Alex Cross, Rob Cohen’s widely panned crime thriller starring Tyler Perry in the title role, scored a disappointing $11.75m at 2,539 North American locations this weekend, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That’s about $3-4m less than some had been predicting this past week. (Photo: Alex Cross Tyler Perry.)
If estimates hold, the Summit Entertainment-released Alex Cross had (or rather, is having) the worst opening weekend ever for a movie featuring Tyler Perry — quite a bit below the previous bottom-record holder Good Deeds‘ $15.58m last February. Adjusted for inflation (to better reflect ticket sales), Alex Cross opened even lower than the Perry-directed Daddy’s Little Girls, which debuted with $11.2m — or approximately $13m adjusted — at 2,111 venues in February 2007.
To date, only two Tyler Perry vehicles have opened below $20m at the domestic box office: the aforementioned Good Deeds and The Family That Preys ($17.38m, or approx. $19.4m adjusted). Alex Cross, which has a 0% approval rating and a 3.5/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics, is the first to open below the $15m mark.
Alex Cross: ‘New’ Tyler Perry fails to lure fans
Alex Cross‘ failure is particularly notable for two reasons: it’s a radical artistic departure for Perry — a crime thriller universes away from his formulaic, religious-tinted comedies for Lionsgate — and it’s a much costlier production than the usual Tyler Perry movies: $35m, not including marketing and distribution expenses.
It’ll be an uphill climb for Alex Cross to match its production costs at the box office; to recover them, it’ll be impossible (not taking into account ancillary revenues). And since Perry has no international following, Alex Cross has no chance of being rescued by the international market.
Alex Cross cast
Besides Tyler Perry, the Alex Cross cast includes Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Giancarlo Esposito, Jean Reno, Rachel Nichols, and veteran Cicely Tyson. Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson were credited for the adaptation of James Patterson’s novel Cross.
Also worth noting is that Morgan Freeman played Dr. Alex Cross in two successful movies in North America: Kiss the Girls (1997), which grossed $60.52m (approx. $106m adjusted), and Along Came a Spider (2001), which took in $74.07m (approx. $105m adjusted).
Alex Cross Tyler Perry photo: Summit Entertainment.