Boo! Madea Beat Tom Cruise at the Box Office

Madea is indeed frightening.

Finally answering whether the biggest star in the world is Tom Cruise or Tyler Perry pretending to be an old woman, Boo! A Madea Halloween just beat Jack Reacher: Never Go Back at the box office.

Over the weekend, the latest fat suit Madea has draped over a holiday topped the box office charts, taking in an estimated $27.6 million. That’s the third highest opening for a Madea film (logically, Madea Goes to Jail‘s titular promise proved most enticing) and ninth highest opening ever in the category “Comedy – Fat Suit,” which is an actual, ranked category of films now.

Facing reviews that made it seem as tedious and unmemorable as its name, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back fell into the second spot with $23 million. That’s a healthy amount more than the original Jack Reacher opened to in 2012, but, ultimately, the sequel’s box office haul should end up far below its predecessor. While the original was a sleeper hit that coasted on surprisingly strong word-of-mouth and a solid critical response, this one’s request to never go back is being increasingly heeded.

Also in its opening weekend, Ouija: Origin of Evil narrowly took third over last weekend’s leader, The Accountant, the films respectively bringing in $14 million and $13.6 million. The Girl on the Train dropped to fifth with $7 million.

Next week: look for Doctor Strange and Trolls to duke it out for which has better turned ’60s psychedelia into CGI!

Weekend Box Office Results [Box Office Mojo]

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