Tyler Perry’s ‘Alex Cross’ Belly Flops at Box Office

Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry for "Alex Cross."

Alex Cross made a disappointing debut at the box office over the weekend, according to The Grio. Despite heavy promotion, the action flick opened 5th place with $11.8 million its first weekend. This marks the lowest grossing debut of Perry’s acting career.

According to The Grio, the number fell below Morgan Freeman’s films as Alex Cross, Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001), which made $13.2 million and $16.7 million in their respective debuts.

Sixty percent of Alex Cross‘ audience was female, 68 percent was over 35 and 74 percent was African-American according to studio research. The film also received negative reviews and Perry’s performance was also slammed.

For his part, Tyler Perry posted this message to fans on his website:
To all of you who went to see Alex Cross this weekend, I just want to say thank you for allowing me to grow. Thank you for letting me stretch my wings a bit. I knew you would enjoy it. Your messages on my board make me feel so good, and thank you for giving the movie an A. Can’t do this without you.

Despite the poor box office performance of Alex Cross, Perry has already signed on to reprise Alex Cross in a sequel.

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