It was a battle of the sequels at the multiplexes this weekend, as Boo! A Madea Halloweennarrowly edged out Jack Reacher: Never Go Back to claim first place at the domestic box office.
The latest film in the long-running Madea series racked up $27.6 million. Comedian Chris Rock may be entitled to a percentage of the gross. Creator Tyler Perry was inspired to take his pistol-packing grandma trick-or-treating after Rock's comedian character in 2014's Top Five joked that his latest movie, a passion project about a slave revolt, was going head-to-head at the box office with Boo! A Madea Halloween. What was once intended as satire eventually became a seasonally appropriate reality.