Scoop: Tyler Perry says Madea deserves more screens in white areas

Tyler Perry, center, is  Madea in the franchise's latest film, which topped the weekend box office. (Courtesy Lionsgate)

Tyler Perry, center, is Madea in the franchise's latest film, which topped the weekend box office. (Courtesy Lionsgate)

Interestingly, as Tyler Perry celebrated box office victory with a $27.6 million debut of “Boo! A Madea Halloween” over the weekend — beating Tom Cruise in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” — he thinks he could do better, if the movie opened on more screens in different areas.

“I still have issues getting screens in white neighborhoods believe it or not,” the black actor, writer, producer and director told The Wrap, adding, “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.”

Perry pointed out the action sequel, which came in second after the latest “Madea” comedy, opened on far more screens.

Lionsgate reported the “Madea” viewers were 60 percent African-American and 40 percent Caucasian, compared to previous “Madea” films that garnered audiences that were 80 to 90 percent African-American.

Nonetheless, Perry is pleased his audiences are diversifying.

HOLMES, FOXX UPDATE

Tabloids are offering conflicting information on low-key couple Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx, who haven’t even made their relationship public.

One report this week said Holmes, 37, and Foxx, 48, broke up because he didn’t want to go public with their romance.

But various sources told Us Weekly that “they are for sure still together.”

Perhaps more interesting is the rumored agreement Holmes signed when she divorced Tom Cruise, which allegedly prohibits her from publicly dating another man until 2017.

Apparently when she agreed to those terms, which also included not talking about Cruise or Scientology, she got $4.8 million in child support for Suri, 10, and $5 million for herself.

ADLERS ANNOUNCED

Look out for these international opera stars of tomorrow: San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced recipients of the 2017 Adler Fellowship. Incoming artists include soprano Sarah Cambidge, tenors Amitai Pati and Kyle van Schoonhoven and baritone Andrew Manea; second-year singers are sopranos Amina Edris and Toni Marie Palmertree, tenor Pene Pati and bass-baritone Brad Walker; while bass Anthony Reed continues his third year. Aria Umezawa joins the program as a director, while John Elam, Ronny Michael Greenberg and Jennifer Szeto are participating as coaches.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Rapper Schoolboy Q is 30. … Skater Sasha Cohen is 32. … Actor Jon Heder is 39. … Writer-actor Seth McFarlane is 43. … Singer Keith Urban is 49. … Singer Natalie Merchant is 53. … Actor Cary Elwes is 54. … Actor Dylan McDermott is 55. … Actress Rita Wilson is 60. … Musician Bootsy Collins is 65. … Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is 69. … Game show host Pat Sajak is 70. … Actress Jaclyn Smith is 71.

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