Tyler Perry has managed to beat out Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Ben Affleck to top the box office charts for the second weekend in a row.
‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ came in at No. 1 this week with $16.7 million in sales knocking out Hanks’ and Ron Howard’s new Dan Brown adaption, ‘Inferno’ — the third installment of the ‘Da Vinci Code’ franchise.
“Inferno,” the latest big screen tour through Dan Brown’s historical conspiracy theories, flamed out at the weekend box office, earning a frosty $15 million. That’s a fraction of the $46.2 million that “Angels & Demons,” the previous film version of Brown’s novels, earned when it debuted in 2009, and it pales in relation to “The Da Vinci Code’s” $77.1 million opening way back in 2006.
“This was a serious meltdown,” said Jeff Bock, box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “It shows how fickle audiences can be. When studios release a sequel they don’t want, they just turn their shoulder.”
“Inferno” couldn’t muster a strong enough debut to capture the top spot on the domestic box office chart. Lionsgate’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” nabbed first place for the second consecutive weekend, picking up $16.7 million to bring its stateside total to $52 million. The Tyler Perry comedy’s victory is an upset. Heading into the weekend, “Inferno” was expected to kick off to north of $20 million — a figure that easily would have secured it a first place finish.
Congrats to Tyler & co.