Tyler Perry and Madea put box office title out of Cruise’s reach

Madea pulled off a mild box office update while the future of the Jack Reacher franchise might not be that solid.

1. Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween – $27.6 million [debut week] Say what you will about the quality of Tyler Perry’s Madea series, but you can’t say they don’t deliver at the box office. 

This Halloween edition was the third highest entry in the Madea series.  At this rate, we should expect a New Year’s, Black Friday and Groundhog’s Day Madea.

2. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – $24 million [debut week] Tom Cruise was hoping to kickstart a new franchise following the solid reception of the 2012 hit. The sequel’s initial weekend suggests audiences weren’t all that excited about revisiting the character. Never Go Back opened to about $15 million less. 

With a $60 million budget, the film won’t struggle to make a profit, but eclipsing the first film’s $80 million gross could prove challenging.

3. Ouija: Origin of Evil – $14.1 million [debut week] For a horror film debuting in October, Ouija had a disappointing opening. This also fell short of matching its 2014 predecessor, which debuted to $20 million.

4. The Accountant – $14 million [2nd week; $47.9 million] Ben Affleck’s action thriller fell off from its opening weekend winning performance. 

The film cost a modest $44 million so it’s already been profitable for Warner Bros., but the drop suggests word of mouth is only so-so for the film. 

5. The Girl on the Train – $7.3 million [3rd week; $58.9 million] The Emily Blunt thriller still has some steam left.

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