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Weekend B.O. March 29-31 (How Did 'Temptation' Do?)

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by Sergio
March 31, 2013 12:35 PM
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Of course, as excepted G.I. Joe: Retaliation was No.1 this weekend, though not as big as some analysts expected. And The Croods, not surprisingly, after a strong opening last week, held on to the No. 2 slot.

The Host (not to be confused with the terrific 2006 Korean sci-fi monster film of the same name), which is based on an early book by Stephanie Meyer who wrote the Twilight novels, opened surprisingly weak, considering that the belief that the whole Twilight/Meyer connection was going to pull people in.

And Spring Breakers (AKA Former Disney Channel Girls Go Naked and Wild on a Crime Spree) continues to be the surprise B.O. indie film hit so far this year, well outperforming expectations.

But of course, what we really want to know is how Tyler Perry’s Temptation did this weekend. It came in third with $22.3 million which is pretty much average for a weekend opening tally for his films, all things considered.

He's had films that have opened bigger. For example, Madea Goes to Jail still holds the all-time biggest opening ever for a Tyler Perry movie, with $41 million, Madea’s Family Reunion opened with over $30 million, and Why Did I Get Married Too opened with $29 million, to name a few.

But he also has had several films that opened much lower. Daddy’s Little Girls still has the lowest weekend opening with $11.2 million, and last year’s Good Deeds opened with $15.6 million.

So the opening take for Temptation is right around his usual $21-22 million average. The question is, though, what will happen next weekend?

Typically his films tend to drop off big because, 1) most of the people who want to see his films go out to see it the first weekend, and 2) negative word of mouth.

And the word of mouth for Temptation, at least from people that I know who have seen it, is that it isn’t good at all. And from what I understand, it’s dull and there’s a big plot twist (NO SPOILERS and you shouldn't spoil it either in the comments section) which not only sounds, to me, rather pretty cruel, but so far, has been met with derision. So that could also possibly turn people off.

And by the way, that reminds me, what happened to all those black women who were upset last year, who said that they were going to boycott the film because he cast Kimmy Kakes in the film, instead of a black actress? So angry in fact that Perry had to issue a public statement on why he cast her in the film saying that: "Millions of young people adore her and are following her every move (and) because I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn't (she) be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God? What is wrong with that?"

I guess that was good enough for a lot of those people who were mad at him.

1) G.I. Joe: Retaliation Par. $41,200,000 Total: $51,707,000
2) The Croods Fox $26,500,000 Total:$88,618,000
3) Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor LGF $22,300,000
4) Olympus Has Fallen FD $14,000,000 Total:$54,743,000
5) Oz The Great and Powerful BV $11,605,000 Total:$198,278,000
6) The Host  ORF $11,002,000
7) The Call TriS $4,800,000 Total: $39,480,000
8) Admission Focus $3,253,000 Total: $11,759,000
9) Spring Breakers A24 $2,758,000 Total: $10,100,000
10) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone WB $1,300,000 Total: $20,580,000
11) Identity Thief Uni. $1,093,000 Total: $129,911,000
12) Jack the Giant Slayer WB (NL) $965,000 Total: $61,332,000
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54 Comments

  • Justin Hardman | August 2, 2013 12:34 AMReply

    This movie is a racist movie. It has nothing but negative portrayals of white people. Indirectly putting a negative spin on white folks.

  • cyan | July 28, 2013 12:19 PMReply

    call +2348143988536

  • pauln | July 28, 2013 12:17 PMReply

    fun

  • blackandmild | April 3, 2013 9:21 AMReply

    It's so interesting how Tyler Perry has this blog shook. The writers here obviously despise his work but are constantly speculating about his alleged projections, movies, fans, etc. I mean it's blatantly obvious they hoped Temptation would flop at the box office. And as usual, Tyler soared once again. From the way most posters respond to every TP topic on this blog you would think he killed their dog. I don't care for TP movies but it seems like the hatred he receives drives his fan base to support him more. I say good luck to the brother. I won't be wasting my money on any of his movies but it's nice to see him stomp on his detractors every time.

