''Madea's Family Reunion'' gets more guests than expected
Dave Karger's online-only report: The new Tyler Perry movie takes in 50 percent more than ''Diary'' did
Apparently millions of people would like to be a member of Tyler Perry’s family. Perry’s sequel Madea’s Family Reunion grossed a fantasic $30.3 million this weekend, according to studio estimates.
Reunion, the follow-up to last year’s surprise smash Diary of a Mad Black Woman, opened in about 50 percent more theaters than its predecessor (2,194 compared to 1,483) and grossed about 50 percent more than Diary, which opened this very weekend last year with $21.9 million. Lions Gate decided not to screen the film for critics, which was probably a wise move given the absolutely horrendous reviews Diary received last year.
Meanwhile, without much else in the way of competition, Eight Below held on extremely well, slipping only 22 percent to $15.7 million, followed by The Pink Panther, which dropped only 32 percent to $11.3 million, thereby holding onto third place.
Date Movie ($9.2 million) and Curious George ($7 million) rounded out the top five, meaning the weekend’s two other new wide releases tanked. The animated film Doogal opened with only $3.6 million, while Paul Walker’s drama Running Scared placed ninth with $3.1 million. Looks like audiences would rather see Walker opposite costars of the canine variety.