Box office: Tyler Perry beats a Tom Cruise action sequel

Box office: Tyler Perry beats a Tom Cruise action sequel October 23, 2016

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Halloween started early at the box office this week thanks to an urban comedy and a scary movie, while a Tom Cruise sequel had a modestly successful opening.

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween led the way with an estimated $27.6 million between Thursday and Sunday nights. That’s the fourth-best opening ever for a film directed by Tyler Perry, and the best for any of his films since 2010.

At the scarier end of the Halloween season, the horror prequel Ouija: Origin of Evil grossed $14.1 million and landed in third place, which was a small step back from the $19.9 million and first-place rank that the original Ouija opened to in 2014.

Coming between those two films, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back landed in second place with $23 million, which may be one of Tom Cruise’s softer openings but is noticeably better than the $15.2 million that the first Jack Reacher opened to in 2012.

The sequel, which was produced for only $60 million (for comparison’s sake, the last four Mission: Impossible movies have all cost between $125 million and $150 million), was also #1 overseas this week with $31 million in foreign ticket sales.

There was one other wide release this week — the spy comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses — but it landed in seventh place with only $5.6 million, which is one of the lowest openings ever for a comedy starring Zach Galifianakis or Isla Fisher.

Meanwhile, in other box-office news…

The Accountant earned $14 million and ranked fourth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $47.9 million. The film has earned another $10.2 million overseas for a global total of $58.1 million.

The Girl on the Train earned $7.3 million and ranked fifth in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $58.9 million. The film has earned another $45.1 million overseas for a global total of $104 million.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children earned $6 million and ranked sixth in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $74.4 million. The film has earned another $150 million overseas for a global total of $224.5 million.

Kevin Hart: What Now? earned $4.1 million and ranked eighth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $18.9 million. The film does not appear to have been released overseas yet.

Storks earned $4.1 million and ranked ninth in its fifth week, thereby raising its domestic total to $64.7 million. The film has earned another $83.1 million overseas for a global total of $147.8 million.

And Deepwater Horizon earned $3.6 million and ranked tenth in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $55.3 million. The film has earned another $36.9 million overseas for a global total of $92.2 million.

Now for a bit of extra data on the year’s top-grossing animated films:

In North America, The Secret Life of Pets still ranks eighth among animated films:

  • 2016 — Finding Dory (Pixar) — $485.5 million
  • 2004 — Shrek 2 (DreamWorks) — $441.2 million
  • 1994 — The Lion King (Disney) — $422.8 million
  • 2010 — Toy Story 3 (Pixar) — $415.0 million
  • 2013 — Frozen (Disney) — $400.7 million
  • 2003 — Finding Nemo (Pixar) — $380.8 million
  • 2013 — Despicable Me 2 (Universal) — $368.1 million
  • 2016 — The Secret Life of Pets (Universal) — $365.9 million
  • 2015 — Inside Out (Pixar) — $356.5 million
  • 2016 — Zootopia (Disney) — $341.3 million

Overseas, Finding Dory now ranks 10th and The Secret Life of Pets still ranks 15th:

  • 2013 — Frozen (Disney) — $875.7 million
  • 2015 — Minions (Universal) — $823.4 million
  • 2012 — Ice Age: Continental Drift (Fox) — $715.9 million
  • 2009 — Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) — $690.1 million
  • 2016 — Zootopia (Disney) — $682.4 million
  • 2010 — Toy Story 3 (Pixar) — $648.2 million
  • 2013 — Despicable Me 2 (Universal) — $602.7 million
  • 2003 — Finding Nemo (Pixar) — $559.5 million
  • 1994 — The Lion King (Disney) — $545.7 million
  • 2016 — Finding Dory (Pixar) — $532.2 million
  • 2012 — Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (DreamWorks) — $530.5 million
  • 2010 — Shrek Forever After (DreamWorks) — $513.9 million
  • 2015 — Inside Out (Pixar) — $501.1 million
  • 2011 — Kung Fu Panda 2 (DreamWorks) — $500.4 million
  • 2016 — The Secret Life of Pets (Universal) — $497.6 million
  • 2004 — Shrek 2 (DreamWorks) — $478.6 million
  • 2007 — Shrek the Third (DreamWorks) — $476.2 million
  • 2013 — Monsters University (Pixar) — $475.7 million
  • 2006 — Ice Age: The Meltdown (Fox) — $465.6 million
  • 2014 — How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks) — $444.5 million

And worldwide, Finding Dory still ranks fifth, while The Secret Life of Pets still ranks 12th:

  • 2013 — Frozen (Disney) — $400.7 + 875.7 = 1276.5 million
  • 2015 — Minions (Universal) — $336.0 + 823.4 = 1159.4 million
  • 2010 — Toy Story 3 (Pixar) — $415.0 + 648.2 = 1063.2 million
  • 2016 — Zootopia (Disney) — $341.3 + 682.4 = 1023.6 million
  • 2016 — Finding Dory (Pixar) — $485.5 + 532.2 = 1017.7 million
  • 2013 — Despicable Me 2 (Universal) — $368.1 + 602.7 = 970.8 million
  • 1994 — The Lion King (Disney) — $422.8 + 545.7 = 968.5 million
  • 2003 — Finding Nemo (Pixar) — $380.8 + 559.5 = 940.3 million
  • 2004 — Shrek 2 (DreamWorks) — $441.2 + 478.6 = 919.8 million
  • 2009 — Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) — $196.6 + 690.1 = 886.7 million
  • 2012 — Ice Age: Continental Drift (Fox) — $161.3 + 715.9 = 877.2 million
  • 2016 — The Secret Life of Pets (Universal) — $365.9 + 497.6 = 863.5 million
  • 2015 — Inside Out (Pixar) — $356.5 + 501.1 = 857.6 million
  • 2007 — Shrek the Third (DreamWorks) — $322.7 + 476.2 = 799.0 million
  • 2010 — Shrek Forever After (DreamWorks) — $238.7 + 513.9 = 752.6 million
  • 2012 — Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (DreamWorks) — $216.4 + 530.5 = 746.9 million
  • 2013 — Monsters University (Pixar) — $268.5 + 475.7 = 744.2 million
  • 2009 — Up (Pixar) — $293.0 + 442.1 = 735.1 million
  • 2011 — Kung Fu Panda 2 (DreamWorks) — $165.2 + 500.4 = 665.7 million
  • 2006 — Ice Age: The Meltdown (Fox) — $195.3 + 465.6 = 660.9 million

Next week brings us the North American release of Inferno.

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