Weekend Box Office:
1) Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? $21.5 million
2) The Game Plan $11.5 million
3) Michael Clayton $11 million
4) We Own the Night $11 million
5) The Heartbreak Kid $7.4 million
6) Elizabeth: The Golden Age $6.1 million
7) The Kingdom $4.5 million
8) Across the Universe $4 million
9) Resident Evil: Extinction $2.6 million
10) The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising $2.1 million
Tyler Perry has once again proven himself a very viable commodity at the box office. His latest film Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? dominated all with $21 million. This tidy sum pushed his latest directorial effort into the number one position, hushing the naysayers who claimed he couldn't open a film outside of February. It helps that he has a strong supporting cast that includes Janet Jackson and Jill Scott. This healthy take all but assures we'll be seeing Perry and Company at the multiplex for years to come. Though his films have been critically panned in the past, Perry is really showing improvements here as a filmmaker.
Michael Clayton didn't fare as well as Married, even though it opened in five hundred more theaters. The folks at Warner Brothers thought they had a sure fire hit on their hands after last week's limited run sold a ton of tickets. Sadly, the film couldn't live up to that hype with its wider theatrical roll out. The film fell into third place with $11 million. The Rock's The Game Plan managed to hold steady in the second place spot with $11.5 million.
This week's other new releases did fair to middling business. We Own the Night didn't manage to own much of anything. Even though it had a spectacular ensemble cast, audiences couldn't muster up much interest in its good cop/bad cop story line. The film premiered in 4th place with an even $11 million take. Elizabeth: The Golden Age couldn't even corral that limited sort of interest. It only made $6.1 million to open in sixth place this weekend.
A number of smaller films played to limited capacity. The Sean Astin baseball biopic The Final Season did okay business opening at number twenty with $665,000 playing on 1,011 screens. Lars and the Real Girl nabbed $85,000 playing on only seven screens. While Control surprised everyone by taking in $27,000 at just one theater.
Perry's place at number one probably wont last for long. He faces tough competition next week when Ben Affleck's directorial debut Gone Baby Gone opens, as well as Rendition, the spoof The Comebacks, the vampire gore fest 30 Days of Night, and Hale Berry's Things We Lost in the Fire.