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'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' beats mediocre competition to win the weekend box office
What was originally just a joke by Chris Rock has turned into Tyler Perry's latest successful franchise.
"Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" opened in theaters this weekend and demolished the lackluster new releases as it won the domestic box office with an estimated $21.7 million, according to Variety.
Perry's Madea character and Lionsgate have teamed up for years to produce box office gold, and "Boo 2!" is no exception.
The original opened this time a year ago and took in a surprising $28.5 million its opening weekend (easily making back its $20 million production budget), and went on to earn $74.8 million worldwide. The sequel, with a $25 million budget, did a little less its opening weekend this time around, but easily won the weekend.
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Michael Fassbender in "The Snowman" was no match for Tyler Perry's Madea character in "Boo 2!"Universal Pictures
That's the other storyline: mid-October has turned into a wasteland for theatrical releases. Past box office disasters like "Rock and Kasbah" and "Jem and the Holograms" have been placed this time of year.
Basically, the studios choose this time of year to dump their unwanted titles, leaving the likes of Jason Blum's Blumhouse (its latest, "Happy Death Day," won the box office last week) and Perry to reap the rewards.