Director, playwright, and actor Tyler Perry is celebrating the #1 box office success of his latest movie, 'Boo! A Madea Halloween'. The holiday film edged out Tom Cruise's 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' with ticket sales of $17.6 million.
But Perry regrets his struggles to reach white audiences with his hit movies.
"I still have issues getting screens in white neighborhoods believe it or not," Perry told The Wrap.
The 47-year-old Louisiana native said he thinks "Boo!" would have done better if the movie was in more theaters in white neighborhoods.
"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," he sighed.
Perry suggests there might be a Hollywood conspiracy to sabotage his success.
"All I know is, I have 1,500 less screens than 'Jack Reacher,'" Perry said.
Perry's 'Boo! A Madea Halloween' drew 30% more white viewers than any of his previous movies.
Though Perry yearns for more white viewers, he's careful not to alienate his loyal and faithful base.
In a mass email sent out on Tuesday, titled "YOU DID IT AGAIN!", Perry wrote:
#1 Movie in America!! Thank you so much. You have no idea what this means to me and my team!! My prayer for you is that everything you've done for me, my family and my business comes back to you one hundred times over. God Bless and thank you so much!!"
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