Wow... just WOW!
$41 Million opening weekend for Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail.
I'm genuinely stunned! Just when I start to think that audiences are becoming a little weary of his shtick, they surprise me by shattering records, making this the largest opening for a Tyler Perry film!
Also, according to the numbers at Box Office Mojo, its the 5th highest opening of a film in winter, in motion picture box office history ever! That's incredible - considering that this is a film that opened on just over 2,000 screens... still a relatively high number, but, compared to other movies that have opened on a comparative number of screens, $41 Million is mighty hefty!
Clearly, his fan base continues to grow - it's no longer just those mostly African American Christian women who followed his plays on the theatre circuit. With numbers like this, surely one can assume that there's some cross-over appeal... or at least, a curiousity.
Whether it'll hold up in coming weeks, or quickly falter (assuming that those who wanted to see it, did so over the weekend), will be determined... in coming weeks.
I'm no fan of Tyler Perry's, but, I have to tip my hat at what he's been able to accomplish since his celluloid debut - Diary of A Mad Black Woman. He's got the attention of studio execs, and one could say, the American film going public in general - those who love him, and those who don't; not even a speed bump can do anything to stop this ramming bus!
He's given jobs to countless African American performers, both in front and behind the camera, who wouldn't be working otherwise. Surely, love him/hate him, that deserves some kind of recognition.
Given how prolific he's been in recent years, I'm sure we can expect yet another Tyler Perry film before 2009 expires!
Here are the rest of the numbers - specifically the top 10 (cume in parentheses):
1 - Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail $41,120,000
2 - Taken $11,400,000 ($95,153,000)
3 - Coraline $11,031,000 ($53,393,000)
4 - He's Just Not That Into You $8,540,000 ($70,083,000)
5 - Slumdog Millionaire $8,050,000 ($98,020,000)
6 - Friday the 13th $7,825,000 ($55,002,000)
7 - Confessions of a Shopaholic $7,019,000 ($27,654,000)
8 - Paul Blart: Mall Cop $7,000,000 ($121,380,000)
9 - Fired Up! $6,000,000 ($6,000,000)
10 - The International $4,450,000 ($17,017,000)
How many of these have you seen? I've seen exactly 1 of them - Slumdog Millionaire - and it wasn't as great as all the praise it's been getting led me to believe before I saw it.
So it goes...