The flames of Tyler Perry’s mega-popular Madea series rage on as Boo! A Madea Halloween holds steady at No. 1 atop the North American box office, dousing Tom Hanks’ Inferno, which debuts to a paltry $14.9 million in the runner-up position.
With its $17.2 million haul, Perry’s holiday-themed comedy registers the best second weekend percentage drop of any film in Perry’s filmography, including non-Madea titles. The film’s cumulative total now stands at just over $52.5 million after 10 days in theaters.
Inferno, Ron Howard’s third film in the long-running Robert Langdon series, debuts as the only new wide release hitting North American screens this weekend. Starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, the film has big shoes to fill, as its predecessors, 2006’s The Da Vinci Code and 2009’s Angels & Demons, grossed $217.5 million and $133.4 million domestically.
Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones face little competition at the box office this weekend as their Da Vinci Code threequel Inferno debuts as the week’s only new wide release.
Though it’s been a whopping seven years since religious symbology professor Robert Langdon has appeared on the big screen, Inferno director Ron Howard says he’s banking on the new film — the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, both movies Howard also directed — being worth the wait.
Oh, those sweeping shots of Florence and Istanbul. Ah, the Renaissance palazzos. And the inevitable anagram hidden in a classic painting, and the frantic quest that elevates perusals of museum stacks into thrilling set pieces. Yes, Dan Brown’s best-selling hero and the world’s most beleaguered symbologist, Prof. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), is back for another adventure. But this time his puzzle-minded foes have subbed out da Vinci’s Mona Lisa for Botticelli’s map of Dante’s hell.
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