After All The Controversy And Hype Behind Tyler Perry’s “Temptation,” How Did It Do At The Box Office?

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April 1, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

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Did you spend your money to see Temptation this past weekend? We sure did. And while one author has already expressed the effect the movie had on her thinking on our site today, seeing that this is not a Madea movie, or a sequel to his previous works and the hype around it was big, how did it end up doing at the box office this past Easter weekend?

Not bad. According to ABC News, Perry’s newest film came in third, raking in $22.3 million. It came behind G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Croods at number two. I can see the appeal of the films that beat it out at the box office. G.I. Joe had the action that men want and the eye candy that women would sit through it for (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Channing Tatum? Yes, please!), and The Croods was just number one the weekend before, and kids movies with a decent plot always bring in big dollars. But considering the advertising, the buzz surrounding the movie (especially since Kim Kardashian was in it and there was that whole threat, aka, folks pretending they were going to boycott the movie), and the people I saw standing in line for it on Saturday in NYC, I thought it would have been number one. And the movie isn’t actually bad. Despite a few predictable moments and a confusing ending, it was very entertaining.

Either way though, it’s a success for Perry and around his average opening weekend performances (Shadow and Act says his highest opening weekend performance was Madea Goes To Jail with $41 million, and the lowest being Daddy’s Little Girls with $11.2 million) so kudos to him.

If you saw the movie this past weekend and happened to be one of the people who helped it do $22.3 million at the box office, what did you think?

 

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  • Pam

    This movie sucked balls better than my gay neighbor…..

  • Ericastar

    I liked the movie! It gave me drama and a reality check. I always feel he keeps his movies in perspective and that is why his movies defy the negative critics. Everyone complained about the ending but that’s probably what would really happen in life. I’m glad he hasn’t buckled to the Hollywood pressure and stayed true to his talent and vision. It is so easy to criticize but it takes talent to create.

  • Chassie

    The fact that Kim Kardashian was the best part of this movie is just… very telling. No one was an actual character, which is essential to story telling. A story is not about a group of stereotypes who meet in the big city. Stories are about people. Everyone delivered their grammatically flawed lines like they were robots, for 94 of the 105 minutes, literally nothing happened, this really was not Jurnee’s best acting, I think Brandy did an OK job with what Tyler gave her to work with, and after the plane scene, I’m seriously left with a bad taste in my mouth. I try to give every film a chance, because directors usually grow, but Tyler seems to be worsening every film. Diary of a Mad Black Woman was seriously his magnum opus, and if he continues trading quality for quantity…who am I kidding, stans love the Kool-aid

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kalone-K-Baker/1237697804 Kalone K. Baker

    Tyler is growing as a director and this film shows it. A very good movie and thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

    *sigh* I just felt like it could have been soooo much better. It started off really slow and then when it finally picked up, I was on the edge of my seat only to be given a unclimatic and awkward ending. If could make some changes to the movie, I would have let the other guy (I forgot his name in the movie) really try to get Journee’s character to fall in love with him, not just his lifestyle. That way it would have really made her think hard about who she wanted to be with. And wish we could have actually seen him stalking Brandy’s character so we could see what she was really running from but I guess Tyler got a little lazy

    • ThatGirlBianca

      i think he did that to give us the benefit of the doubt.

  • Movie Goer

    Well the movie definitely led to a lengthy discussion about relationships amongst my friend and I. I enjoyed it but was also wondering why the abrupt ending, what happened to Harley and why the all of a sudden bad make up at the end for Bryce

    • AllyCat

      She was dying of AIDS what did you expect?

  • Brandi G

    It wasn’t horrible, it did leave u with the need to have a conversation ur significant but the ending left u feeling bamboozled lol I had to sit ther for a minute and say huh?!? it left u with the same feeling u had when why did I get married too ended and u were confused as to why Malik Yoba had to die like he did or even at all and where in the world the Rock came from and why? Lol the timeline was all off and what the Heck happened to Harley??

  • http://www.facebook.com/ERJitterbugg Johnnie Q. X. Sturner

    I know on another article I said I couldn’t wait to see it. Well…saw it, and all I could say was “meh”. Great plot, had a few funny moments, but a little rushed and too predictable. And I saw the play.

    I guess if only the characters were more developed and the story took its time to be unfolded, then it would have been better.

  • Jenni

    Good movie but the acting—-not so much. I do like that there was a lesson to be learned. Wish more movies were like that.

  • tic

    Very good movie enjoyed it very much.

  • Danielle

    The movie was great to watch, andit left the viewers with a need to have a conversation about the movie with their significant others about cherishing them…I definitely did :) It had many great lessons in it; including not taking your partner for granted, the importance of open communication, the importance of being somewhat open-minded, and the fact that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

    • SunshineBlossom

      Zane always said the other side of grass is dirt.

  • strongsister1

    Job well done Tyler cast and all were great, love the story line and the end results makes you think twice about what you have in a relationship and what you might end with.

    • CoCo Lee

      It really is an eye opener…

  • Mia

    Kim K. wasn’t about to get any of my date’s money! She has enough of it for doing nothing.

    • pfeiffer87

      What about Jurnee Smollett? Does she deserve your money? Or Lance Gross? If we don’t support these films how can we expect Hollywood to offer us decent films with black casts?

      • Mia

        Girl bye, Tyler’s film aren’t doing anything positive for the black race. The same paper thin plots, stereotypical one dimensional characters and a sermon. I will pass on that foolishness.

        • http://twitter.com/CarltonJordan Carlton Jordan

          the movie was horrible!!! anyone who enjoyed it it just a TP stan. Step ya film game UP!

          • anon

            right! Step it up or Step off! smh. Spike Lee and ‘em knew exactly what they were saying.

        • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

          Not doing anything positive? Im sorry, but I haven’t seen any of the men in Tyler’s films play thugs, gang bangers, drug dealers, football players, or any of the other stereotypes black men always get cast in. The women aren’t half dressed with poetic justice braids down to their ankles, lip smacking, gum popping, rolling the neck types with the baby on her hip. They are always successful one way or another and in a relationship. A broken one sometimes, but still in relationships. He is still giving out actors and actresses a chance instead of being cast as the token “black” person

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004952893042 Sophie Accosi

            You haven’t seen any one play thugs, gang bangers or drug dealers? Are you sure you’ve seen a TP movie?

            • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

              If there were, the part was so small and irrelevant and was not a major influence on the movie is what I mean. And yes, I’ve seen every TP movie thank you.

            • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

              And that still does not change that he is trying to do something positive for black actors/actresses. Even if they do play a small part as a drug dealer or thug, you still have to remember that they are just actors who are playing whatever role they can get

      • Akiko

        Hollywood will never offer ‘us’ any decent films because ‘we’ are not what Hollywood is interested in.