Madea Says Boo to the Box Office

Boo 2 A Madea Halloween

Maybe now she can buy a newer car.

Madea, Tyler Perry’s raging, gray-haired alter ego who drives a famously ancient Cadillac, drove to the top of the box office, with Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, peeling away with an estimated $21.7 million.

Boo 2! technically had plenty of competition for that top spot, too: They were just movies that no one wanted to see. The weekend’s four other freshman contenders fell by the wayside like a bunch of winded Aunt Bams.

The Gerard Butler sci-fi flick Geostorm mustered the sternest challenge, collecting $13.3 million to finish second. But keep in mind, Geostorm also played in nearly 1,000 more theaters than Boo 2! and its makers spent nearly $100 million more to make it, which makes its weekend take look all the less impressive.

Only the Brave, Sony’s well-regarded firefighting saga, blazed its way to $6 million, finishing behind third-place Happy Death Day ($9.4 million) and fourth-place Blade Runner 2049 ($7.2 million) to finish fifth.

Meanwhile, The Snowman was frozen out of the top five, cooling its heels in eighth with $3.4 million. And the hotly anticipated Christian flick Same Kind of Different as Me—based on a bestselling book—landed outside the top 10. Despite an impressive group sales start, the film earned just $2.6 million to finish 12th.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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