  • CC | April 3, 2013 2:54 PM

    Excellent point Black & Mild. I've often wondered what's behind their "spirited" dislike of his work? I mean, although I am not a psychologist, I have an opinion on what's driving their vengeance.

    Of course there are several options. 1. Many are wannabe filmmakers who misguidedly (and maybe unconsciously) blame their lackluster careers on Mr. Perry.

    2. Some are your typical garden variety haters. They can always be found in the middle of mess. Seldom, if ever, will they have a pleasant word to say about anyone who may be perceived as doing better than them. If someone is "shinning" they're there to throw dirt.

    3. Some are what's commonly called "fence-straddlers". Whatever the popular "voice" is saying at any particular place and time, there they are, singing the same tune.

    4. Then there's snobs. They exhibit the traits of all the above, with a severe case of fake and phoniness thrown in. They're all about image and worrying about what others are saying and doing. They may not have a dime in their pockets, but they'd love for other to believe they're all that. One cheap way to receive such praise is carrying the Wall Street Journal (just carry it, not read it) and speak ill of works by Tyler Perry.

    5. Some are card carrying members of the blue contact lens crowd. I know I don't have to explain what drives them?

    So there you have it. From the way most posters respond to every TP topic on this blog you would think he killed their dog... or... options 1 thru 5.

  • Danny | April 1, 2013 7:48 PMReply

    I don't get the hate Shadow & Act have for Tyler Perry every black director is an individual he's doing his thing. Is it Tyler's problem that other black directors can't target their market and make MONEY. Yes, it is all about MONEY because Hollywood is a business. There are indie black directors sure, but they aren't pulling in the big numbers and box office like Tyler Perry can. Instead of people complaining about Tyler why don't they think a bit deeper and ask the question, why don't those black millionaires in Hollywood DO MORE? Perry owns his own studio and he's serving a market that is underserved because Hollywood doesn't care to reach minorities unless it is some depressing drama like the Jackie Robinson story. No offense to Jackie Robinson fans so TIRED of black movies focusing on RACISM. Boring! We need more films like Temptation which focus on sexuality and sex. It was a brave attempt on Tyler's part to expand his brand. I hope the Zane's film does well there is more to the black experience than just suffering.

  • CareyCarey | April 1, 2013 7:34 PMReply

    **Open Letter To Sergio Mims: An Apology**

    With Easter being a big deal in my family, I didn't have time to check my e-mail, but today (5:00PM), upon viewing my mail, I noticed a letter from you. Of course it gave me great concerns because it appears I've committed a severe injustice.

    Apparently I said something on the board that painted you as the lowest of low creatures. That was never my intent nor was I implying such. However, I realize perception IS -- for the most part -- reality. Consequently, my intent may be far removed from what others may have discerned from my words. Therefore I sincerely apologize for any harm I may have caused you. You've never given me any reason to believe you're not an honorable man who would never harm a child.

    For those who may not have read my comments and those that did, I present the following exchange:

    MY WORDS: "But Sergio, come on man, tell me it ain't so? Looking at those pouting ruby red lips, smooth luscious brown skin and sensual gaze, you mean to tell me you'd kick her out of your bed? Nawl man, you ain't tellin' the whole story."

    I can't help but believe an old player like you would rock that cradle. Shiiiiit, I know I'd put on my best pimp-stroll and invite her to my humble abode. I'd even order a pizza and rent an XBox 360 to make her feel right at home.

    But Sergio, come on, tell us the "right" story. Play it to the end. Tell us how at first you'd be hesitant to make your move because she reminded you of your great-great-great granddaughter... but temptation got the best of you, leading you to breaking out your best old school player lines. I can hear you now...

    If I was your girlfriend, would u remember 2 tell me all the things u forgot to tell your man?
    Hey, if I was your man or your best friend, would u let me take care of u and do all the things that only a real man can? If I was your girlfriend, boyfriend or man, would u let me dress u, I mean, help u pick out your clothes before we go out? Not that you're helpless, but sometimes, sometimes, those are the things that being in loves about. Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be, if only for one night. Please! (I had to throw a little Luther in there)

    So Sergio, is that in you? I"m sure it is, so stop frontin". :-)

    SERGIO's reply, MARCH 16, 2013 4:32 PM

    "I can"t help but believe an old player like you would rock that cradle" That's a very perverse comment. That's implying some sort of improper relationship with an underage young girl. UGH! No. I have absolutely NO interest in rocking any cradle or "kicking someone out of bed" I've always hated that expression anyway. Smollett is too young, not worldly enough and not unbelievable for any kind of of "smoldering" sexy role."

