Box Office: Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Scared up $21.7-M
$LGF, $TWX, $SNE, $VIA, $CMCSA
- ‘Geostorm’ and ‘Only the Brave’ DOA at Domestic Box Office
Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) and Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween had no trouble scaring up a #1 finish in its big-screen debut over the weekend with $21.7-M from 2,388 theaters.
The biggest box office casualty is Geostorm, the long-delayed environmental disaster epic from Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) and Skydance Media that opened to $13.3-M domestically after costing a reported $120-M to make before marketing. Geostorm placed # 2 in North America.
Box-office observers say Geostorm was clearly hurt by dismal reviews and its B-CinemaScore. Younger moviegoers had little interest in seeing the disaster film, with only 10% of the audience under the age of 18 and 23 percent under 25.
Also, moviegoers may have been ambivalent about going to see the firefighting drama Only the Brave. The critically acclaimed film, from Sony (NYSE:SNE) and Black Label Media, opened to $6-M from 2,577 theaters for a 5th-place finish. Only the Brave recounts the real-life story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who battled against the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona.
Universal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Working Title’s adult-skewing thriller The Snowman, melted in its debut, grossing $3.4-M from 1,812 theaters, coming in at #8, has been skewered by critics and audiences who gave the film a rare D-CinemaScore.
Paramount, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) and faith-based distributor Pure Flix finally opened Same Kind of Different as Me, the film took in $2.6-M from 1,362 cinemas.
At the specialty box office
A24’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which posted a strong theater average of $28,646 as it rolled out in 4 theaters. Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) directed the horror-thriller, which stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell.
Amazon Studios (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Roadside Attractions’ Wonderstruck, directed by Todd likewise debuted in 4 theaters, earning a screen average of $17,190.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.