BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail Conquers the Box Office with $41.1 Million

Taken climbs back into second place with $11.4 million.
BYB. Alan Orange | February 22nd, 2009

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?

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