The weekend box office tallies are in and Tyler Perry might not be having such a great morning.
Single Mom’s Club opened in the number five spot this weekend with $8.3 million in box office receipts. That’s his lowest opening weekend as a director, and it’s his second lowest opening as a producer. The lowest was for last year’s Tyler Perry Presents Peeples starring Kerry Washington, which opened at $4.6 million. According to Variety, Single Mom’s Club actually had good reviews from CinemaScore with an A- rating.
Previously, the lowest box office opening for a movie Perry directed was 2007’s Daddy’s Little Girls with $11.2 million.
It seems as though Perry might be losing a bit of his luster at the box office. Aside from Peeples, Box Office Mojo notes that A Madea Christmas had a rough go at the box office, “barely [surpassing] $50 million.” But Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak, isn’t counting him out just yet.
“This is one of Tyler Perry’s lowest debuts ever, but he cranks out hits every year for almost decade,” he told the AP. “He’s allowed a couple of missteps every once in a while.”
In the top spot for the weekend was the animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman with $21.2 million. That movie is actually based on a cartoon that aired in the 1950s and 60s during the Rocky & Bullwinkle show. In second place was the 3D movie 300: Rise of an Empire with $19.1 million (it was last week’s top movie). And number three was Need for Speed, the car racing movie that was expected to take the number one spot. And Non-Stop the airplane thriller starring Liam Neeson (with a small part for Lupita Nyong’o) was at number four with $10.6 million. It has already earned $68.8 million.
On a final note, the religious movie Son of God is worth mentioning. It made $5.4 million in its third week, continuing its quick slide from the number two spot in its opening week ($26.5 million to start). The Associated Press questions the appeal of these movies but we have another, Noah starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connolly and Emma Watson coming on the 28th. That’s based on the story of Noah’s Ark and comes in advance of the Easter holiday. Christian Bale will also be starring as Moses in the upcoming film Exodus. With big-time movie stars headlining those movies, we might see better box office returns.