Fri. Mar 22nd, 2019

Box Office : A Madea Family Funeral Movie Nabs Boffo $27M

A Madea Family Funeral may not have topped the box office this weekend, but it is an unqualified winner. The ninth (and allegedly final) Madea comedy earned a strong $27.05 million over its debut weekend. That’s a robust 2.94x weekend multiplier and one of Tyler Perry’s biggest debuts in his 14-year/20-movie career.

Among Tyler Perry flicks, it sits behind only Boo! A Madea Halloween ($28 million in 2016), Why Did I Get Married Too? ($29m in 2010), A Madea Family Reunion ($30m in 2006) and Madea Goes to Jail ($41m in 2009). This is a solid curtain call for an iconic big-screen character.

Fans showed up for A Madea Family Funeral because they wanted to see Madea. To the extent that audiences now see movies in a theater mostly if they like the leading character (be it Wonder Woman or Freddie Mercury) and to the extent that anything can be an event movie if it qualifies as a big deal to a specific demographic (think Crazy Rich Asians or Girls Trip), Tyler Perry can arguably be credited with pioneering the modern event movie. Again and again, with or without Madea, Perry’s melodramas pulled in big numbers from moviegoers who wanted what he was selling, even as the rest of Hollywood pretended to be shocked.

For the last 14 years, Perry’s nine Madea adventures have generally opened with between $21 million and $25m and ended up with between $50m and $65m. There were some breakouts here and there. Boo! A Madea Halloween took advantage of a Halloween season lacking in conventional scare flicks and opened with $28m before legging it to $73m domestic while A Madea Family Reunion (his second film and the first that he directed) opened with $30m in 2006 a year after Diary of a Mad Black Woman shocked us all in 2005 with a $22m launch and $50m cume. Madea Goes to Jail opened with a sky-high $40m in early 2009 (a season where frankly everything popped) and ended up with $90m domestic.

Inflation notwithstanding, the fans have continued to show up right until the end.  That’s doubly impressive when you consider that we have at least a little bit more onscreen diversity than we did in 2005. As noted many times over the years, Tyler Perry came along at just the “right” time, just as the DVD crash and Hollywood’s tentpole obsession turned the likes of The Best Man and Waiting to Exhale into endangered species.

A Madea Family Funeral MOVIE INFO

A joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly plan a funeral, which threatens to reveal sordid family secrets.


Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

Tyler Perry

Cast (in credits order)

Tyler Perry Tyler Perry Madea / Joe / Brian / Heathrow
Cassi Davis Cassi Davis Aunt Bam
Patrice Lovely Patrice Lovely Hattie
Mike Tyson Mike Tyson Roy
Ciera Payton Ciera Payton Sylvia
Kj Smith Kj Smith Carol
Quin Walters Quin Walters Renee
Aeriél Miranda Aeriél Miranda Gia
Vermyttya Erahn Vermyttya Erahn Hattie
Jen Harper Jen Harper Vianne
Courtney Burrell Courtney Burrell A.J.
Rome Flynn Rome Flynn Jessie
David Otunga David Otunga Will
Derek Morgan Derek Morgan Anthony
Aryeh-Or Aryeh-Or Undertaker (as Ary Katz)
Christianee Porter Christianee Porter Soloist (as Christianee G. Porter)
Darryl W. Handy Darryl W. Handy Reverend (as Darryl Handy)
Joel Rush Joel Rush Officer
Selena Anduze Selena Anduze Doctor
Branden Miller Branden Miller Joanne the Scammer (as Joanne the Scammer)
Tiffany Black Tiffany Black Anthony’s Mistress
Nick Smoot Nick Smoot Man at Funeral (as Nicholas Smoot)
Greg Kirkland Jr. Greg Kirkland Jr. SEEiT Choir Conductor (as Gregory K. Kirkland)
Karlton Humes Karlton Humes SEEiT Choir
Jada Howard Jada Howard SEEiT Choir
Alisha 'A.J.' Blanding Alisha ‘A.J.’ Blanding SEEiT Choir
Kelvin D. Armstrong Kelvin D. Armstrong SEEiT Choir
Andrea Pelican-Ray Andrea Pelican-Ray SEEiT Choir
Lanita C. Brinson Lanita C. Brinson SEEiT Choir
Ayana Maceida McDonald Ayana Maceida McDonald SEEiT Choir
Latrice Pace Latrice Pace SEEiT Choir
Calvin Bernard Brown Calvin Bernard Brown SEEiT Choir
Marissa Patrice Rouse Marissa Patrice Rouse SEEiT Choir
Derek Lamont Derek Lamont SEEiT Choir (as Derek Lamont Wideman)
Monique C Baisden Monique C Baisden SEEiT Choir (as Monique Carol Baisden)
Donald E. Grissom Jr. Donald E. Grissom Jr. SEEiT Choir
Patricia Rochelle Allen Patricia Rochelle Allen SEEiT Choir
Ericka Smith Ericka Smith SEEiT Choir
Raechelle Lauren Garner Raechelle Lauren Garner SEEiT Choir
Erik W. Coleman Erik W. Coleman SEEiT Choir
Sheena Alexandria Evans Sheena Alexandria Evans SEEiT Choir
Freshun Wilson Freshun Wilson SEEiT Choir
Tiffany Boone Tiffany Boone SEEiT Choir
Glennie Y. Williams Glennie Y. Williams SEEiT Choir
Zaviel Janae Zaviel Janae SEEiT Choir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Adams Charles Adams Deacon (uncredited)
Bobby Akers Bobby Akers Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Marisol Correa Marisol Correa Female Funeral Goer (uncredited)
Todd Davis Todd Davis Male Funeral Goer (uncredited)
David Dunston David Dunston Funeral Goer (uncredited)
Renah Gallagher Renah Gallagher Female Funeral Goer (uncredited)
Victoria Hardway Victoria Hardway Deacon Wife at Funeral (uncredited)
Jazmin Johnson Jazmin Johnson Female Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Deedra Jordan Deedra Jordan Funeral Home Guest (uncredited)
Shaun McMillan Shaun McMillan Pallbearer (uncredited)
Jessica Rubinstein Jessica Rubinstein Officer (uncredited)
Alexa Whitaker Alexa Whitaker Female Funeral Goer (uncredited)

