After last week’s snooze-fest at the box-office, Hollywood is offering four new-releases this weekend to shake up the charts. Opening across the country this weekend are ‘Jack Reacher 2,’ the horror-thriller ‘Ouija 2’ and the comedies ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ and ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’.
While many predicted that Tom Cruise’s new Jack Reacher installment would have easily topped the charts, it was Lionsgate’s new comedy that won the weekend. Taking the top-spot across the board domestically was “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” bringing in $27.6M across 2,260 locations. “Boo! A Madea Halloween” was written and directed by Tyler Perry, the film stars Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely.
In a close second-place was “Jack Reacher 2,” from Paramount Pictures. The action-thriller pulled-in $23M for the studio across 3,780 locations domestically. “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” was directed by Edward Zwick, working off a screenplay written by Richard Wenk. The film is based on the book Never Go Back by Lee Child. The film stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders and Aldis Hodge.
“Ouija: Origin of Evil” landed in a distant third-place overall, bringing in $14M for Universal Pictures. The film, which also debuted this weekend, opened across 3,168 locations. “Ouija 2” was directed by Mike Flanagan, the sequel was written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. The film stars Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson and Annalise Basso.
Last week’s winner, “The Accountant,” dropped to fourth-place over the weekend. The Warner Bros. Pictures’ thriller remained in 3,332 locations this week, but only grossed $14.02M domestically. The film has now earned almost $48M for the studio, a great haul considering the film hit theaters just two-weeks ago. “The Accountant” was directed by Gavin O’Connor, the screenplay was written by Bill Dubuque. The drama stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons.
Wrapping-up the top-five this weekend was another Universal hit, the adaptation of “The Girl on the Train”. The thriller brought-in an additional $7.27M across 3,091 locations this weekend, raising the film’s three-week total to just under $59M. ‘The Girl on the Train’ was directed by Tate Taylor, the screenplay was written by Erin Cressida Wilson and Paula Hawkins (who wrote the book the film is based on). The film stars Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett and Rebecca Ferguson.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is the comedy “Keeping Up with the Joneses” from Fox. The comedy failed to make the top-five this weekend, and fell flat with a $5.6M debut. Despite the film’s high-profile leads, and opening across 3,022 locations, the film’s future looks both bleak and short at local cinemas. “Keeping up with the Joneses” was directed by Greg Mottola, working from a script written by Michael LeSieur. The film stars Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot.
If you happen to live near one of the 50 locations that is screening “American Pastor” this weekend, the film is getting some pretty good reviews. Despite its small 50-locaiton debut, the film managed to bring-in $151K for Lionsgate. “American Pastor” was directed by Ewan McGregor, the screenplay was written by John Romano. The film is based on the popular novel written by Philip Roth. The film stars Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.
These films will battle only one new contender next week, but it won’t be a pushover. “Inferno,” directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, will open across 3,400 locations. The film is expected to top the charts during its debut weekend.