    Blutopaz joined in: "Agreeing with Sergio--Carey that comment has serious Chester implications, not cool. And "pimp stroll?" You sound like one of those nasty old men who hang out in front of the number running joint." ewww.

    So Sergio, apparently Ms. Blutopaz read what you read, so again, I am sorry and please accept my apology.

  • Wut | April 2, 2013 7:37 PM

    But you went ahead, puckered dem lips, and apologized, right?

  • CC | April 2, 2013 2:40 PM

    Well Mr. Nut-Wut-Fart-Fu*k or whatever name you're using today, you're a prime example of why some colored folks die from lack of knowledge. They talk out of their ass about things they know nothing about.

    I didn't have to kiss any ring. In fact, my decision to throw Sergio a bone was at the request of my lady. She asked Sergio's age and I said I didn't know but he had to close to 95. Then she said "poor ol'man, you must have hurt his feelings". I told her I did nothing of the sort, he hurt his own feeling by making up something that never happened. After I told her he was a gossip columnist who writes for Ebony, she understood. In fact, she said "Oh, he's just stirring a big pot of gumbo to see what grabs are in the barrel, huh?" EXACTLY", I said. And another fact is Sergio and I have had a few "discussions" in the back lot. I asked him where did he get the idea that I called him a pedophile? Well, he never could produce the quote (said he erased it (yeeeah riiiiiight), but said it was more in my words of "Rocking the cradle". WHAT? I said, "you know as well as I that phrase is used to describe a relationship between two individuals in which one is much older than the other, and one does not necessarily have to be below legal age. AND, it's generally not perceived as a negative connotation. But again, from your viewpoint that's how YOU took it (as a bad thing). That reminds me, as much as you and I speak in tongue & cheek , it's interesting that you are now accusing me of actually calling you a pedophile. Come on Sergio, I'd expect that from one of the many 'haters' on the board, but not you."

    Anyway WUT Nutt-Poot-Shoot, today I added the additional comments so I wouldn't make a bad hustler out of Mr. Mims. I had to let him know that all closed eyes were not asleep and he was not getting away with ANYTHING.

    In short, you can fool some of the people some of the time but....

  • Wut | April 2, 2013 12:10 PM

    All those people already posted their comments. No point to your reporting them & adding a song lyric. Let it go. You pissed Sergio off & had to kiss the ring. Leave well enough aloooooone.

  • CC | April 2, 2013 6:32 AM

    OTHER THOUGHTS:

    "Really Sergio, really... she's 26 and very sexy."

    TAZ: "CAREYCAREY - come back! Don't leave just when I take a break from working like a hebrew slave. First and foremost, I don't know how you could have spoken to these folks who did not stop their madness and bow to the genius that is vintage Prince! And you just went straight into Luther? I was howling with laughter and now I got to get my Ipod."

    SERGIO: "And I still think that Smollett is still terribly miscast in the film. I still think of her as that child actress in Eve's Bayou. I want to say why didn't get an ADULT actress for the role? When I think of Smollett I don't think "sexy" I think "Sure I like to buy a box of your Girl Scout cookies" ~Sergio

    MAWON | MARCH 18, 2013 10:13 AM:
    "....this is such a non-issue. She's a grown ass woman. Just because you, Sergio, can't get pass your image of her in Eve's Bayou, she's supposed to stay in demure roles to protect her fragile innocence? That's pretty paternalistic and sexist."

    AKIMBO | MARCH 17, 2013 10:58 A.M. "Dialogue is weak as usual, but Jurnee Smollett sure is acting the hell out of it. Can't tell if it's going to be a valiant effort on her part or just comical. That "he just lit my soul on fire" face she made would have been perfect if the guy had actually said something sexier than "I dream about you."

