Weekend Box Office
1) Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail $41.1 million
2) Taken $11.4 million
3) Coraline $11 million
4) He's Just Not That Into You $8.5 million
5) Slumdog Millionaire $8 million
6) Friday the 13th $7.8 million
7) Confessions of a Shopaholic $7 million
8) Paul Blart: Mall Cop $7 million
9) Fired Up $6 million
10) The International $4.4 million
Tyler Perry is back to his old tricks. In a move that has surprised no one, his latest theatrical dramedy Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail pulled in $41.1 million over the weekend, becoming the number one film at the box office. While the movie currently ranks as the twentieth highest grossing fat suit movie of all time, it is Perry's biggest opening weekend thus far, proving once and for all that the man owns February. With an opening weekend this high, you can look for even more films from Perry's signature brand sometime in the very near future.
This week's only other new release, Sony Screen Gem's Fired Up, didn't fair quite so well. The poorly marketed teen comedy about a couple of jocks who join their high school cheerleading team, took an immediate nosedive at the box office and wound up in ninth place with just $6 million. Expect it to be out of sight and mind by next week.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop continues to be the highest grossing film of the year. Coming in at number 8, it pulled in another $7 million for a cumulative take of $121 million. And Fox's underestimated hit Taken continues to chug along. It bounced back up the chart into the number two spot with another $11.4 million. Its total gross is now at $95.1 million, with its overseas grosses at $69.3 million. The combined grosses equal $164, which means this is also one of the highest grossing films of the year.
Next week, Madea will have to do battle with Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li, the Harrison Ford drama Crossing Over, and the behemoth Disney concert film Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. Can an old sassy lady beat three young punks and a bunch of surely video game characters? I guess we'll find out next week, won't we?
Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail was released February 20th, 2009 and stars Tyler Perry, Derek Luke, Keshia Knight Pulliam, David Mann, Tamela J. Mann, RonReaco Lee, Ion Overman, Vanessa Ferlito. The film is directed by Tyler Perry.
Taken was released January 30th, 2009 and stars Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, David Warshofsky, Holly Valance, Katie Cassidy, Xander Berkeley. The film is directed by Pierre Morel.
He's Just Not That Into You was released February 6th, 2009 and stars Morgan Lily, Trenton Rogers, Michelle Carmichael, Jasmine Woods, Sabrina Revelle, Zoe Jarman, Alia Rhiana Eckerman, Julia Pennington. The film is directed by Ken Kwapis.
Friday the 13th was released February 13th, 2009 and stars Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, Derek Mears, Jonathan Sadowski, Julianna Guill. The film is directed by Marcus Nispel.
Confessions of a Shopaholic was released February 13th, 2009 and stars Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Fred Armisen. The film is directed by P.J. Hogan.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop was released January 16th, 2009 and stars Kevin James, Keir O'Donnell, Jayma Mays, Raini Rodriguez, Shirley Knight, Stephen Rannazzisi, Peter Gerety, Bobby Cannavale. The film is directed by Steve Carr.
Fired Up was released February 20th, 2009 and stars Nicholas D'Agosto, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer, Molly Sims, Danneel Harris, David Walton, Adhir Kalyan, AnnaLynne McCord. The film is directed by Will Gluck.