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:

"Hey Guys,
#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!!"

Photo by Splash News

  • darealwifey

    It's okay if some of our successes don't draw people of other races. Most Hollywood movies are not made to appeal to Black people's interests, tastes or culture, and I think it's okay if some movies appeal primarily to black people.

  • Jen_n_juice

    Congrats Tyler #StayBlack #AllIGot

  • Incog-knee-gress

    All I know is, I have 1,500 less screens than ‘Jack Reacher,'” Perry said.
    ^ ^^^^
    Someone cue Bryson Tiller for me. If I know that it's based on the movie budget as to how many screens you are allocated (bigger budget productions are granted more bc they have more money to recoup), surely you know this Tyler. I'm glad you got number 1. But stop this now. Your low budget ass movie simply didn't qualify for the additional 1500 screens.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Tyler fugg folks ... Love you... Got no more for shyt on shyt .... Fugg everyone ... Thee end rant ... Fugg folks and their opinions .. Keep giving .... Fugg any naysayer to me as well ...fugg ya ...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Fugg folks keep giving ..

  • Tea??

    That's his problem. We've been supporting him all these years he got his start because old black church going women would support his madea plays and then went to see those horrible movies. That must not be good enough for him if he's crying about the white audience smh

  • NegroDamus

    i aint went to the movies to see naythin since birth of a nation. the only movie thats gone get me to the theaters in the near future is Dr.Strange and Star Wars Rogue One...unless the fam go out on pre-indian slaughter meal day.

  • Nancy Drew Wants U 2 Fall Back

    Well fugg you too Jenie! LOL!!!

    (Hey Boo! :smooches:)

  • Nancy Drew Wants U 2 Fall Back

    pre-indian slaughter meal day
    ____________________

    hate you. LMAO!!!!

  • A D N

    It's a culture issue, not race. Duh, Tyler Perry!

  • Cares4uWishElectionwasover

    Admiring this and steals it.

    FUGG FOLKS THE END

    LOVE IT

  • Sonny Johnson

    It's obvious he wants to expand his audience, but why continue making those shitty movies

  • A D N

    I go to the movies once a year...Christmas...

  • 100milesperhour

    He lives on a compound...all w/o white consumerism. He's doing pretty well considering the black audience mainly got him there. And this big pie face got the nerve to be ungrateful? Whites aren't interested in his brand of humor. You ain't Martin.

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’ 2 : Electric Boogaloo

    Goes to show the power of Black dollars?? Without us, there would be no them,,,Doesn't mean they owe us anything outside of entertaining us with their work, but,,,It would be nice if more of them recognized us! You don't have to lose your sponsors, you don't have to alienate your fans, but damnitt if you don't acknowledge the fact that without us, there'd be no you-Career wise. Black dollars matter, Black Lives Matter,,,We are a driving force of this ass backwards Country! Together,,,Together we could rule this bitch! Yes I'm talking to you @Sandra.

    United we stand, divided we bow to the Orange man??? #Barz

  • Nancy Drew Wants U 2 Fall Back

    Did 'they' turn out for Alex Cross? :shrug:

  • NegroDamus

    i cant get that picture of the indians and pilgrims breaking bread outta my mind + knowing what they did to them afterwards makes me cringe.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    1500 less screens and still killed it at the box office. If folks want to see your movie, they'll make sure they see it.

  • Renee26

    Perry’s ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ drew 30% more white viewers than any of his previous movies.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Soooo I guess the ticket takers were asking patrons to self identify their race at the ticket counter...GTFOH

  • MookieFly

    Did anyone here actually see the movie?

  • NegroDamus

    We gone see how they really feel about us when Marvel's Black Panther drops. If it doesn't top out close to a billion, you'll know why.

  • NegroDamus

    im not even checking for it online cuz the previews were corny

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    It amazes me that he even has a Black audience but if it works don't sweat it.

  • Nancy Drew Wants U 2 Fall Back

    The.
    End.

    Count your blessings, TP.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I do think Tyler's new movie could have filled an additional 1500 theaters and he should have been given the opportunity to do so. He's not the only one in Hollywood who makes low budget movies and white folks aren't so high brow that they can't enjoy is brand of entertainment.

