‘Madea’ holds top spot over slow weekend

first_img“Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” a comedic drama from the creator of “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” held off a rush of new releases to maintain the top spot at the weekend box office. The Lionsgate Films movie raked in $13 million in its second weekend, bringing its gross to $48 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. It edged out the cop thriller “16 Blocks,” which debuted at No. 2 with $11.7 million. The Warner Bros. film stars Bruce Willis as an NYPD detective trying to shuffle a star witness from a precinct lockup to a grand jury session 16 blocks away. Overall, it was a lackluster weekend performance for Hollywood, where attention was focused on the Academy Awards on Sunday. The top 12 movies took in $83.8 million, down 23 percent from the same weekend last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Not every weekend can be a blockbuster. This weekend definitely was not,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. Other new wide releases this weekend had mediocre showings. Screen Gems’ sci-fi flick “Ultraviolet,” starring Milla Jovovich as exacting revenge on the government after being infected with a blood disease, debuted at No. 4 with $9 million. The 20th Century Fox teen mermaid tale “Aquamarine” opened at No. 5 with $7.5 million. Focus Features’ star-studded comedy “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” came in at No. 7 with $6.5 million. “Madea’s Family Reunion,” which was shot for just $6 million, is a comedic drama about a slew of domestic hijinks that occur as a family prepares for a reunion. Perry wrote and directed the film and starred in three roles including the overweight, pistol-packing matriarch Madea, whom he also played in last year’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Foreign-language Oscar nominee “Joyeux Noel” opened strongly in limited release, grossing $50,133 in six theaters, for a healthy $8,356 average. By comparison, “16 Blocks” averaged $4,307 in 2,706 theaters; “Ultraviolet” did $3,518 in 2,558 theaters; “Aquamarine” averaged $2,986 in 2,512 theaters and “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” did $5,430 in 1,200 theaters. TOP MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” $13 million. 2. “16 Blocks,” $11.7 million. 3. “Eight Below,” $10.3 million. 4. “Ultraviolet,” $9 million. 5. “Aquamarine,” $7.5 million. 6. “The Pink Panther,” $7 million. 7. “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party,” $6.5 million. 8. “Date Movie,” $5.1 million. 9. “Curious George,” $4.4 million. 10. “Firewall,” $3.6 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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