That was pretty much the limit of good news at the nation’s multiplexes, where moviegoers gave limited support to a quartet of new arrivals — weather-disaster title “Geostorm,” firefighter hero tale “Only the Brave,” murder mystery “The Snowman” and faith-based drama “Same Kind of Different as Me.”
“Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” which received an A- CinemaScore, is finishing in line with expectations and about 25% behind original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which won its opening weekend last year. The sequel, set at a haunted campground, is directed and written by Perry, who also stars in his ninth iteration as the tough-talking Madea.
David Spitz, Lionsgate’s president of theatrical distribution, noted that Perry’s directed and produced 20 films for the studio with worldwide grosses of nearly $1 billion.
“The film speaks to Tyler Perry’s loyal audience,” Spitz adde. “He knows how to connect with them.”
Spitz also said that the sequel should have staying power similar to the original “Boo,” which wound up grossing $73 million domestically.
Warner Bros.’ “Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler, is finishing a distant second place with about $13.3 million at 3,246 venues — at the top end of modest forecasts but a major disappointment given the film’s estimated $100 million budget, financed by Warner Bros. and Skydance Media.
Movieigoers gave “Geostorm” a B- CinemaScore. The timing of the release, with hurricanes hitting hard in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico over the past two months, probably dampened enthusiam.
“The Snowman,” centered on the hunt for a Norwegian serial killer, fell flat with audiences, who gave it a D CinesmaScore while critics panned the movie with a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Pure Flix’s “Same Kind of Different as Me” debuted out of the top 10 with about $2.6 million at 1,362 sites. The film stars Greg Kinnear and Renee Zellweger as a Texas couple who befriend a homeless man, played by Djimon Hounsou. The film earned a 20% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
A24’s horror-thriller “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, performed well in a platform launch with $114,585 at four locations. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions’ Wonderstruck, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Oakes Fegley and Julianne Moore, also turned a solid opening with $68,762 at four sites.