  • iWasteTime

    I don't see it as he's being ungrateful but he is putting his community on to what happens. He is 10 plus movies and shows in. Why would his movie be in 1500 less theaters? Is this the same for all OUR Movies? Then they turn around and say the movies don't make any money at the box offices and the roles, scripts and production dwindles. He makes all his movies a lot of black film makers aren't that lucky

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Anyone watch Money Power Respect?

  • CaliVirgo

    ????

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Zoe.....

  • CaliVirgo

    Chokie choke?

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    I LOVE TYLER PERRY!

  • CaliVirgo

    Is it good??

  • Buttercup

    I'm happy he has reached such success despite not being as available as others.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Did you see how Glenn had thee audacity to be mad lol.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Cali?

  • CaliVirgo

    It's the key to life.
    Money, power, and respect.
    Whatchu' need in life.
    Money, power, and respect.
    When you eatin' right.
    Money, power, and respect.
    Help you sleep at night.
    You'll see the light.
    It's the key to life.
    Money, power, and respect.
    Whatchu' need in life.
    Money, power, and respect.
    When you eatin' right.
    Money, power, and respect.
    Money, power, and respect.
    Money, power, and respect.

  • L.T.L. Since 2007
  • Incog-knee-gress

    I heard it was everything. Gone head and break it down. Who you like, dislike etc.

  • CaliVirgo

    How you doing boo?? How's your boy??

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    He's fine, thanks for asking. How are you and yours?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Choke! You ready for the game tonight? I dont even LIKE baseball. Imma watch tho.

  • Junkanoo

    I like thrillers,suspense,mysteries and some action films. His formula works for him but it's rehashed been there done that ,he's not really challenging him self but perhaps he's not trying to be a prolific film maker .

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I like Wendy the best. She got a son with Andre Harrel(sp). She the friend you want when folks talking bout you.

    I don't like Kelly, she seems cut throat and will do anything and I mean anything to get ahead.

    It's a Mona Scott production so it's full of drama.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Yesssssssssss.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Yes I was going to go down there and see Wiz perform and watch at a restaurant but it's a madhouse downtown. That I'm sure of.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Mona Scott on WeTV now? Well DAMN! Gone head and spread your messiness amongst the networks Mona.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Same thing I said

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    That Lord Jamar whomever he is gets on my nerves

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Oh SNAP! I had FORGOT he is going to perform tonight before the Cavs and Knicks square up. You should GOOOOOO. Once in a lifetime! Yall city got A LOT going on right now. I know its an exciting time! And for ME to be like fukk basketball NBA opener, Im watching MLB is a big huge deal lol.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Good for Tyler as he gives folks chances who may not otherwise get them.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    When I saw her name I was like oh boy. It's nothing like Sisters in Law. Example: Kendell was dating/living with a guy thinking about the next step, here some chick texting her phone saying we dating the same man. I'll leave it there in case you watch.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    That's one of the best things and he loyal.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Im surely not gonna knock her hustle. She collected all of the VH1 coins and now is over at WeTV. We cant be mad at THAT. Im actually kinda proud of her.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    He is too much. Talking bout you ain't managing no dudes. Negro please.

  • Sucker Free

    Bruh...Star Wars is one of my favorites...real talk!

  • Buttercup

    Which is why I try to support him as much as possible. The only times I've seen Aunt Viv on the teebee after Fresh Prince were on his shows.

  • That’s Interesting

    He doesn't want White support. He wants white money and I don't blame him. They do see his movies. I see them in there. If he has the number one movie in America it should be in as many American theaters as possible. Racism at its finest!

  • CaliVirgo

    We're doing good. The boys are still tearing up my house but I will live?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I like him for this too. But to be all...why on earth I am not in the other 1500 screens is beyond MEH...done pist me for some reason.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    After they were shooting after the parade and Ju and I had to hide I think I'll watch it at home. Lol trying to make up my mind if we win am I going to the parade. I know that's right Sis it's exciting I know it's nuts down there. We have our Cavs gear I'm gonna get pizza and just chill with my sports mix channel lol.

