Tyler Perry Says His Movies Can’t Get Into White Neighborhoods
Tyler Perry’s latest flick, “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” was a box office smash after scoring $27.6 million in its debut but the director believes he’s still being discriminated against when it comes to movie theaters.
“I still have issues getting screens in white neighborhoods believe it or not,” he said. “I think the numbers could have been bigger had people who are in the white suburbs had the option to go to their own theaters to see it. It’s something I’ve been dealing with for many many years.”
Perry pointed out that Paramount’s Tom Cruise action sequel, which ultimately settled into second place to the latest “Madea” comedy, opened on far more movie screens. “All I know is, I have 1,500 less screens than ‘Jack Reacher,’” said the filmmaker, who wrote, directed and, of course, starred in “Boo! A Madea Halloween.”
To compare, Cruise’s new flick was shown in 3,780 screens where Madea was only shown in 2,260 movie theaters. Tyler says his next Madea movie will have more “international appeal” despite being shown in less locations.
Do you think Black movies and directors are still discriminated against when it comes to theaters?