Monday, February 23, 2009
'Madea Goes to Jail' Over No. 1 Hit Comedy
Tyler Perry scored a big victory on the typically slow Oscar weekend, walking away with the No. 1 movie, "Madea Goes to Jail," which raked in $41.1 million.
All four of the cross-dressing comedian's "Madea" movies have opened in first place, but this latest installment was the highest-grossing ever for Perry's trademark grandma character.
"It just tells you the power of the brand that is Tyler Perry," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers.
Liam Neeson's kidnap thriller "Taken" snatched second place with $11.4 million in ticket sales in its fourth weekend.
"Coraline" jumped to No. 3 with an $11 million take, as the romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You" fell to No. 4 with sales of $8.5 million.
Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire" climbed from ninth to No. 5 after earning $8.1 million.
Last weekend's champion, a remake of "Friday the 13th," fell to No. 6 with a take of $7.8 million while the new college comedy "Fired Up!" failed to ignite much interest and landed No. 9 with $6 million in sales.
Shopping and mall-inspired comedies proved to have some staying power as "Confessions of a Shopaholic" earned $7.02 million and seventh place. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" held the No. 8 spot with $7 million.
Rounding out the top 10 was the financial thriller "The International," which finished No. 10 with $4.45 million in sales.