Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’ tops box office

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NEW YORK— Director Tyler Perry is having no problem posting bail for the protagonist of his movie “Madea Goes to Jail,” which leads the box office with a $41.1 million opening weekend.

NEW YORK— Director Tyler Perry is having no problem posting bail for the protagonist of his movie "Madea Goes to Jail," which leads the box office with a $41.1 million opening weekend. Studio estimates Sunday showed it to be the highest grossing film ever for both Perry and the film’s studio, Lionsgate. Since Perry’s 2005 "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," the actor-director-producer has frequently opened films strongly, despite little mainstream recognition. The success of "Madea Goes to Jail" reinforces the notion that he draws the greatest reaction when he dons a frumpy dress as his trademark grandmother character, Madea. Last weekend’s top earner, Warner Bros.’ "Friday the 13th," saw a steep drop in ticket sales. It took in $7.8 million in its second weekend of release, down from $43.6 million last weekend. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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