Tyler Perry beats Tom Cruise at the US box office


Tyler Perry has managed to beat the star power of Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise at the box office.

The star's Boo! A Madea Halloween opened in the top spot in America with an estimated $27.6 million (£22.5 million), edging Tom's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back into second place.

Actor Tom Cruise listens to a reporter's question during a press conference for his new movie
Tom Cruise (Lee Jin-man/AP)

It's the third best opening for a Madea movie, behind Madea Goes To Jail and Madea's Family Reunion, and a sign of the character's longstanding appeal to audiences.

Meanwhile, Tom's film took in $23 million (£18.8 million) for Paramount Pictures.

It's a far cry from the actor's successes with the Mission: Impossible movies, but it did do significantly better than the first Jack Reacher, which opened right before Christmas in 2012 to $15.2 million (£12.4 million).

Coming in third this weekend was the horror prequel Ouija: Origin Of Evil.