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Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween tops US box office as Geostorm bombs

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

Story by Jack Foley

TYLER Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween shot straight to the top of the US box office with $21.7 million, comfortably beating higher profile newcomers Geostorm and The Snowman.

But while the success of Perry’s latest may not come as that much of a surprise given his continued appeal to US cinema-goers, there was some cause for concern given that Boo 2 opened 24% behind the $28.5 million launch of Boo! A Madea Halloween in October 2016.

Part of this could be put down to continued sequel fatigue in the US, where a number of summer blockbuster titles flopped, but another part could be the terrible weather that hit many US cities over the weekend, keeping audiences at home.

Boo 2 finds Perry, who directed the pre-Halloween sequel, reprising his role as Madea who, together with Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), Viv (Chandra Currelley-Young) and Hattie (Patrice Lovely), take a vacation to a campground with their family members, only to encounter monsters, goblins and boogeymen.

Of the other newcomers, Geostorm and The Snowman, both suffered heavily at the hands of poor reviews and those storms.

Geostorm, despite finishing in second spot, was still the biggest casualty of the weekend. The long-delayed environmental disaster epic, which marked the directorial debut of Independence Day scribe Dean Devlin, managed only $13.3 million in the US, after costing a reported $120 million to make before marketing.

The film follows the fallout that comes in the wake of the breakdown of a climate change control system, which begins a countdown to a series of natural disasters that threaten civilization. It’s left to a satellite engineer and former space station commander (played by Gerard Butler) to fix the problem.

Going into the weekend, the film had already been beset by problems, given that it required substantial re-shoots after poor test screenings, a revised marketing campaign in the wake of several real-life natural disasters, and bad reviews.

Also faring badly was The Snowman, a Scandi-thriller featuring Michael Fassbender, that grossed only $3.4 million. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, the film is based on the Jo Nesbo best-seller of the same name about a detective on the trail of a serial killer who makes snowmen out of the body parts of his victims.

The film also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer and JK Simmons – but managed only eighth spot at the box office despite costing 35 million. Like Geostorm, The Snowman received a critical roasting.

Another new release, the firefighting drama Only The Brave, received much better reviews but still struggled to connect with audiences, possibly because of the too close to home nature of the story.

The drama recounts the real-life story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who battled against the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona and boasts an ensemble cast including Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Miles Teller. But it limped to fifth spot at the box office, with only $6 million.

One reason for its failure to engage audiences could be the recent fires in Northern California and elsewhere, which may have made for uncomfortable viewing.

The US top five was therefore comprised of Boo 2 and Geostorm in first and second place, low budget horror Happy Death Day in third with $9.4 million, “Blade Runner 2049”: in fourth with $7.2 million and Only The Brave in fifth.

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