Be honest, you knew that Tyler Perry’s latest movie would top the box office this week. That is, assuming that you knew a new Tyler Perry film was even coming out. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Medea Halloween, easily one of the most arduous movie titles to type this year, made solid bank, as the media titan’s output is prone to, taking in $21.6m over the weekend. It’s safe to say that Perry is one of the most bulletproof film-makers of our age in terms of overcoming near universal critical derision. His latest received an A- CinemaScore and has helped to bring Perry’s worldwide grosses to close to $1bn. His audiences are unflinchingly loyal.
The same couldn’t necessarily be said for poor Gerard Butler. Paisley’s finest (or second finest if you prefer David Tennant, I’m not going to judge) didn’t have the critics on his side for Geostorm, even though it’s clear that Butler should exclusively star in movies where he fires lasers at the weather. The action thriller debuted at number two with a weak $13.3m weekend gross (the budget was an estimated $120m). The weekend has been a weak one, but hey, it’s almost Halloween.
Happy Death Day slid to number 3 with $9.3m, but it’s already taken in ten times its initial budget domestically so Blumhouse can sleep easy. Blade Runner 2049 fell further down the ladder with only $7.1m gross, putting it at number 4. Next comes another new release, Only The Brave, a strongly reviewed survival drama that brought in $6m, putting it at number 5. That’s not great but it’s a goldmine compared to The Snowman.
Ah, The Snowman. Where did it all go wrong? They gave us all the clues. Film Twitter’s latest meme seemed doomed on arrival, with even the director going on the defensive in interviews and admitting they hadn’t filmed about 10-15% of the script. Reviews were brutal, with some calling it the midnight movie of the future, but not even morbid curiosity could entice audiences to the theatres, as it premiered at number 8 with only $3m. It has a small budget in its favour - only $35m - but with reviews that bad, it’s safe to say there’s little chance of this turning into a mega hit unless they start doing Rocky Horror Picture Show style screenings as soon as possible. Everyone can throw fake snowballs at the screen and dress as Mr Police!
In the indie world, the latest film from Yorgos Lanthimos, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, performed well in a platform launch with over $114,000 in four cinemas. That’s good news for A24. Amazon’s latest, Wonderstruck, had a similarly solid opening weekend with $68,762 from four locations, which bodes well for Todd Haynes and company. Cannes award winning drama BPM (Beats Per Minute) took in over $8,700 from two screens.
Coming this week, we have the return of Jigsaw, because that’s a horror franchise that needed a reboot, plus George Clooney’s curious satire Suburbicon, and the military drama Thank You For Your Service, which has Miles Teller in it. Make of that what you will.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
What films did you see this weekend? Did you find all of the clues left for Mr Police? How scared are you of a Medea Halloween? How hard do you think Gerard Butler can punch the weather? Do you sing the title of Wonderstruck to the classic ACDC song Thunderstruck? Answers in the comments.