For the second consecutive weekend, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween unfathomably defeated a beloved Tom at the US box office, with the comedy remaining in first place over Tom Hanks vehicle Inferno after last week’s destruction of Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Boo! added $16.7m for a two-week total of $52m. The film was made for just $20m and stars Perry as popular character Madea. Hanks’ Robert Langdon, the creation of author Dan Brown, seems a less popular figure stateside, as Ron Howard’s third Langdon adventure managed only an embarrassing $15m domestic opening (compared to The DaVinci Code‘s $77m in 2006). The film is performing much better internationally, with $132m worldwide so far, but it looks unlikely Langdon will return to the big screen.
Cruise’s Reacher sequel dropped 58.2% in its second weekend, falling to third place and $9.6m. It’s earned $39m after two weeks on a $60m budget. The Accountant and Ouija: Origin of Evil rounded out the top five with $8.5m and $7.1m respectively.
Internationally, Marvel’s Doctor Strange earned $86m across 45% of its territories this weekend. That opening is roughly 49% better than Ant-Man but just 1% better than Thor: The Dark World (Marvel Studios’ only previous Winter release). The biggest territories were South Korea, the UK and France. The film opens in the US on Friday.