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Tyler Perry's 'Madea Goes to Jail' Locks Up Box Office Top Slot

February 23, 2009 07:50:23 GMT

Crushing out the competitions that include last week's topper 'Friday the 13th', Tyler Perry's latest comedy 'Madea Goes to Jail' lands atop the North American box office over the weekend.


Tyler Perry's 'Madea Goes to Jail' Locks Up Box Office Top Slot
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"Madea Goes to Jail", another comedy movie from filmmaker Tyler Perry, has become a big hit at the North American box office over the weekend. Bringing back to the big screen the tough-talking, pistol-packing granny, the Lionsgate film has sold $41 million worth of tickets from the 2,032 theaters it was screened.

With the impressive bow, "Goes to Jail" secured the top rank as the best opening for any Lionsgate release, surpassing the $33.6 million debut for "Saw III". It has also been claimed to be the fifth-biggest bow for any film in February by Lionsgate Entertainment Corp unit, and marked Perry's largest debut since his previous best opening was the $30 million bow for "Madea's Family Reunion" in 2006.

Though Perry has one of the best track records in Hollywood, the success of "Goes to Jail" still came as a surprise to many analysts who predict that it will open only around $25 million. The percentage of patrons aged under 25 for this Perry's latest has doubled to 35% from the turnout last September for his "The Family That Preys".

Aside from "Goes to Jail", "Coraline" and "Taken" have also experienced a great weekend. The Pierre Morel-directed "Taken" stayed firm at #3, earning $11.3 million over the three-day weekend, while stop-motion picture "Coraline" has climbed up three spots to the third position with $11.4 million.

Slipping down two places to the fourth position was the star-studded romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You". The Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Ginnifer Goodwin-starring film pulled in $8.6 million to the total of $70.1 million. Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire" rounded up the top five box office with the earning of $8.4 million.

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for February 20-22:

  1. "Madea Goes to Jail" - $41 million
  2. "Coraline" - $11.4 million
  3. "Taken" - $11.3 million
  4. "He's Just Not That Into You" - $8.6 million
  5. "Slumdog Millionaire" - $8.4 million
  6. "Friday the 13th" - $7.9 million
  7. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" - $6.8 million
  8. "Confessions of a Shopaholic" - $6.7 million
  9. "Fired Up" - $5.5 million
  10. "The International" - $4.5 million


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posted by Mades Goes to Jail on Feb 24, 2009
Very funny and enlightening movie. The idea that some reputations of our countries DA's, (not losing a case, tough as steel), is the recognition that they "made their bones", on the backs of innocent folks, was not loss to a lot movie goers. Keep up the great work Tyler.
posted by valjack26 on Feb 23, 2009
This movie is worth seeing! Go out and have a laugh to get away from the sadness of our economy, job loses and whatever you are dealing with.
posted by lol1 on Feb 23, 2009
tyler perry is making hollywood eat their words you make it we will come

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