  • mela.reign77

    I understand the need to crossover, but he's still making money so for that reason he should be grateful. They sort of movies and plays that he writes and produce are not for the white audience, just being honest. If he wants to seriously crossover he may need to think Madea on his next film and target the audience he's looking to engage. I love Tyler Perry and although i don't know him personally I am proud of his success. He is doing a lot of what some aspire to do.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Like he can get people on, dude you're not even on lol

  • hi-liter

    The sprites were hating when Luke Cage was released on Netflix, they really gone hate on this one.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    The soldier did a whole room full of wall art at 4 I recall those days.....

  • Sucker Free

    Come down here Girl!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I watched her Being episode Centric and respected her hustle after that.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    WAIIIIIIIIIIT. Lord Jamar from Brand Nubian? He on there? Say no. SAY NO Choke or Zoe.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Traffic is about to be crazy I see more scenes of sign hanging going on lol. So happy for Cleveland tho, we're truly rocking today.

  • NegroDamus

    First time the real Darth Vader is going to be on the big screen in 33 years...i cant wait folk

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Yes his wife is one of the entertainment lawyers. Shawrry Sis

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I do too.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    He is because some of those he loves can't act for ish...

  • Sucker Free

    shaq had a party last night I missed it

  • Incog-knee-gress

    UGH. I cannot stand him.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    THAT was the BEST episode. Yessss

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Yes his wife is a lawyer up there

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Hopefully he gets there one day and if he doesn't that's alright too because he was car living at one point. Tyler did good and his good heart will ensure he does more.

  • NegroDamus

    Thats what i fear, but im sure marvel is going to tie in some core heroes to satisfy the fanboy haters. Hopefully they don't get much screen time and overshadow Chadwick Boseman. I think he stole the show in civil war, aside from Iron Man of course.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    ??? Got one wack artist and think he gold

  • Incog-knee-gress

    He irked me earlier this year and it was a post...about Ciara and Future situation. HIS view. I was like dude. Go away

  • hi-liter

    Yeah, I liked him as James Brown as well.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    +1 he thinks he's all that a bag of chips and salsa

  • Sucker Free

    Lol...me either...my daughter says I'm such a geek

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Right ????

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Well unfortunately he's on a TV screen now

  • H-Town Girl

    Puff and passsssssss CaliVirgo!!!!!!!!!!!

  • H-Town Girl

    you too Ready.....puff and passsssssssss

  • Joshua McDowell

    Well if he makes better movies, then he would be able to appeal to white audiences.

  • CaliVirgo

    Probably did it in a flash too?

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I see Shad Moss is here too I'm guessing alot are here, we are the place to be dispute Stephen A. saying he didn't like Cleveland before Bronnie came back. I love Shaq I'll never forget we acquired him on the day MJJ died.

  • NegroDamus

    long as you not a light saber swinging, weekend battles at the park geek then you good ??

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Lol

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Right so glad they are 21 22 and 23 I survived ???

  • free

    “All I know is, I have 1,500 less screens than ‘Jack Reacher,'” Perry said.

    ************************************************
    i thought all hollyweird saw was green. somebody fugging up. dude is just blessed.

  • H-Town Girl

    White folks identify with white folks Tyler, I just googled his movie history....DUH!!!! he has no leading white folks...do that and they will come. Diversify your list of actors.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Congrats mama. ?

  • NegroDamus

    i think it will do good tho, cuz marvel has a lot of black heroes that im sure would benefit from the success of this one.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Tyler, ain't no white folks want to see you in a dress.
    Good night!!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Did you sign up for the free Jay Z concert

  • Nophace

    What gets me with them though is they're the same group of dumb ass ppl that were upset when the Wiz remake came on and made comments like "What if there was an all white cast?" as if they never heard of the Wizard of Oz!!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Lol thanks

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    That's probably why he did Too close to home. I tried watching that one but left it alone like I did Love thy neighbor.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Who gives a damn... A success is a success ...all money green and last I checked the soul holds many colors... Salute to Tyler .... Who gives back.... Who provides opportunities ...salute...

  • Sucker Free

    Do u sign up or do u go to election board?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Just saw a pic of Larenz Tate. That man just don't age. Whew whew whew.

  • Sucker Free

    No I just squeal in delight at the mention of star wars or mere sight of memorabilia

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout
  • H-Town Girl

    I bet O told him you got to make one just for them, then they will come....
    Ready see we think just a like not puff and pass you messing up the rotation!!!!

