Tyler Perry in Boo2!: A Madea Halloween

In Theaters This Week (10/20/2017): Only the Brave, Geostorm, Boo2!: A Madea Halloween and More!


Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  The weeks where only one or two films are opening are gone for the rest of the year.  Five new releases open wide this week.

The Snowman

Of the five films opening this week, three (Madea, Same Kind of Different as Me, and Geostorm) were not screened for critics.  In Madea’s case, it’s because this is the 10th film in Tyler Perry’s empire and it will make bank no matter what critics say about it.  In the case of the other two….well, Same Kind of Different as Me had its release pushed back twice, and The Guardian called the trailer “the most offensive thing I’ve ever seen”.  Clearly The Guardian needs to watch the news more often, but you get the point.  In Geostorm’s case, after two major earthquakes in Mexico and three major hurricanes (the last of which has still left Puerto Rico in desperate straits a month later), a film about massive destructive storms seems in equally massive bad taste.

The Snowman, adapted from Jo Nesbo’s best-selling series of thriller novels, is getting extremely poor reviews, but Joseph Kosinski’s Only the Brave is currently sitting at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing.  The firefighting film is definitely your best bet this weekend.

Boo2!: A Madea Halloween (Tyler Perry, PG-13, 1hr 41m)

Geostorm (Gerard Butler, PG-13, 1hr 50m)

Only the Brave (Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly, PG-13, 2hr 13m)

Same Kind of Different as Me (Djimon Honsou, PG-13, 1hr 59m)

The Snowman (Michael Fassbender, R, 1hr 59m)

How Did We Do Last Week? KT reluctantly picked Happy Death Day based on my grudging respect for horror fans to plop down money for literally anything that might not suck (and a lot of things that do).  Proving me right (thanks…?), Happy Death Day made $26.1 million bumping the fantastic Blade Runner 2049 to second with $15.5 million, probably cementing its status as the best bomb of 2017.
(2017 Prediction Record: 37-5; Lifetime prediction record 75-10).

Jessica Roethe in Happy Death Day

When Tyler Perry puts on a dress, the man makes money.  I am not the target audience of the films, but the man is a cash cow in drag.  Boo2!: A Madea Halloween will easily win the weekend and end the R-Rated streak of dominance at two months…..until next week when Jigsaw will take it right back.

Tyler Perry in Boo2!: A Madea Halloween

11 thoughts on “In Theaters This Week (10/20/2017): Only the Brave, Geostorm, Boo2!: A Madea Halloween and More!”

  1. I am a sucker for apocalyptic movies and madea is a violent asshole who gets glorified for being funny. So geostorm for me. Snowman looks good too. But i trust your pick and the offensive stereotype madea will win at the boxoffice.


    1. I honestly have never seen any of the Madea films and the threshold for determining whether something is an offensive stereotype is something I let the targeted audience determine, and I am not it. There’s an 11th one in the works for next year and they make bank, but they’ve never really interested me so I couldn’t speak to their offensiveness. I’m going to check out Only the Brave tonight, so hopefully we’ll have a review tomorrow.


  2. I’ve never seen a Madea film either. I gather the character is a special kind of jerk, but I don’t think people mimic behavior they see in movies unless other, far more fundamental issues are lurking, and those would still be a danger sans the art of cinema.

    Also (and I’m being really generous to Madea) if a movie’s target audience doesn’t think the film is insulting them, God bless. Money is justification enough for a franchise to keep going. When Madea gets selected by the Library of Congress for posterity, then I start to worry for civilization. Until then, may everyone involved thrive.

    I don’t understand how Geostorm got greenlit and funded. No one involved could have predicted the horrors befalling Puerto Rico, and all the other disasters that have been happening, so I give them a pass on the offensiveness. Or, at least, that type of offensiveness. And since Snowman looks like it’s about a serial killer putting body parts in snowmen, it’s good that more people won’t go. Less negative energy in the air.

    All these films are asking people to live vicariously through horrible people and events. Some of my favorite movies are film noirs, and really dark, but come on, at THIS juncture in history, or even just this week, let’s celebrate stuff! Only the Brave.

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