LOS ANGELES — For 14 years, Tyler Perry has been Lionsgate’s secret weapon. As the remainder of Hollywood underestimated the enchantment of his films repeatedly (and once more), Perry served up 20 movies to Lionsgate, promoting greater than $1 billion in tickets and pouring income into the studio’s residence leisure coffers.
That partnership got here to a casual shut over the weekend with the discharge of Perry’s low-budget “A Madea Family Funeral.” As ever, box-office analysts misjudged curiosity. “A Madea Family Funeral,” ostensibly marking the ultimate big-screen look by Perry’s gun-toting grandmother, offered an estimated $27 million in tickets at 2,442 North American theaters, or roughly 30 % greater than analysts had predicted.
The turnout was sufficient to problem “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” the megamovie within the market, for first place on the weekend field workplace. In the tip, “Hidden World” (Universal) pulled forward to gather roughly $30 million at four,286 cinemas, for a two-week home complete of $97.7 million, in keeping with Comscore. The big-budget animated sequel has collected an extra $277 million abroad.
[Read Tyler Perry’s essay in regards to the finish of Madea]
Universal additionally had an excellent three days with “Green Book,” the contentious winner of greatest image on the latest Academy Awards. “Green Book,” the feel-good story of a white chauffeur and his black shopper in segregation-era America, took in about $5 million, greater than double what it collected the earlier weekend. “Green Book,” which received off to a poor begin on the field workplace in November, has now collected $188 million worldwide for Universal and Participant Media.
Even so, probably the most important weekend outcomes concerned Lionsgate. The studio urgently wanted successful following a string of flops that included “Robin Hood” and “Hunter Killer.” Last 12 months, Lionsgate launched 19 films by way of numerous labels and took in a total in North America of about $379 million, its worst annual showing since 2007.
In 2017, when Lionsgate had breakouts like “Wonder” and “La La Land,” domestic ticket sales totaled $884 million.
The studio expects to turn a corner starting next month, when it will release a new “Hellboy” movie. A third chapter in the “John Wick” action series and “Long Shot,” a comedy starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, will arrive in May.
But Lionsgate can no longer rely on Perry. Going forward, Paramount Pictures has exclusive first-look rights to his movies as part of an overarching deal with Viacom, its corporate owner.
“Tyler Perry is an incomparable talent, and our door is always open to him,” Lionsgate said in a statement. “We look forward to doing more projects with him in the future.”
“It’s been a great experience to work with Lionsgate over the course of 20 films,” Perry said. “I couldn’t have asked for a more collaborative team to help bring my stories to audiences.”
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