    NADELL | MARCH 17, 2013 7:14 PM "Totally agree. Smollett is my favorite actress; she has the caliber of some veterans who have been in the industry 40+ years [...] I am extremely excited for her leading role - and a grown woman role..."

    Bonnie Raitt:
    Morning will come and I'll do what's right
    Just give me till then to give up this fight
    And I will give up this fight, Cause I can't make you love me if you don't
    You can't make your heart feel something it won't

  • ScriptTease | April 1, 2013 3:28 PMReply

    I am a fan of TP stage plays, but not a big fan of his movies, with the exception of For Colored Girls and Why Did I get Married #1. Like it or not, TP movies seem to be the only movies black folk can see themselves in on a regular basis. I'm an aspiring Screenwriter trying to make it in this business, and it's as hard as I've been told. Entering competitions with no luck, but I did advance to quarter-finals with Scriptapalooza 2012, and received some promising reviews.... but I digress. Any who, IMO, TP tries to do way too much, perhaps out of selfishness, or maybe he has the mentality if you want it done right do it yourself, who knows. It sure would be nice if he could perhaps check out some other Aspiring Screenwriters, and make their dreams come true.

    #wanted:agent

  • ALM | April 1, 2013 7:03 PM

    Congrats on Scriptapalooza! Build on that encouragement, and keep going. Keep pushing, no matter what anyone says.

  • dee | April 1, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    The movie was pretty good. There were some inconsistency with the character choices and plot.
    Like, how can the husband be more attractive then the temptation - I wouldn't have never left Lance Gross character for the other guy (who I don't remember his name).

  • scripttease | April 3, 2013 3:11 PM

    I have not seen the movie, but Tyler Perry IMO, never seems to match the characters correctly.

  • ALM | April 1, 2013 7:04 PM

    See Dee, I have been saying the same thing. Who in their right mind is going to cheat on Lance Gross with that newcomer guy?

  • brandy | April 1, 2013 11:49 AMReply

    the movie was slow, the lead guy was not the most attractive, Jurnee Smollett is cute and played her part well, and Kim K, really spiced it up, she is not the best actress, but definitely eye candy for the guys who were drug to the movie by their dates. I liked the movie, and the ending was a surprise to me, keep the movies coming TP, they are enjoyable

  • FactChecker | April 1, 2013 12:19 AMReply

    Sergio, you say what happened to black women who said they were going to boycott. Who says they didn't? Based on the numbers, and the cost of the film, which was only $20 mil., TP broke even with a little change leftover. ... Kim K. neither helped nor hurt the film. It was TP Trash as usual. ...And I agree with Lauren.

  • sosgemini | April 1, 2013 11:30 AM

    FYI: The marketing of a film is usually double the budget. Not sure if that's standard for a TP film's since he does his own thang (for better and for worse).

  • Johnnie MD | March 31, 2013 11:49 PMReply

    I have seen Temptation and it was quite predictable. What is this plot twist you speak of?

  • CareyCarey | April 1, 2013 10:53 AM

    Johnnie MD, as I mentioned (below) I saw the movie with my lady and sister. So, because I anticipated running my mouth (giving my assessment) I asked both of them to give me 2 words to describe the film - from their perspectives. Well, since they're not jibber-jabbers like me, one said is was basically "entertaining" and the other said... "predictable". Of course I instantly fired up my motor mouth.

    Predictable? How could anyone say they knew what would happen?

    Listen (and we're NOT going to give away ANYTHING) but think about it, Jurnee Smollett's character COULD HAVE made several decisions throughout the film, which in essence would have changed the entire movie. The same can be said about Gross's character AND the businessman, each had the opportunity to change the entire dynamics of the film. And surely you're not implying the last 15 minutes were "predictable"?

    Granted, after reading the response of Tyler's sneak preview guests (church pastors) it's a given there would be a Big-Bang-Message, but again, predictable, how so?

    In fact, as we were watching the movie, each of us was writing our own screenplay (whispering back and forth), no one got it right. One said, since Tyler is the king of super-duper melodrama, Brice (Lance) and Melinda (Brandy) were going to hookup... and they did... to a degree *wink*. But, predictable?

