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Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Draws $760,000 on Thursday Night

Tyler Perry’s horror-comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” has earned $760,000 on Thursday night at 2,000 North American locations.

Sony’s firefighting drama “Only the Brave” took in $305,000 from preview screenings and Universal’s murder mystery “The Snowman” grossed $270,000 at 1,550 theaters.

Lionsgate’s “Boo 2” should dominate a moderate weekend at the North American box office with at least $20 million at 2,388 locations. The result will be down about 30% from the year-ago returns of the original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which made $855,000 from Thursday night previews on its way to winning the weekend with $28.5 million and finishing with $73 million domestically.

The sequel, set at a haunted campground, is directed by, written by, and also stars Perry in his ninth iteration as the tough-talking Madea. “Boo 2” is a low-risk project for Lionsgate, with a combined production cost and marketing spend in the $20 million range.

Expectations are muted for four other openers — weather disaster tale “Geostorm,” “The Snowman,” “Only the Brave,” and faith-based drama “Same Kind of Different as Me.”

Warner Bros. is releasing “Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess, at 3,246 venues amid forecasts in the $10 million to $12 million area. That’s a disappointing result due to its reported $100 million budget, co-financed by Warner Bros. and Skydance Media.

The film, directed by Dean Devlin, is set in a near future where climate-controlling satellites malfunction, triggering massive storms. Warner Bros. didn’t hold Thursday night preview showings for the movie. “Geostorm” is also being released in an additional 50 overseas markets, including Germany, Russia, Korea, Brazil, Australia, Spain, U.K., and Mexico.

“The Snowman” is launching at 1,813 North American theaters with estimates in the $8 million to $12 million range. It’s based on Jo Nesbø’s best-seller about the hunt to capture an ingenious serial killer in Norway and is produced by  Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner as well as Piodor Gustafsson and Robyn Slovo.

Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, and J.K. Simmons star in the movie, directed by Tomas Alfredson. Reviews have been unkind, earning the drama a 11% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Prospects are also downbeat for “Only the Brave,” based on the true story of the 19 Arizona firefighters who died in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire. The pic, debuting at 2,575 locations, is heading for a $6 million weekend — a disappointing result, given its $38 million budget.

Initial reviews for “Only the Brave” have been stellar, earning it an 90% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, James Badge Dale, and Jennifer Connelly.

Pure Flix’s “Same Kind of Different as Me” is also due for a quiet debut with about $3 million at 1,250 sites. The drama is toplined by Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt, Jon Voight, and Stephanie Leigh Schlund.

The second weekend of Universal’s low-budget “Happy Death Day” should finish in the $12 million range following a strong $26.5 million opening. Warner Bros.’ third frame of “Blade Runner 2049” will probably come in around $8 million. The science-fiction sequel has grossed $66.9 million domestically in its first two weeks.

After a sizzling September, this month’s overall domestic business has declined 13.9% to $327.6 million as of Oct. 18, according to comScore. Year-to-date business trails 2017 by 4.8% with $8.52 billion.

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