Saturday, November 20, 2010

Did Tyler Perry Fans Abandon For Colored Girls?

I just discovered film critic Scott Mendelson's blog, Mendelson's Memos, and this bit of information about a crash in box office sales for the second week of Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls. Mendelson writes:
Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls completely collapsed in weekend two, tumbling 66% (a record second-weekend drop for Tyler Perry) for just $6.7 million. Alas, the film apparently didn't expand behind die-hard Perry fans and fans of the original play, but lost both purists of the original show and Perry fans who preferred his lighter romps. ...
I called that in my review of the movie at BlogHer.com, not the box office crash, but the sense that Perry's movie did not suit the taste of his regular fans and also misses the mark with the more discriminating viewers the director hoped to impress, those who ardently oppose his work in general.

The original play to which Mendelson refers is Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, an iconic choreopoem in the African-American feminists/womanists community. He also says, however, that this money dip will not undo Perry financially.

1 comment:

msladydeborah said...

This is interesting. Has Tyler put his work inside of a box mode?

I really want to see For Colored Girls. Time is my issue. I am willing to wait and see what he has done to the work.