  • Renee Bee

    All hail the real Queen B, Lil Kim!

  • NegroDamus

    you cant be worse than me staying up till midnight, to get some force awakens memorabilia and my free poster from toy r us ??????

  • missmiami305
  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Actually it's on TLC which is the learning channel lol.

  • SweetsJunkie

    We don't have movie theaters in the hood where I live, all our theaters are in "white" areas. I saw the movie Sunday, the laughter was well deserved.

  • Renee Bee

    Oh boy! Now you made me remember that precious baby terrified little face. Lordt please protect the babies! (Wailing)

  • Baron

    I'm happy WE support him! Who cares if clear ppl don't see this! They make shyt I ain't trying to watch! Like I give a damn about a sinking ship or some dude on an island talking to damned soccer balls and shyt.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Same here in Atlanta. There are some theaters in black neighborhoods. But the majority of theaters are in white neighborhoods.

  • Renee Bee

    I saw it. It was funny as hell. But I needed silliness in my life and this fit right in. It's a lot of yelling and Madea cutting up but that's to be expected.
    P.S. Spoiler Alert - if you are afraid of Bozo's painted face kinfolk - stay away.

  • missmiami305

    He is fine!!!!

  • Low E. TUH!

    -GASP- SAY WHAT??? :PC:

  • Zebra Stripes

    I'm planning on seeing this Saturday. I love to support positive humble people.

  • Sucker Free

    Girl take this down...keep it a secret lol

  • Renee Bee

    Oh Jen-nay! Is the "precious bun" acting up? Do you need me to send you some Camomile tea?

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Lol.

  • Sucker Free

    It just takes me to a magical place...makes me feel like a kid again ?

  • PhenomenalWomanThatIsMe

    No, he's right. I live in the boonies and they NEVER have any movies that cater to "our" interests. I think they automatically assume that they (the theatres) won't make money with them, so they don't even bother.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Now you know they are gonna be there like clockwork lol.

  • Darkandlovely617?

    Hello there ??
    I actually liked it, it's nice to see not only us depicted in a not favorable light

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Amen lots of school aged kids down there around this time.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Hi lol he just has too many shows which is a good and bad thing.

  • NegroDamus

    me too! me too! im mad i missed out on them 44 inch Darth Vaders that came out last xmas..i was pissedt

  • NegroDamus

    YUUP!! they say he's going to be portrayed as the ruthless killer Vader too

  • We Can Do This

    Now if he had young boys prancing around, it'll be a door buster!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout
  • Rain

    Yes, I went to see it. Some of it was funny, to me...it was alright.

  • MissHarlem

    Hey boo. I missed your birthday ?. Wish you love and more importantly happiness. Also Larenz eats plant based foods now so it makes you look youthful. Eating right looking right

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Hey boo! Thank you and love you. ????????

  • MissHarlem

    ????

  • KcoolMuziq

    Preach! Plus Tyler is the richest most successful black director in cinema. I guess he is trying to become the most successful overall...

  • thehumble1

    I heard it was good!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    So does he eat plant based like no meat at all?

  • MissHarlem

    Yup lol. He did an interview before the summer started. They asked him why he looks so young and he went into his diet. He also has a side by side of him younger and now. Meat eater vs non. The results speaks for themselves. I'm only like that three days sometimes four out of the week. I need a detox now.

  • Emily post

    IF his movie is a hit why does he care what race the people are that go to see it...
    He is a success within his own community of people and they are making him and have made him very wealthy. We all know what happens to successful blacks after white people get a hold of them....

  • Stl_heat

    Its Obama fault.... aint it SANDRA???

  • AJ

    You already said it...they dumb asses!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What's Obama's fault?

  • Shira Harding-James

    Stop making coon films all of the time and.....

  • Scorpio

    He does some films that can do well with White audiences. Mr. Deeds was one of them, and the one with Kathy Bates, but the Madea films don't seem like they would translate well.

  • Shira Harding-James

    I loved him in that movie!!

  • Stl_heat

    That Tyler Perry failed to get the white audience. You blame EVERYTHING on Obama....

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Nearly 10 years ago, when I was introduced to Tyler Perry's plays, I thought Madea was so hilarious, I purchased ever DVD I could find! As time went on, I realized Madea was a one-dimensional stereotype, constantly telling the same ole jokes.

