$500 Million Later, Tyler Perry Finally Decides to End the Madea Franchise
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, which will be released in March 2019, will be the last film of the Madea franchise, according to Tyler Perry himself. The award-winning filmmaker made the announcement earlier this week during an interview on Sirius XM. “I just don’t want to be her age [still] playing her,” he said.
This film will be the 8th one for the Madea character, and the storyline will center around a joyous family reunion that turns into a hilarious nightmare.
In addition to ending the franchise, Perry will also be ending his long-time relationships with Lionsgate and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). He has reportedly signed a 5-year lucrative new deal with Viacom where he will produce original content for BET, for the box office, and for short-form video platforms including BET.com.
Madea, was first introduced onstage 20 years ago in stage plays, and quickly became a box office sensation. In fact, films in the Madea franchise have collectively generated more than $500 million in box office ticket sales. Even more has been generated from streaming and DVD sales.
Here’s how much the Madea films have generated since the first one premiered in 2005:
Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail Box Office Ticket Sales: $90,508,336 Release Date: 2/20/09
Boo! A Madea Halloween $73,206,343 Release Date: 10/21/16
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection $65,653,242 Release Date: 6/29/12
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion $63,257,940 Release Date: 2/24/06
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family $53,345,287 Release Date: 4/22/11
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas $52,543,354 Release Date: 12/13/13
Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman $50,633,099 Release Date: 2/25/05
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween $47,319,572 Release Date: 10/20/17
The most profitable Madea films were Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, which grossed more than $90 million at the box office. Boo! A Madea Halloween was the second most popular one, generating more than $73 million. The film that generated the least amount of revenue was Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, which generated just over $43 million.