It was another slow weekend at the box office this fall, with the lone new wide release failing to make much of an impression.
Coming in first once again is Boo! A Madea Halloween, which brought in $16.6 million in its second weekend. That’s just a 41.5 percent decrease from its debut, indicating that the film was able to overcome its poor critical reception and hold well. Tyler Perry’s latest movie increased its domestic total to $52 million, which is just below A Madea Christmas’ $52.5 million total from 2013. With Halloween this Monday, the movie may not be in demand in the coming weeks, but it’s done well for itself so far.
Opening in second – not first as originally speculated – is Inferno (read our review), the latest installment in Ron Howard’s Robert Langdon trilogy. The thriller managed a weak $15 million in its first three days, which by far is the lowest start for an installment in this franchise. Despite the star power of Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, Inferno could not find much of an audience. The most likely culprit is probably the word-of-mouth, as the film was slammed for being shallow and convoluted. It also didn’t help that between Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and The Accountant, there were other options playing for the target demographic.
The lone bright spot for Inferno is the international box office, where it has done exceptionally well. Its worldwide total currently stands at $147.7 million, meaning the film should become a profitable endeavor for Sony when it’s all said and done. It’ll have its hands fun next week with Doctor Strange opening in the U.S. (which could damage its commercial legs), but Inferno is still poised to make its money back. Like many movies before it, Inferno has the global markets to thanks for ultimately becoming a success.
In third is Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The action sequel grossed $9.5 million in its second weekend, raising its domestic total to $39.6 million. It has received a minor boost from the foreign marketplace, as the worldwide haul stands at $93.8 million, but it still has a ways to go to be considered profitable and may not reach that point since some major tentpoles are on the horizon.
In fourth is The Accountant. The Ben Affleck vehicle made $8.4 million over the weekend to raise its Stateside total to $61.2 million.
Rounding out the top five is Ouija: Origin of Evil, which brought in $7 million; a 49.7 percent decrease from its opening last week. The horror sequel has now grossed $24.6 million domestically.
The #6 film is The Girl on the Train with $4.2 million. It has now made $65.9 million in the U.S.
Coming in seventh is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The latest from director Tim Burton grossed $3.9 million in its fifth weekend to raise its domestic total to $79.8 million. It’s turned a small profit thanks to the international numbers, but it remains to be seen if this becomes a franchise for Fox.
Keeping Up with the Joneses comes in eighth with $3.3 million. The comedy flop raised its domestic total to just $10.7 million.
Storks finishes in ninth place again, grossing $2.7 million in its sixth weekend. Warner Animation Group’s latest has grossed a measly $68.2 million in the States, which is probably not what the studio was hoping for.
Capping off the top ten is Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which made $2.1 million in its first three days despite playing in just 302 theaters. That’s a very impressive performance for the foreign language indie, as it was able to stand out from the crowd and draw in a sizable audience.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, October 31 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]