When we interviewed Tyler Perry ahead of the release of his new movie “Alex Cross,” we asked if more movies based on James Patterson’s detective novels could be in his future.
“That’s going to depend on the audience,” he said.
The audience does not appear to be clamoring for more. The action thriller about a hard-charging detective on the hunt of a ruthless murderer did not have a killer weekend at the box office.
“‘Alex Cross’ is Perry’s lowest-grossing opener as an actor; it is the second-lowest debut of his career, after ‘Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls,’ which he wrote, directed and produced,” reported E Online.
Citing Friday-Sunday stats compiled by studios and Exhibitor Relations, E reported that “Paranormal Activity 4″ led the weekend box office with a $30.2 million haul. Ben Affleck’s superb “Argo,” based on the true story of how Americans escaped Iran after the siege on the Tehran embassy, was next with a $16.6 million weekend. (Here’s a link to our recent interview with Affleck).
Then came ”Hotel Transylvania” ($13.5 million), “Taken 2″ ($13.4 million) and then “Alex Cross,” at $11.8 million.
The reviews for “Alex Cross” haven’t been great.
“A grim, dispiritingly stupid waste of time, energy, money and talent,” wrote The New York Times, which went on to say that if there are to be further movies starring Perry as Cross, “you will need to fire the writers and the director. And then you will need to help Mr. Perry rethink his performance, which lacks both nuance and the majestic, uncompromising wrath that makes Madea so memorable.”
The Los Angeles Times didn’t like the movie either, but noted Perry “has the talent to move beyond the world of Madea should he want to. He just needs to look for much better material.”
The movie fared better in The Examiner’s review, which said, “If the first installment of ‘Alex Cross’ is any indication of what is to come, I look forward to the next episode.”
Did you see “Alex Cross?” If not, do you plan to?