Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Madea slaps Jack Reacher around

Fulfilling audiences’ seasonal desires to get good and scared by how teenagers talk these days, Boo! A Madea Halloween blustered its way to the top of the box office this weekend, where it slapped its competitors around like a 17-year-old caught with beer. Tyler Perry’s seventh Madea-branded film—and the character’s ninth movie overall—took in $27.6 million across 2,260 theaters, reversing a slight downward trajectory for the franchise that saw A Madea Christmas debut at just $16 million back in 2013. The comparatively scarce competition of Halloween-themed fare no doubt helped, as did the three years off, an absence that only made the heart grow fonder of Tyler Perry berating people in a dress. Analysts are also crediting a viral skit where Madea talked to Jimmy Fallon’s Trump, as well as the casting of various back-sassing kids with heavy social media followings—all …

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