It was a quiet October weekend at the box office, though there were more disappointments than there were achievements. This time of year is often seen as a dumping ground for less-attractive films, just before the blockbuster holiday and awards seasons begin.
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween won the top spot for the weekend, taking in an estimated $21 million in the United States and Canada.
The sequel came in about 25% lower than the original but with a meager $20 million budget, Boo 2 should still be a financial windfall.
Like the other films in the series, the ninth entry in the Madea franchise was ravaged by critics but earned high marks from audiences.
Warner Bros.’ Geostorm with Gerard Butler claimed the number two spot, but it most definitely was not a victory for the global disaster film.
The film cost a reported $120 million to make, was delayed multiple times, and even underwent expensive reshoots last winter.
With a $13 million opening weekend, there’s almost no way the film will make up its budget even if it does modestly well overseas.
Geostorm was the directorial debut of Dean Devlin, known for writing and producing a string of disaster films with director Roland Emmerich.
Emmerich and Devlin were responsible for Independence Day, 1998’s Godzilla, and Independence Day: Resurgence, which led to apparent overconfidence in Devlin’s first outing as a director.
Another huge disappointment was The Snowman, based on the best-selling thriller by author Jo Nesbø and starring Michael Fassbender.
Critics and audiences alike gave the film awful reviews, and it earned a meager $3 million opening weekend, coming in at number eight.
Sony’s true life firefighter drama Only the Brave debuted in fifth place with $6 million, which is still a respectable number considering its modest $38 million budget. Powerhouse horror film It continued its domination with an additional $3.5 million this weekend, while Blade Runner 2049 brought in an additional $7 million.