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Tyler Perry’s “Alex Cross” not killing at the box office

Tyler Perry in a movie still from "Alex Cross"

Tyler Perry in a movie still from "Alex Cross"

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?

89 comments Add your comment

Rhonda Caldwell

October 22nd, 2012
7:37 am

VERY IMPRESSED (I GIVE IT 10 *****). YOU ARE SO GIFTED AND ANOITED!!!! ALEX CROSS WAS SUPERB… YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A MINI-SERIES….. I WANTED TO SEE IT OVER AGAIN AND WILL BE WAITING ON THE DVD…. GOD BLESS YOU!

J. Cox

October 22nd, 2012
7:52 am

Tyler Perry did an excellent job in his first thriller. I can’t imagine why critics would dismiss this film. Though I am an avid Perry fan, I remain objective. I concede that the lighting was somewhat compromised in the fight scene. It was a directorial oversight. You owe to yourself to see the film. If I judged his films by what the critics say, I wouldn’t have seen any of them! I have seen every film he’s ever made and Alex Cross is one of his best! Oftentimes, critics lack the objectivity they need to adequately express a professional opinion. Perry is so much more than Madea!

Eric

October 22nd, 2012
8:22 am

I saw the movie on yesterday and I thought Tyler Perry did and outstanding job! The movie was really good. Who cares what the critics say.

Traci404

October 22nd, 2012
8:32 am

I gave the movie a “B” I am so used to him playing Madea or other male characters in her family. Tyler as an action hero, was a stretch. But in the emotional scenes with Cicely Tyson. He was spot on. They could have made the relationship between him and his kids a lot stronger. The Psycho killer was done very well. Overall, I would go and see him again as Alex Cross. But I think HE should write the script.

Movie Fan

October 22nd, 2012
8:33 am

‘Alex Cross’ should have been a Morgan Freeman movie. Period!

Traci404

October 22nd, 2012
8:35 am

P.S. Get rid of the TWA. “Teenage Weenie Afro”

sweetgapeach

October 22nd, 2012
8:35 am

Surprisingly good! I am not a fan of any of the films featuring Madea but, those without the character are great. The critics got this one wrong.

GG

October 22nd, 2012
8:48 am

I have read all of James Patterson books on Alex Cross, and the impression I get from reading the books is a very tall distinguished young detective who is a man a woman would really love to have; Tyler Perry does not fit the bill and neither did Morgan Freeman. Now if there was Idris Elba, Denzel Washington, or Don Cheadle then there would have been a desire to see the movie, but to see a man who has played a female role all his acting career is out of the question. Don’t take me wrong I have nothing against men who choose the alternate lifestyle, but Tyler Perry just doesn’t possess those qualities.

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lmh

October 22nd, 2012
8:57 am

The movie was awesome, the viewers are the one with the problem. Society is trying to confine him to other roles (Madae), yet he is a man of many talents and they showed in this movie. Tyler Perry is not trying to be anyone else, he is his own man. I look forward to many more productions. Keep your head up, TP you have me and the Lord on your side!!

anonymous

October 22nd, 2012
9:03 am

Surely there must be a cool looking, young, energetic, articulate black male actor somewhere in this whole country who would do wonders with that role. No Denzel, Cheadle, Morgan Freeman or Samuel L. Jackson. Are these the only black actors who can do anything?
Somebody open your eyes and find the talent! It is out there!
On to T. Perry.
Best if he stayed behind the camera. I for one will not spend hard earned money watching him try to be something he is not.
Best if he sought out advice from critics that can help him perfect his craft! Listening only to his “yes men” and “yes women” will only result in this kind of turnout for his movies.
I won’t go see his film just because it is his film. I need better quality in a film.
That’s just me.

mugglemikki

October 22nd, 2012
9:06 am

@GG, I totally agree! It would have been a much better movie with Idris Elba. Has anybody else watched the Luther series on BBC America? He is brilliant in it!

Benn Dover

October 22nd, 2012
9:11 am

OMG. You people are delusional. All tyler perry is is a joke. period. and you losers are the punchline for liking it. 4.7/10 at IMDB.

Ms. GC

October 22nd, 2012
9:15 am

I saw the movie and thought it was really good. Who cares what the critics think. For Perry’s dedut in a serious role, he did a very good and credible job.

Bluot

October 22nd, 2012
9:16 am

Rhonda Caldwell 10 starts? Is that out of 5 like most movies? And all Caps, I think you are trying to convince yourself you liked the move more than you did. IT is OK to not like a movie, even if it has someone you worship in it.

I also like everyone blaming the director, writers anyone but Tyler for the bad reviews, but then say reviews mean nothing. Relax guys it is just a movie, in 3 years you will have forgot you even saw it.

