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Box Office: Tom Hanks’ ‘Inferno’ Faces Frightful Competition From ‘Madea’ After $5.6 Million Friday

Inferno
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Inferno” is burning out during its opening weekend, after making $5.6 million at 3,576 locations on Friday.

Sony’s third adaptation of Dan Brown’s book series, following “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons,” should uncover a $15.9 million opening weekend after a slow Thursday when it made $800,000.

Halloween weekend looks to be a treat for Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” from Lionsgate. After collecting $4.6 million at 2,299 locations on Friday, its second weekend should earn just barely below the first frame of “Inferno.”

Paramount’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is aiming at third place this weekend after making $2.9 million at 3,780 locations on Friday. The film is seeing a steep 60% drop-off from its opening weekend.

From Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, “Inferno” stars Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology, who teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to stop a madman from wiping out half the world’s population. Ron Howard directs from a script written by David Koepp. Howard also produced the movie with Brian Grazer on a budget of roughly $75 million, or half of what “Angels & Demons” cost. Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Irrfan Khan also star.

While it is underperforming domestically, overseas tells a different story — after only 10 days at 64 international markets “Inferno” swiftly earned over $100 million. This weekend the international rollout continues into China and Japan and looks to reach $150 million globally by the weekend’s end.

When “Angels & Demons” was released in May 2009 it made over $46 million in its opening frame. “The Da Vinci Code” made $77 million during its opening weekend, also in May. The films combines have grossed over $1.2 billion and have performed extremely well at the international box office.

This weekend’s overall slump could be attributed in part to any number of factors including sequel fatigue, the calm before the awards-season-contenders storm, the Presidential election, Halloween weekend or the World Series which sees the Chicago Cubs, a major market, in competition for the first time since 1945.