  • CareyCarey | March 31, 2013 9:50 PMReply

    Okay, it's official, Lance Gross is the crummiest black actor on this earth and Tyler got my $13.50. I mean, I couldn't think of a better word to describe Lance's acting and I paid my money, so I couldn't walk out. So I guess it's time to eat a little crow.

    When Kim K's acting, and presence, is arguable the highlight of the film, I might fix my mouth to say... "CRAPPOLA". That's right, I said it, this movie was brutal. I'm serious, I suffered through the first 45 minutes. If I was not with my lady and my sister, I would have been outta there.

    Speaking of my sister, when we were kids living in our parent's home, we used play games in the attic. Well, while we were watching the movie, she glanced over at me with a look of "seriously... did that actor just do that... and say THAT?". Then she said "we could have wrote this... UP IN THE ATTIC" *lol*

    Listen, I understand melodrama, it is what it is and it has its place, but lord have mercy, Tyler laid it on to the 10th degree. I'm tellin' ya, Lance even cried 3 times! But wait, I'm not through swallowing my crow.

    Now I'm not hating on ol'girl, but I have to jump in Sergio's ride. After further investigation, Jurnee Smollet is not what I'd call sensually delicious. I mean, she's an attractive woman by many standards but... ah... well... I'll let Joe Tex speak on it: "Say man, don't walk ahead of that woman like she don't belong to you just 'cause hers got them little skinny legs. And baby, don't you worry about a doggone thing at all because there's some man, somewhere who'll take you baby, skinny legs and all"

    And baby don't have NO BACK.

    Not to mention that creepy looking dude she was creepin' with. Where in the heck did Tyler get that guy? I mean, I'm a dude so I asked my sister if he was attractive, she said "HELL NO! He looks like one of those flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz, and his pick-up lines were weeeeeeak."

    Anyway, as I said, I could, if forced, fix my mouth to call this film a piece of crap, but I can't, and won't. In stead I'll say one man's treasure is another man's garbage. No, wait, I'm serious about this. The visitor Marsha said exactly what I'm thinking-->.... "there is [a] segment of people who aren't necessarily film junkies like most of the people who read this site [ ... ] There are still a lot of people - especially senior citizens - who don't go to the theater to see a specific movie, but rather any film that happens to be the next film showing in the theater. A lot of those people might simply pick Tyler Perry movies if its the next film showing in the theater. You have to recognize that there are so many film options these days and not everyone puts that much thought into what they see. My 70-year-old mother and her friends are like that. And, my sister is a religious type and loves all his movies and plays."

    So folks, who do we think we are to call a film "crap"? Truth is, a whole lotta somebodies will take the girl with the skinny legs ;-)

    Btw, the last 15 minutes was this film's saving grace.

  • LOL | April 1, 2013 11:07 AM

    Yeah, apologize, you buffoon. None of that chickenshit "sorry if you were offended" stuff either. Try not to be worthless for once in your pathetic life.

  • CareyCarey | April 1, 2013 9:33 AM

    *LOL*... I have to admit, "Bonjangles" was a nice volley.

    @Leon, that's a damn good question.

    First, to clarify my position, I am not a "TP fan" per se, I am a movie enthuiest to the 12 degree. So when the tight pants crowd ( aka, wannabes, snobs, arm-chair psychologist, negros looking through blue lens glasses, Fake Jakes) give their assessments of Tyler Perry, there's seldom any "balance". It's as if they're the Bizarro of The 3 Monkeys. They hear ALL the evil, see all the evil and speak ALL the alleged evils in the man and his films. Consequently, because I refuse to participant in that circle jerk, I've been misrepresented as a "TP fan". Again, I believe "balance" is the key, if not, a "conversation"/assessment tends to have the smell of garden variety hate.

