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'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' outscares 'Geostorm' with $21.7M at the box office
LOS ANGELES — It was a spooky weekend at the box office for nearly everyone but Tyler Perry.
Perry's comedy sequel Boo 2! A Madea Halloween scared up a healthy $21.7 million in its first weekend in theaters, but the waters were rough for other new movies, including the disaster epic Geostorm, firefighter drama Only the Brave and crime thriller The Snowman.
Made for a reported $25 million, Perry's film drew a mostly older and female audience, who gave it an A-minus on CinemaScore. Boo 2! did a little less business than the first film, which opened to $28.5 million last year.
"Given that it's a sequel, its performance is at the higher end of our expectations," says David Spitz, who heads up domestic distribution for Lionsgate.
The studio anticipates the film will hold well into next weekend because of Halloween, but it also will face some competition with the horror picture Jigsaw.
But a slight drop for a sequel hardly compares with the catastrophe of Geostorm, a long-delayed $120 million disaster epic starring Gerard Butler that only managed to open with $13.3 million for second place.
Geostorm, which marks the directorial debut of Independence Day producer Dean Devlin, was shot in late 2014. Lousy test screenings resulted in $15 million of reshoots, pushing back the release more than a year and a half.
But the reshoots didn't seem to help the final product, which has been widely panned by critics and shunned overall by audiences. Those who did turn out gave it a B-minus on CinemaScore.