By Tony Nwanne
Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” has claimed the first place at the North American box office, industry data showed Monday.
The latest instalment of Tyler Perry’s Madea comedy franchise — in which Perry reprises his role as a tough-talking matriarch — raked in $28.5 million, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.
“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” another debut film, took second place with $22.9 million.
The sequel to 2012’s “Jack Reacher” stars Tom Cruise again as a former Army soldier going it alone, based on British author Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” novel series.
The horror sequel “Ouija: Origin of Evil” — about home séances gone wrong — opened in third place with $14.1 million.
“The Accountant,” a financial thriller starring Ben Affleck, took fourth with $13.6 million.
Last week’s box office leader, it follows an autistic mathematics savant who capitalizes on his fondness for numbers by becoming an undercover forensic accountant for criminal organizations.
The psychological thriller “The Girl on the Train,” starring Emily Blunt as a depressed, alcoholic divorcee who witnesses something odd as she rides a commuter train, dropped to fifth place with $7.2 million in its third week.
Rounding out the top 10 films were:
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” ($5.9 million)
“Keeping Up with the Joneses” ($5.5 million)
“Kevin Hart: What Now?” ($4.1 million)
“Storks” ($4 million)
“Deepwater Horizon” ($3.4 million)