    Now, to your question "Was there any moments in the film in which you can say - "oh yeah", TP's style is much better than before, so it balances out"

    Well Leon, like most successful directors/producers, their "style" is their calling card, aka bread & butter, so it wouldn't behoove them to deviate from that. And, your question seems to be a little "back-door-ish". I mean, you're asking me to compare "moments" in this film to moments in his previous films, as if I could, or would use this movie as a testament to him moving "forward". Surely you can understand why I will not do that. I will say I've enjoyed many elements-aspects-moments in all of his films... including this one.

  • Carl | April 1, 2013 1:09 AM

    @AMOS AND ANDY FANATIC...LOL @ "Bojangles"!

  • Leonraymond | April 1, 2013 12:29 AM

    @CAREYCAREY -was there (and this question is for TP fans) any moment in the film in which you can say oh yeah TP'S style is much better than before so it balances out?

  • Amos and Andy fanatic | March 31, 2013 11:57 PM

    Glad to see you coming to your senses, Bojangles. Tyler's movies are garbage by any standard.

  • Stacy | March 31, 2013 7:50 PMReply

    Will Packer and Tyler Perry are doing up big in Hollywood. It's nice to see two black smart man playing Hollywood by there own game. Not a fan of some of Tyler work but he is one hell of a nice guy so unlike some bitter people on the site I am just going to congrats to another sucesse. Looking forward to 42 on April 12.

    Also happy the Call is still doing well. It was fun for what it was. Also looking forward to the evil dead movie.

  • GB | April 1, 2013 10:37 AM

    Criticizing a film for being a lot of the same ol', same ol' ≠ bitter. But kudos to you for not calling everyone "haters".

  • Truth | March 31, 2013 10:06 PM

    This was truly a stupid comment plus you need to learn to spell.

  • Roger Frankie Lemon | March 31, 2013 7:43 PMReply

    The Disney girls don't get naked in Spring Breakers, only Rachel Korine does.

  • Cam | March 31, 2013 6:08 PMReply

    Who in there right mind thought Temptation was not going to be a hit. This is Tyler Perry not spike Lee. I will be shocked if Tyler don't top Forbes list this year yet again. He is in fire like it or not.

  • Nadia | March 31, 2013 7:15 PM

    Damn Curtis, how many different names are you going to use? Stop it.

  • Seth Jones | March 31, 2013 5:08 PMReply

    Another Great weekend for Blacks in Hollywood. First the wyans had 40 million hit off a 3 million budget film. Berry's The Call looks to make 50 million on a 13 million buidget making it her first boxoffice hit in years. Antwan Fuqua Olympus Has Fallen looks to be his highest grosser to date. Tyler Perry just got 1 of 3 hits to be this year. Next is 42. Lets see if we will support our history.

  • Stacy | March 31, 2013 7:54 PM

    I think Perry might have 4 hits this year. Singles Moms Club is coming out or did he move that to 2014.

  • lauren | March 31, 2013 4:41 PMReply

    His movies are crap but a lot of people like crap. He's a rich man who owes his success to knowing his audience's taste for the empty calories of his trans fat films.

  • Bondgirl | March 31, 2013 10:11 PM

    @Lauren: Oh please girl, you know you're eating Mc Donald's Fish Bites while you're typing this. You like it gutter too. Stop perpetrating.

  • jasmine | March 31, 2013 7:27 PM

    I don't like crap.

  • Nadia | March 31, 2013 7:09 PM

    +3

  • Bee | March 31, 2013 5:57 PM

    Truth, right here. You are exactly right.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | March 31, 2013 5:39 PM

    +1

  • kerry | March 31, 2013 4:41 PMReply

    Sergio you asked 3 questions on Friday and you got your answer today.

    1. When TP fans show up to a movie without TP in it.

    Hell yes they will. As you stated yourself Temptation opening to about 23 million. That is around the avg that a tp film opens to. However this is the first Tyler Perry movie to open in the 20s million range that he is not in. This is also his 10th film to open in the 20s range out of 14 films. Not a bad record.

    2. Will Kim K hurt the boxoffice

    Hell no. If anything her fine ass made more man see the movie. Smart move on TP even though she can not act. But she was eye candy.

    3. Will the change in tone turn some fans off.
    Hell no. History has shown us that when a TP film is based on his play it opens well. No matter if its drama or comedy. TP fans seems to don't care. Remember FCG opened to 19 million and that films was Rated R.

