Tyler Perry’s new comedy horror movie “Boo! A Madea Halloween” has been number one at the box office in North America for two weeks in a row. Over this last Halloween weekend, it took in over $17.2 million. This brings its total box office earnings to $52.6 million in just two weeks. The movie is a new addition to Perry’s famous “Madea” franchise about an elderly black grandmother who talks tough.
When Perry heard the news about the success of his latest Madea movie, he claimed to be grateful more than he was surprised. The movie even beat out other bigger hopefuls like the new Tom Cruise movie “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” and the new Tom Hanks film “Inferno.” Perry said he had confidence the movie would do well because of how diverse his crowds were during his “Madea on the Run” comedy tour.
The Madea character came from a play that Perry wrote in 1999 entitled “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” He said audiences used to be all black, but then got more diverse as time went on and the character started to grow. Now eighteen years after the first Madea production, the character is loved by pretty much every race.
As for his latest movie “Boo!”, Perry attributed some of its success to the timing since it was a Halloween-themed movie. But more importantly, Perry believes the country needs a funny distraction from the world of politics which everyone is so consumed in right now. Aside from that, there are police shootings and all sorts of hateful actions going on in the world that make people feel bad all the time. Perry thinks the entire country just needs to laugh and forget about their problems. That is really why “Boo!” was timed just right.