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Monday February 23, 2009 11:13 pm

Box Office Breakdown: Madea Sets Record for Lionsgate

Madea Goes to Jail

While Slumdog Millionaire was making news for India, Tyler Perry was busy breaking records for his studio.

The latest installment in Tyler Perry’s franchise surpassed all expectations this weekend. , with its $41 million premiere, was the box office’s biggest opener since November’s Twilight. It was also the best debuter for Lionsgate…ever. (October 2006’s Saw III was the previous topper at $33 million.)

Unfortunately, Friday the 20th didn’t go as well for Friday the 13th. After only one week on the charts, last weekend’s record breaker dropped a frightening 81% to 6th place.

  1. Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, Lionsgate, $41,030,947 (avg. $20,192)
  2. Coraline, Focus Features, $11,432,124 (avg. $5305)
  3. Taken, 20th Century Fox, $11,281,262 (avg. $3637)
  4. He’s Just Not That Into You, New Line, $8,558,225 (avg. $2806)
  5. Slumdog Millionaire, Fox Searchlight, $8,384,680 (avg. $3736)
  6. Friday the 13th, Warner Bros., $7,942,472 (avg. $2558)
  7. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Sony, $6,821,377 (avg. $2406)
  8. Confessions of a Shopaholic, Disney, $6,742,77 (avg. $2690)
  9. Fired Up, Sony, $5,483,778 (avg. $3030)
  10. The International, Sony, $4,463,916 (avg. $1888)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)

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