4 million.

NYTIMES

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2017, with the headline 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween beats Geostorm at the box office'. Print Edition | Subscribe