Produced by

Ozzie Areu producer
Will Areu producer
Tyler Perry executive producer
Mark E. Swinton producer

Music by

Philip White

Film Editing by

Larry Sexton

Production Design by

Paul Wonsek

Costume Design by

Crystal Hayslett

Makeup Department

Benji Dove makeup and makeup effects
Dewayne Lane barber
Al Scott hair stylist
Hailey Trifiro assistant makeup artist
Carla Wallace makeup artist

Production Management

Patrick Sheedy post-production supervisor / production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Derrick Doose first assistant director
Alicia Hailey Daniels key second assistant director
Asante White first assistant director
Jasmine K. White second assistant director

Art Department

Kristen Adams draftsman
Yvette Carmen set decoration coordinator
Jeff Kujan art department coordinator
Brett McGinnis scenic foreman
Steve Mckean charge scenic
Blake Shelton on-set greensman
Justin Darnil Thomas graphic designer

Sound Department

Aaron ‘Cujo’ Cooley sound mixer
Jesse Ehredt sound recordist
Joe Elfanbaum sound utility
Kimberly Ellis dialogue editor
David Jobe foley mixer
Bob Lacivita adr mixer
Brian Magrum adr mixer
Charley Stauber assistant sound editor
Aaron Thompson sound utility
Michael D. Wilhoit supervising sound editor

Special Effects by

Bruce E. Merlin special effects coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

Irie Bailey dolly/crane grip
Chad Brock second assistant camera
Jeremy Cournyea epk
Brian DeCroce first assistant camera: a camera
Philip Michael Hogan Jr. electrician
Steven Kennebrew-Turner steadicam grip
LeThomas Lee electrician
Donyelle J. Manigo gaffer
Kira Potter lighting console programmer operator/Dimmer board operator
Don Powell best boy electric
Jonny Revolt d.i.t
D.K. Shamburger grip
Dwayne Thomas assistant chief lighting technician
Cris Toebben electrician

Casting Department

Michael Antonio Gillespie casting associate
Andrea Guerrero extras casting associate
Morgan Landers casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Christopher Opopo set costumer
Erika D. Williams set costumer
Kenyatta Williams shopper

Editorial Department

Chris Armstrong supervising dailies engineer
Nicholas Hasson colorist
Barry Murphy assistant editor
Kevin M. Schneider Associate Digital Intermediate Producer
Denise Woodgerd dailies producer

Location Management

Aaron J. Porter location scout

Music Department

Romar Bennett music supervisor
Nick Fevola supervising music copyist
Joel C. High music supervisor
Steve Juliani music preparation
Christopher Lennertz composer: themes
Michael J. Lloyd orchestrator
Marcus Sjowall orchestrator
Dara Taylor composer: additional music
Keith Ukrisna score mix assistant

Transportation Department

Jeremy Stokes transportation co-captain

Other crew

Michel’le N. Barlow production secretary
Kacie Baxter assistant production coordinator
Robert Perry Bierman production staff: uncredted
Keith Fitchpatric Jr. production assistant
Walter Hendrix III key production assistant
Adrienne Johnson stand in: Aunt Bam
Felix Jordan production assistant
Caressa Latoria production assistant
Fabian Dash McIntosh production assistant
Ross Miller insurance broker
Samantha Miller payroll accountant
Andrew Paulson production accountant
Amandah Rochelle production assistant
Nohemi Rojas production assistant
Juliette Sicard props pa
Sue Smith production coordinator
Tommy Watt President/4 Max Post
Skylar A. Wilman insurance broker
Carole Wurst executive assistant to producer
Esi Yamoah production assistant: second unit
Leah Stricker first assistant accountant (uncredited)