Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' trounces the competition

From L to R: Cassi Davis as “Bam,” Patrice Lovely as “Hattie” and Tyler Perry as “Madea” in Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. (Photo: Chip Bergmann)

Weekend Box Office October 20-22, 2017

(KUTV) “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” will easily finish the weekend in first place at the domestic box office with an estimated $21.6 million. That’s down from the original film’s $28 million but, considering the film’s relatively low budget, I don’t think anyone at Lionsgate or in Tyler Perry’s camp are worried that the sky is falling. “Boo!” finished its run with nearly $75 million worldwide. Even if it “Boo 2!” only does $45-50 million it will still come away with a profit. Think what you will about Perry’s films, but the man clearly knows how to engage and keep an audience.

Things aren’t remotely as rosy for “Geostorm,” a $120-million disaster film that Warner Bros. tried to sweep underneath the carpet. The film, which wasn’t screened for critics, will finish the weekend with $13.3 million. That’s actually better than the $10 million that Warner Bros. was predicting.

Sadly, despite strong reviews, “Only the Brave,” the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly, is looking at a $6 million opening weekend. The movie, which was made for $38 million, deserves a far better reception.

Still, things could be as dire as they are for “The Snowman,” Universal’s $35-million thriller, which is easily the biggest waste of talent that I’ve seen in quite some time, will finish with $3.4 million. Director Tomas Alfredson’s “Let the Right One In” is one of my favorite films; “The Snowman” is an incoherent mess.

Happy Death Day,” the micro-budget horror film, did $9.3 million in its second weekend for a domestic total of $40.6 million.

Blade Runner 2049” fell 54 percent from last week with $7.1 million. It’s current domestic total sits at $74 million. International numbers paint a slightly better picture, but a worldwide total of $194 million is still something of a disappointment.

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