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Because movies are both strange and wonderful, this weekend’s box office is an incredibly tight race between the eleventh Madea film from Tyler Perry and an animated children’s starring a main character voiced by Jay Baruchel that’s only gotten increasingly and uncomfortably hotter over the years. Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral snagged $9.2 million in its first Friday night, headed toward an above-expectations $25-26 million opening weekend. This would put Family Funeral toward the upper half of the Madea openings—it wouldn’t touch Madea Goes to Jail’s $41 million debut in 2016, though—but it also puts it in a neck-and-neck competition with How to Train Your Dragon: The Lost World, which is on track for a $25-27 million second weekend after nabbing $6.5 million on Friday night.
A Madea Family Funeral is a farewell for Perry’s long-running Madea Simmons character, who debuted on-stage in 1999’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself and then on film in 2005 with Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The film—which also sees Perry portray three other characters, as usual—sees a...
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