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Tyler Perry’s comedy-horror sequel Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is off to a solid start at the weekend box office, while environmental disaster epic Geostorm and Michael Fassbender starrer The Snowman are melting down, according to Friday grosses.
Boo 2 grossed $7.5 million from 2,388 theaters on Friday for a projected $21 million domestic debut — more than enough to win the crown, but behind the $28.5 million opening of Boo! A Madea Halloween in October 2016.
Perry, who directed the Lionsgate release, reprises his role as Madea. This time out, Madea, 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. Boo 2 nabbed an A- CinemaScore.
The news is grim for Skydance Media and Warner Bros.’ Geostorm, which cost at least $120 million to make and marks the feature directorial debut of Independence Day producer Dean Devlin. Starring Gerard Butler, the big-budget movie earned an estimated $4.3 million Friday from 3,246 theaters for an abysmal $13 million domestic launch. Geostorm is counting on doing notable business overseas, where it is rolling out in a number of major markets this weekend (its early total is $25.5 million).
The long-delayed production required $15 million in significant reshoots, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer brought aboard to help. In the film, the world’s climate-change control system — a network of satellites built to prevent natural disasters and keep the human population safe — goes haywire. A satellite engineer and former space-station commander (Butler) must fix the problem before a worldwide geostorm is unleashed. Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and Zazie Beetz also star.
Geostorm — opening in the wake of devastating hurricanes Irma and Harvey — wasn’t screened in advance for critics. To further delay reviews, the movie didn’t hold Thursday-night previews, which is unusual for a mainstream offering. Audiences gave it a B- CinemaScore.
Universal and Working Title’s adult-skewing thriller The Snowman is also melting down after being ravaged by critics. The modestly budgeted movie, costing $35 million to produce, currently shows a 10-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, marking the worst rating of Fassbender’s career. It is faring just as poorly with audiences, who gave the film a rare D CinemaScore.
Snowman earned $1.3 million from 1,812 theaters on Friday for a projected $3.7 million weekend. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, the film is based on the Jo Nesbo best-seller of the same name about a determined detective on the trail of a serial killer. Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer and J.K. Simmons also star.
Working Title and Universal are counting on Snowman to make up ground overseas, where it has already earned $10 million from its first few markets.
Firefighting drama Only the Brave, from Black Label Media and Sony, is faring better than Snowman, but it likewise isn’t sparking with audiences. Playing in 2,577 theaters, the critically acclaimed film took in roughly $2 million on Friday for a projected $6 million-plus weekend.
Only the Brave, recounting the real-life story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who battled against the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, is targeting moviegoers in America’s heartland. Earlier this week, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attended a Washington, D.C., screening of the $38 million movie, which stars Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly, Taylor Kitsch and Miles Teller. A philanthropic initiative tied to the film, The Granite Mountain Fund, drives donations to support firefighting and the communities connected to and impacted by Hotshots and their work.
Elsewhere, faith-based distributor Pure Flix finally releases Same Kind of Different as Me, starring Greg Kinnear as an international arts dealer who befriends a homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) in order to rescue his marriage. Renee Zellweger, Jon Voight and Olivia Holt also star.
The film, opening in 1,362 cinemas, grossed an estimated $1.4 million on Friday for a projected $3 million weekend. Paramount, which made the film adaptation of the book of the same name, was originally set to open Same Kind of Different as Me in April 2016, but later dropped the film from its release calendar and partnered with Pure Flix.
New offerings at the specialty box office include Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions’ Wonderstruck, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Millicent Simmonds.
Oct. 21, 7:45 a.m. Updated with revised estimates.
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