Tyler Perry's 'Madea' stuns Tom Hanks' 'Inferno' in box-office upset

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks and Ron Howard's latest Dan Brown adaptation, Inferno, went up in flames at the weekend box office, handing Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween a surprise victory.

Perry's latest Madea movie remained No. 1 for the second straight week, topping the box office with an estimated $16.7 million. That was enough to scare away the third installment of the Da Vinci Code franchise. According to studio estimates Sunday, Inferno bombed with $15 million, about half of what more bullish predictions anticipated.

Inferno could take solace in stronger overseas business. In two weeks of international release, it has earned nearly $150 million. Sony Pictures also stressed that the $75 million budget for Inferno was half that of The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons.

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