Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2!’ Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of “Geostorm”

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Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

Tyler Perry’s most recent installment in the “Madea” franchise, “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” is likely to dominate one of the most torpid October weekends yet with $21 million at 2,388 North American locations — nearly double the next highest projected intake from “Geostorm.”

“Boo 2,” from Lionsgate, received an A- CinemaScore and should bring in about 30% less than the original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which won its opening weekend easily over “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” with $28.5 million and finished with $73 million domestically. 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.

“Boo 2” is a fairly low-risk project for Lionsgate, with a combined production and marketing budget in the $20 million range. Lionsgate is likely to dominate the box office next weekend during the pre-Halloween period with the opening of “Jigsaw,” its eighth movie in the “Saw” franchise, and the second weekend of “Boo 2.”

Geostorm,” a weather disaster drama starring Gerard Butler and directed by Dean Devlin, is heading towards a disaster of the fiscal sort for Warner Bros. Though the film is projected to over-perform just barely with a modest $12.5 million at 3,246 venues compared to a projected $10 to 12 million, it’s also carrying an estimated $100 million budget. The film has been released internationally and garnered roughly $7.4 million on Friday, bringing the global cumulative total to $29.8 million in addition to Friday’s domestic $4.3 million.

Sony’s firefighting drama “Only the Brave” is forecasting about $6 million at 2,577 locations in its opening weekend, while Pure Flix’s faith-based “Same Kind of Different as Me” is estimated to pull in a quiet $3.9 million at 1,362 sites. Universal’s critically panned “The Snowman” is headed to a mediocre $3.6 million in its first frame at 1,812 North American theaters, significantly below early projections of between $8 million and 12 million.Sony’s firefighting drama “Only the Brave” is forecasting about $6 million at 2,577 locations in its opening weekend, while Pure Flix’s faith-based “Same Kind of Different as Me” is estimated to pull in a quiet $3.9 million at 1,362 sites. Universal’s critically panned “The Snowman” is headed to a mediocre $3.6 million in its first frame at 1,812 North American theaters, significantly below early projections of between $8 million and 12 million.

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