Vinnie

October 22nd, 2012
9:18 am

I applaud his efforts for doing something outside the box, but for most, his success will remain doing certain types of films that feature coonery and him in drag.

Mo Galloway

October 22nd, 2012
9:27 am

I loved it! While I should be surprised by the NY this time I am puzzled.

gm

October 22nd, 2012
9:27 am

Great Job Perry, you know you have to be Tom Cruz, Mel Gibson, so you can be notice.

Gerry

October 22nd, 2012
9:34 am

I saw Alex Cross this weekend and I enjoyed it. It is great to see Tyler Perry playing a good-looking, sensitive, hunk of a man!

Shanelle

October 22nd, 2012
9:39 am

Ya’ll haterz is crazy. My boy Tyler is off da chain! This movie was great. Ya’ll all need to go see it.

The Movie

October 22nd, 2012
9:53 am

I saw Alex Cross this weekend and I did enjoy it. I thought the opening could have been different.

janet

October 22nd, 2012
9:58 am

If you listen to critics they will have you not seeing any movies – I enjoyed it and say keep on doing what you are doing Tyler. The movie was action packed and your acting was way above average

Glenda

October 22nd, 2012
10:07 am

I saw the movie and enjoyed it. It was a different role for Mr. Tyler and he played it well! Anticipating the next movie. Don’t listen to critics because they don’t know everything.

jean cooper

October 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

Movie was so-so. Not as good as when Morgan Freeman played Alex Cross. He was more believable.

Tay

October 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

I kinda figured it wasn’t going to do well at the box office, but I guess I’ll take the blog critics and wait for the DVD…

COOL CLYDE

October 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

Who cares what the critics think!!!! I’m taking my girl friend to see it for her Birthday(10-26). Do your think TYLER PERRY!!!!

Eric

October 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

Movie Fan

October 22nd, 2012
8:33 am
‘Alex Cross’ should have been a Morgan Freeman movie. Period!

I cannot see Morgan Freeman in this role now at his age. His age would have made the fighting unbeleivable.

Alvap13

October 22nd, 2012
10:20 am

Tyer Perry is an all around actor. He does not deserve to be stereo-typed as just the “Madea” character. I thoughe Cross was an allright movie, but lacked the spontaneity I was hoping to see, but that was in no way the fault of Tyler Perry, his performance was great! Could have been better direction. Critics every-where, who cares if you don’t like him or will not go to see his movies? The people that know what Tyler Perry stands for and the kind of help he is always giving to others will keep him being successful whether you go to see him or not. Hopefully, now that people can see him in a different type of role, he will be able to get better, more constructive parts. Go ahead Tyler, and don’t mind what the negative critics say. Laugh all the way to the bank!

david c

October 22nd, 2012
10:44 am

We witnessed a lot of frowns on the faces of what I assume to be the older fanbase of Tyler Perry coming out of the theater on Saturday. I would actually like to see Perry succeed at something other than Madea.

Portia

October 22nd, 2012
10:51 am

I went to see the movie Saturday and really enjoyed it. I loved the story line and the fact that it was really unpredictable. Tyler did a very good job. It was great seeing him step outside of the “Madea box”.

LawdHamercy

October 22nd, 2012
11:13 am

Haven’t seen the movie yet, but I plan to get the bootleg from the barbershop as soon as it’s out. I’m not ready to see Perry play a masculine role. Why him for this role anyway? Was Denzel busy?

Kman2g

October 22nd, 2012
11:14 am

I saw Alex Cross with Tyler Perry this weekend. I’ve never read any of the James Patterson books nor did I see the Alex Cross movie with Morgan Freeman. I’m not a big Madea fan either but I felt like I would give Tyler Perry a chance and check out his new movie to see if he could pull off being something other than a funny man. I’d say his performance was so-so. Does it leave me on the edge of my seat anxiously awaiting the next Alex Cross movie featuring Tyler Perry??? NO…….but I will say it was not a complete waste of time either. I normally give movies a grade like we used to get in school. I’d give the movie overall a B-. Tyler Perry’s performance was a C-. The psycho killer’s performance in the movie was awesome (A grade) and very believable which is what helped the movie get a B- from me. Good effort Tyler Perry. Keep working towards that A my man!!

SCPraise

October 22nd, 2012
11:16 am

My husband and I went to see the movie this past Saturday. My husband does not like the Madea type movies but loved this one; we both did. Tyler Perry did an excellent job as “Alex Cross”. The movie was unpredictable. Great movie! Can’t wait for the next installment. As for the critics, if you are looking for Madea, wait for the next Madea movie. She’s not in this one.