    So all in all if Temptation drop like most Tyler perry films in the coming weeks it will still make around 45- 50 million. That is the total range for most TP films. With a budget less than 20 million the film is already in the green.

  • sergio | March 31, 2013 4:58 PM

    That wasn't me that was Tambay who wrote Friday's article

  • Curtis20 | March 31, 2013 3:51 PMReply

    Another Hit for Tyler Perry and an A- Cinamascore. LOL at that article that was written 2 days ago a out will his fans show up. You got your answer. Temptation should make about 45-50 million. Peeples should make about 35 million and A Madea Xmas will make around 65-70 million. In others words this will be a great year for Tyler. I wonder how much Spike Lees old boy will make lol.

  • Nadia | March 31, 2013 7:13 PM

    What's with these repeated stupid comparisons to Spike Lee? 2 completely different filmmakers. One who actually cares about filmmaking, and who clearly doesn't give a damn, and only about making money. Yep, good for Tyler Perry and all the money he's making. But so what? He's still a bad filmmaker, and he still wants to be recognized as a good filmmaker. That'll never happen unless he actually invests in filmmaking as art. Not just commerce. He'll be forever holding Spike Lee's jockstrap when it comes to pure skill, which he doesn't have. So, go'head and make that money, if that's all it's about for him, which it isn't. And if it really is, sad.

  • Fellow Tyler Perry Stan | March 31, 2013 6:04 PM

    Curtis...that was my point. WE, the mindless TP stans like you and me who hold his jock strap, will give him a positive review just because its Tyler. You know that! lol The critics who matter however, this film will be forgotten in two months while the more important films come out for summer.

    But hey, us Tyler stans will still be happy with his crappy product because that's all we look for so REJOICE!!

  • Captain Metropolis | March 31, 2013 5:42 PM

    Actually, critics ARE paying to see the film, since Tyler Perry refuses to let the press see his movies in advance. (With the notable exception of "For Colored Girls," which he mistakenly believed would be Oscar-bait.) So I'd say critics have more than their usual right to speak up with their opinion on the film, since they are all members of the ticket-buying public.

  • CURTIS20 | March 31, 2013 4:25 PM

    Fellow Tyler Perry Stan

    Critics don't mean shit when it comes to boxoffice because they are not the ones paying for the film. When your Fanbase is as huge as Tylers that is all the support you need. Yes critics trashed the film yet the people who saw the film had another view of the film. If you also look at Rotten Tomatoes to the right of the critics score you will see that it has an score of 76 from movie goers and an A- Cinamascore. Now you tell me what score do Tyler Perry care about more. The Critics who he don't even let see his films and his fans who made him the rich man he is today.

  • Fellow Tyler Perry Stan | March 31, 2013 4:09 PM

    Really? Rotten Tomatoes has it at a whopping 16% not counting Tyler Stans like you and me! These numbers are average for him meaning only us STANS really support him. So don't suck him off so quickly Curtis.

  • J | March 31, 2013 3:13 PMReply

    Word of mouth is that the film should have not been named "Temptation" if it was going to be PG. A lot of loop holes in the film that had people laughing when it was suppose to be serious. I believe Perry needs to start making quality films over a quantity of films. I supported him thus far, but now it is time for him to step up and make a great movie with depth and substance. I will wait for this one to come out on BET!

  • JMS | March 31, 2013 2:33 PMReply

    I like the film and think the ending is more true to life than the make believe that we see over and over. I'm not a fan of his Madea films so this is a welcomed change. Go see it!

  • Fellow Tyler Perry Stan | March 31, 2013 2:14 PMReply

    But one of my fellow Tyler stans said its on track to make $45 million this weekend! Lies! Lies! Tyler made more than that! God damn it in Jesus name!

  • getthesenets | March 31, 2013 1:36 PMReply

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Temptation is going to be TP's highest grosser outside of US market.

    In fact, that seems to have been the only reason that kim k was cast.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | March 31, 2013 1:33 PMReply

    Does the "twist" really count as a twist, though?

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