'Madea' beats 'Jack Reacher' with $27M opening at weekend Box-office

Graph courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo

No, you did not read wrong. "BOO! A Madea Halloween," which I did not know even existed until ... now, has taken the top spot at the weekend Box-Office ending October 23rd with a $27M intake. That's 4 Million more than "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" which still fared fairly well all things considering. The 2012 original "Reacher" opened up with a scant $15M opening, but built up a solid core of fans through home video, plus it will likely get high-grossing domestic receipts.

Take a look at "Keeping Up with the Joneses". Brutal. That's the second Galafianakis dud in less than a month, after "Masterminds" choked just a few weeks ago.

On the indie side "The Birth of a Nation" is all but done. Nate Parker's controversy has dimmed any hopes of not only box-office success, but any kind of Oscar hopes. The film has made only $14M in three weeks and gotten mixed reviews. Going in a completely different direction is Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" which is the best reviewed movie of the year and got a per-screen average of 100K this weekend, playing in only four theatres total in LA and NY, but going wider in the next few weeks.