Boo! A Madea Halloween

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Boo! A Madea Halloween
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tyler Perry
Produced by
  • Tyler Perry
  • Ozzie Areu
  • Will Areu
Written by Tyler Perry
Music by Elvin Ross
Cinematography Richard Vialet
Edited by Larry Sexton
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date
  • October 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[1][2]
Box office $74.8 million[1]

Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween is a 2016 American comedy horror[3] film directed, written, starring and co-produced by Tyler Perry. The idea for the film originated from a fictitious Madea Halloween movie that was mentioned in Chris Rock's 2014 film Top Five.[4] It is the ninth in the Madea series and the second Madea film (the first is Madea's Witness Protection) to not be adapted from a stage play.

The film was released on October 21, 2016, by Lionsgate, received generally negative reviews, and grossed $74 million, making it the second-highest grossing Madea film. A sequel, titled Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, was released on October 20, 2017.


Jonathan and his fraternity brothers invite Tiffany and her friends Aday, Rain, and Leah to a Halloween party. Tiffany's father Brian ("Uncle Joe" Simmons's son) forbids her from attending, and later is aghast at her sexually forward video chat with Jonathan. That night, Madea (Brian's paternal aunt) and "Aunt Bam" distribute candy to trick-or-treaters, though Bam steals candy back from the children. Joe dresses as a clown to frighten the women, with their friend Hattie as his accomplice. Brian arranges for Madea to stay at his house to prevent Tiffany from attending the party, but Tiffany and Aday invent a ghost story that leads the superstitious adults to hide in the bedrooms. Madea realizes the girls are at the party, so she crashes it but is ejected. Bam shuts the party down by calling the police and reporting the presence of the underage Tiffany. Aday overhears the brothers planning revenge against Madea and her friends. The boys pose as the ghost from Tiffany's story; Madea, Bam, and Hattie flee the house, pursued by brothers and partygoers dressed as zombies. First, Bam is in the bathroom and turns off the hot water tap, but turns back on by itself, then writing appears on the mirror, warning her to leave. Hattie is in the room and turns off the TV, but switches back on by itself. Then she hears the voice of Mr. Wilison and she leaves. All of them hear noises coming from the attic and they argue over who will go check until Madea decides to go. Madea checks it and she knocks out a frat boy dressed as a deranged clown. The ladies go to the car and Joe stays at the house and knocks out the clown. Madea gets a call, asking her to get to church. The car breaks down in the woods and the boys dressed as zombies chase the gang. Madea runs into a church where Aday's parents are ministers; Madea comes to believe the supernatural threats are punishment for her sins, and hopes salvation will protect her. Aday reveals the nature of Jonathan's scheme; Aday, Madea, Hattie, and Bam plan a comeuppance for the fraternity.

Brian confronts Tiffany over her disobedience and disrespect, which is the legacy of lax parenting that Joe passed on to Brian. The older women force the issue; Brian and Tiffany have a frank conversation and Tiffany agrees to follow Brian's rules. Police arrive and arrest Tiffany in connection with Aday's disappearance, the older Rain and Leah are arrested for bringing Tiffany and Aday to the party, and the fraternity brothers are arrested when Aday's murdered corpse is found in their house, with her throat slit. Everyone fights on a prison bus until Aday comes out of the house, revealing that her slit throat was just makeup; the arrests were a prank to punish everyone's misbehavior. Jonathan apologizes. Brian, a federal prosecutor, reveals that the police officers are real, not actors; the police find marijuana in the fraternity house and an officer recognizes Madea; she and the brothers flee as the film ends.



Production on Boo! A Madea Halloween began in mid-January 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia; filming completed within six days.[6] On March 4, 2016, Lionsgate released a teaser trailer for the film,[7] and on July 14, 2016, the official trailer was released, as well as a parody poster of Halloween (1978).[8]


Box office[edit]

Boo! A Madea Halloween grossed $73.2 million in North America and $1.6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $74.8 million, against a production budget of $20 million.[1]

The film was released on October 21, 2016, and opened alongside Ouija: Origin of Evil, Keeping Up with the Joneses and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and was expected to gross $15–17 million from 2,260 theaters in its opening weekend.[9][2] The film grossed $9.4 million on its first day (including $855,000 from Thursday night previews) and an above-expected $27.6 million in its opening weekend, finishing first at the box office and ranking as the fourth-best debut for a Perry film.[10][11] In its second weekend the film grossed $17.2 million (a drop of only 39.6%) and remained first at the box office, despite facing competition with the newcomer Inferno ($14.9 million).[12]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 23% based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Boo! A Madea Halloween won't win Tyler Perry's long-running franchise many new converts – but at nine films and counting, it hardly needs to."[13] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 30 out of 100, based on reviews from 14 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[14] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[15]


Award Category Subject Result
Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress Tyler Perry Nominated
Worst Director Nominated
Worst Screen Combo Nominated
That same old worn out wig Nominated


In May 2017, Lionsgate announced that a sequel, titled Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, would be released on October 20, 2017.[16]


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  10. ^ "'Boo: A Madea Halloween' scares up a win at the box office while 'Jack Reacher' nabs a close second". Los Angeles Times. October 22, 2016. Retrieved October 23, 2016. 
  11. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (October 23, 2016). "'Madea' To Push Well Past $27M As 'Jack Reacher' Takes $22M to $23M; 'Joneses' Can't Keep Up – Sun. AM Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 23, 2016. 
  12. ^ "'Inferno' Takes on the World Series as 'Doctor Strange' Debuts Overseas". Box Office Mojo. 
  13. ^ "Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Boo! A Madea Halloween". Metacritic. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  15. ^ Brad Brevet (October 20, 2016). "Weekend Box Office Forecast: 'Jack Reacher', Madea's 'Boo!' and 'Ouija 2'". Box Office Mojo. 
  16. ^ McNary, Dave (May 26, 2017). "Lionsgate Sets 'Tyler Perry's Boo 2: A Madea Halloween' for October". Variety. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 

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