Lisa

October 22nd, 2012
11:18 am

I was so excited to go to see the movie on Friday. I came out of the theater a very disappointed James Patterson fan. Tyler Perry did an excellent job however, the movie did not follow the stroryline of the books. Maria did not die that way in the books and childhood friend was not Tommy, where was John Samson? Will not even watch it again when it is out on DVD. Such a shame to ruin a good story. Did James Patterson approve the movie before it was released?

Waste of Time

October 22nd, 2012
11:30 am

The movie was just ok. Matthew Fox’s performance was really good. Tyler Perry did a terrible job and wasn’t believable to me. I saw his stunt double in several scenes of the movie and in one scene, Tyler Perry’s voice transformed into Madea. I just can’t take him serious as an action star. I am not a fan of his movies anyway. Glad I didn’t pay to see it..I would have been upset.

brenda

October 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

Sorry I will not go see it because of Tyler Perry. I would see the movie if almost anyone else way playing Alex Cross. I love James Patterson and the Alex Cross books.

Dodge Carithers

October 22nd, 2012
11:41 am

Typer Perry can improve in all area if he just listen to a few people-he will need to re-create past films that flopped-do a fils based of O.J. Simpson beating the system of killing his wife and her friend Ron Goldman, or-wasn’t it some black folks on the Titanic who told and saw the damn ice berge before the drunk pilots saw it and ran into it and again there to be some black folks in Russia who was in Prison and wanted to get out and come to America just to get a bottle of Coca Cola-but they are in prison because Russian needs rail workers and the young BLACK boys were much stronger than the whites.

RK

October 22nd, 2012
11:44 am

If you actually wasted money to go see this this weekend, I can’t trust your opinion.

Light

October 22nd, 2012
11:58 am

It was an entertaining movie and had a lot of suspense. Tyler Perry did a fine job and can definitely perform other roles besides Madea. I actually wasn’t aware of the movie but a friend invited me to go see it. He told me Tyler Perry was in it and I was curious to see it. I’m glad I did. Congrats Mr. Perry!

Nakishia Bailey

October 22nd, 2012
12:01 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed Alex Cross. I don’t usually go to action thrillers, but I am glad that I went to watch this. Tyler Perry is a great talent. I also appreciated the highlight of Detroit and Chevy and Cadilac.

Billy Lawless

October 22nd, 2012
12:03 pm

Alex Cross is one of my favorite films of this year. Really enjoyed it.

Fortunate1269

October 22nd, 2012
12:10 pm

Here’s the Real…James Patterson is an amazing author and paints a pretty good picture of what and who his characters are. For those of us that read the Alex Cross Series have a pretty good idea of what he’s suppose to look and act like. Tyler Perry is not and never will be an Alex Cross, I could see Will Smith or Denzel Washington in that role but not Tyler Perry. Sorry, won’t even spend the money to go see it…Perry has tagged himself as a man who likes to dress up like a woman and that image is forever burned in my head. Very bad casting decision!

Marlene

October 22nd, 2012
12:24 pm

I think Tyler Perry is refreshing to the screen. He play the role of one of my favorite people, Alex Cross. I hope to see more of him. Keep up the good works Mr. Perry. You have managed to bring some very important issue to light in your previous movies and have done an excellent job playing Alex Cross.

Eric

October 22nd, 2012
12:29 pm

It’s nice to finally read so many positive comments about Tyler Perry, of course there will always be those who hate, but who cares. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK TYLER!

anonymous

October 22nd, 2012
12:31 pm

Spike Lee had this same problem: casting himself in roles not suite for his little a.z.z.

ME

October 22nd, 2012
12:48 pm

Congrads Tyler!!! Continue to NOT let people define you.

classof2010

October 22nd, 2012
12:54 pm

Im not a fan of tyler but this movie was really good. Being an actor myself I just respect tyler perry so much there are some many people that is trying to do what Mr. perry is and is failing at it not because there not getting a lucky break its just there less talented lmao

Wilmington

October 22nd, 2012
12:56 pm

I enjoyed the movie. I wasn’t sure that I would but surprisingly I did. GOOD JOB Tyler Perry!!!!!!!

Donna Brown

October 22nd, 2012
12:58 pm

Saw the movie and absolutely loved it!! It was very action packed and the suspense was awesome!!

M

October 22nd, 2012
1:03 pm

Attention Black People:

Can we PLEASE stop using, “Idris/Denzel would’ve been good in that role,” as our default response whenever a movie comes out with a black male lead that is not one of the aforementioned actors? I think Idris and Denzel are great actors, but they can’t play EVERY role.

I’m not a Tyler fan like per se, but given the fact that the list of credible black male leads in Hollywood is about as long as a rapper’s vocabulary, he’s about as good a ‘Plan B’ as there is out there. And no, I did not see “Alex Cross” this weekend. I saw “Argo” instead, and it was a great movie!