  • Angela Flowers

    Sighs. Whites must rejoice at the thought of us wanting and needing them. I wonder if white directors/actors care if they're able to reach black people for their majority white movies...NOPE.

  • Angela Flowers

    Yep...and once he get on, he leave yo @ss for a white audience...lol.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Girl I hollered at this. Whoot!! ???????

  • Scromes1212

    I didn't know this. Interesting. If they doing this to him I can't imagine how it is for other black filmmakers.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Calm yourself, hun. This is a gossip blog. You have your whole life outside of this blog.

  • TransHuman

    If black men stand up. From entertainment. Football, basketball music etc.etc. They will bankrupt. With folks..They need black people they just act like they dont. We keeping they azz around by breeding with these devils. Ughhh.

  • TransHuman

    Stop looking for white folk approval. Fck them. Stop needing these monkeys in every aspect of your life

  • SailOn

    Some of you lack basic reading comprehension skills. Its sad. nowhere he did he say he was looking for white approval. He's talking basic economic sense. Despite being a box office king, Perry still has to fight for more theater presence. Tyler is popular enough now to be reached among a general audience. Since this film had a higher by 30% of white viewers and was still #1 despite being in less screens than the #2 film, its logical the film would have made even more money had it been featured in a higher number of theaters. Reading is fundamental.

  • product of 79

    He jus want a bigger account ? and it's nuttin wrong with that... But let's be honest here, what pink person relates to Madea???? That is the problem. They don't get IT.
    Crossover ain't nuttin but a double cross-JT Matthews of the 5? beats

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    At this point, if he hasn't captured the white audiences or received "commercial success," it's not happening. Tyler has made so much money with his core audience, it's an accomplishing of its own.

    I understand wanting to broaden your brand. White folks know who he is, they're just not fans of his work. I've watched different tv shows and hear white shows poking fun at him.

    TP, you've come a long way with your brand of product. Stick to that bro because that's not a bad thing. Yes, of course we all want to continue to grow, but hell, I know many producers who'd love to have the following he has that faithfully spends money for his film, plays, etc. Hell, give me about 100,000 of them and I'm good.

    He's going to have to up his networking, hire and fairly pay some brilliant writers and relinquish some production control.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Ok. My comment above was like HUH? All the success and money he's pocketing, gaining a white audience should not be a priority at all.

  • MookieFly

    I might actually spend the funds for it

  • MookieFly

    Truuuu. May still go see it this weekend. Need something to see that just brings the feel-goods

  • n1kk1a

    Who ever asked for them? ???

  • Moon Lee

    When is cross dressing Madeas,funeral??? Death of the dress!

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    His movies aren't really written as "crossover" items. The references, comedic punchlines, even situations are very Black and won't appeal to all audiences. But that is his bread and butter. Be grateful that you can be so "ethnic" or stay true to your roots with your product and still beat a "Jack Reacher" type movie in the Box Office while showing on 1500 fewer screens.

    SOUNDS LIKE HE'S GETTING GREEDY! Careful Mr. Perry, greed brings all who succumb to it down... smh

  • TOO REAL

    Does it make a difference what color the person is whose pocket the GREEN money comes out of.

  • Look@m3

    I mean he had a white girl trying to shaker her bum at the Fart pary and that still wasn't enough for them to come out and see this movie...Im so mad my momma made me go with her to see this movie. It was a bunch of old women laughing hard at all these scenes that weren't funny. I had to sit their and muster up a laugh so my momma didn't feel like a lame!

  • Look@m3

    I don't know why. He married to a white woman so that should be enough. We always watching Transformers and Thor and Bourne Identity but they cant come get down with us.....lol

  • Look@m3

    or Roots, or Selma, or DJANGO! or Mississippi Burning or Rosewood or Armistead or 12 years of Slavery and Color Purple ( I know but that's a classic...had to throw it in there)

  • Look@m3

    I did (Shamefully)

  • Look@m3

    Make sure you have your HOE-01K.

  • Look@m3

    You started your Hoe-01K yet?

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    please i'm black and I don't go see Madea movies

  • Nancy Drew Wants U 2 Fall Back

    Alright Hun, exhale... *strokes your hair*
    Lol!!?