The final film of Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise, A Madea Family Funeral, brought in a whopping $1.1M during its preview night, more than any other film of the series, according to Deadline.
Madea’s swan song bumped Boo! A Madea Halloween down to second place ($855K) and even surpassed Perry’s 2018 film Acrimony starring Taraji P. Henson ($1M). The comedy is projected to earn from $17M to $21M opening weekend.
Perry originally planned to kill off the sharp-tongued matriarch, but decided against it, telling TODAY, “She doesn’t die. She’s a family member… to a lot of people. You can’t kill off a family member.”
He did confirm, however, that this will be her final appearance in a Tyler Perry Production.
“Listen, I’m turning 50 this year, I don’t want to be her age playing her, OK?” he told anchors Hoda Kotb and Craig Melvin Wednesday. “It’s been a great run, the franchise has been amazing, and it’s done a lot of things for a lot of people, I think it’s time.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.