The Box-Office Top Five
#1 "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" ($24 million)
#2 "9" ($10.9 million)
#3 "Inglourious Basterds" ($6.5 million)
#4 "All About Steve" ($5.8 million)
#5 "The Final Destination" ($5.5 million)
Filmmaker/writer/actor Tyler Perry's "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" hit theaters this weekend, but this time Madea didn't go to jail — she went all the way to the bank.
"I Can Do Bad" easily defeated films both new and old at the box office this weekend with a $24 million total by Sunday's end. The movie, which had the widest release of any Perry-directed feature thus far, brought only the third-highest opening weekend from the director to date — Perry's earlier 2009 release, "Madea Goes to Jail," is his most lucrative opening at $41 million.
Perry's film is the first movie without an action-centric premise to top the box office since Judd Apatow's "Funny People" in late July, signaling that the heat of summer blockbusters is starting to cool down. Another, stronger sign is the fact that, other than "Bad" and Shane Acker's "9" — which earned $10.9 million over the weekend and $15.2 million since its opening last Wednesday — not a single film was able to earn over $10 million this weekend.
The Elijah Wood-voiced, animated "9," despite falling significantly short of "Bad" 's intake, held a decisive $4.4 million lead over Quentin Tarantino's World War II epic "Inglourious Basterds," which ended the weekend in third place. But "Basterds" earned $6.5 million over the weekend, sending it past the $100 million mark in its fourth week at the box office. "All About Steve" and "The Final Destination," meanwhile, rounded out the top five with $5.8 million and $5.5 million respectively, showing that their feud from last weekend is still active — even if the dollars in contention are significantly lower this time around.
The horror movie "Sorority Row" and the comic book adaptation "Whiteout," the weekend's other debuting movies, both fell short of the coveted top five with $5.2 million and $5.1 million, respectively. Both films were expected to fare much better than they did, but a mix of poor critical reception and a lack of strong marketing led to their box-office demises.
"9" gets some computer-animated competition next weekend in the form of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," while the Megan Fox-starring "Jennifer's Body" also takes a stab at the box-office title. Other contenders include Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" starring Matt Damon, and the romantic comedy "Love Happens," starring Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston.
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