The third weekend in October is starting to become the new home for the most crowded frame of the year. Last year, four new movies opened in wide release (The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms, although none could beat The Martian, and two (Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms) didn't even crack the top 10. This year, four more new movies opened in wide release, Lionsgate's new Madea movie Boo! A Madea Halloween, Paramount's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Universal's Ouija: Origin of Evil and 20th Century Fox's Keeping Up With the Joneses. While all four new releases did crack the top 10, Boo! A Madea Halloween took the top spot with $27.6 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that, despite opening in the fewest theaters among new releases this weekend (2,260), it easily had the best per-screen average with $12,212. However, this horror-comedy wasn't embraced by the nation's critics, with just a 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This movie earned the third best opening in the seven-movie Madea franchise, behind Madea's Family Reunion's $30 million in 2006 and Madea Goes to Jail's $41 million in 2009.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back debuted in second place with an estimated $23 million, debuting with roughly $8 million more than its predecessor, 2012's Jack Reacher. That Lee Child adaptation opened with $15.2 million in a crowded December frame that also featured the debuts of This Is 40, The Guilt Trip and the 3D re-release of Monsters Inc., all of which were defeated by The Hobbit in its second weekend. Jack Reacher would go on to earn $80 million domestically and $218.3 million worldwide from a $60 million budget. The top 5 is rounded out by Ouija: Origin of Evil in third place with $14.06 million, The Accountant in fourth place with $14.02 million and The Girl On the Train in fifth place with $7.2 million. Since these two are so close together, it's possible they could switch places when the actual numbers come in tomorrow.
Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads Reacher's old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed. Based upon Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, author Lee Child's 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.
In Boo! A Madea Halloween, Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens. Tyler Perry returns as Madea, with a supporting cast that includes Bella Thorne, Cassi Davis, Andre Hall, Diamond White, Jimmy Tatro and Kian Lawley. Tyler Perry directs from his own script, which was inspired by the fictitious Madea Halloween movie in Chris Rock's film Top Five. Lionsgate then approached Perry and suggested that they make the movie for real.
Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija 2 tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014's sleeper hit that opened at number one. In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side. The cast includes Doug Jones, Elizabeth Reaser, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Lin Shaye and Annalise Basso.
Keeping Up With the Joneses follows an ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) who finds it's not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) - their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors - especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. "Jones" are covert operatives. The supporting cast of this action-comedy includes Maribeth Monroe, Ming Zhao, Jeff Chase, Cullen Moss, Kristi Von and Dennise Renae Larson. Greg Mottola (Paul) directs from a script by Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree).
The top 10 is rounded out by Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ($6 million), Keeping Up with the Joneses ($5.6 million), Kevin Hart: What Now? ($4.1 million), Storks ($4 million) and
Deepwater Horizon ($3.6 million). Also opening in limited release is A24's Moonlight, which earned an astounding $414,740 from four theaters for an incredible $103,685 per-screen average. Magnolia's The Handmaiden also fared well, taking in $91,600 from five theaters for a $18,320 per-screen average. Michael Moore's surprise documentary Michael Moore in Trumpland earned $50,200 from two theaters for an impressive $25,100 per-screen average. Focus World's Focus World's In a Valley of Violence earned $30,000 from 33 theaters for a horrendous $909 per-screen average. Lionsgate's American Pastoral earned $151,000 from 50 theaters for a middling $3,020 per-screen average and nd Drafthouse's We Are X earned $8,300 from one theater. No box office data was released for Freestyle Releasing's Autumn Lights, Kino Lorber's documentary Fire at Sea and Independent's Good Kids. It isn't known if any of those films will expand nationwide in the weeks to come.
Looking ahead to next week, Sony Pictures' Inferno, the third Robert Langdon adventure starring Tom Hanks, will be the only movie arriving in wide release. Magnolia's documentary Gimme Danger, FIP's drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Argentum's romance New Life and Paladin's horror-thriller The Unspoken will debut in limited release. Be sure to check back on Sunday for the box office estimates, and again on Tuesday for next week's wave of predictions. Until then, take a look at our projected top 10 for the weekend of October 21.