Box Office: More Proof Tyler Perry Can Sell Swampland in Florida

Barely dressed skanky sorority girls, Kate Beckinsale, and post-apocalyptic puppet saviors have nothing on Tyler Perry. The man is so prolific, he has twenty TV shows running at the same time, and as I type this, he’s got 50 more movies in the pipeline. Okay, maybe he’s not that prolific, but it ain’t that far off. Perry’s latest, “I can Do Bad All By Myself” opened at the top spot with $24 million according to studio estimates, easily dominating a weak weekend at the movies.

Of the other films fighting for Tyler Perry’s box office scraps, the CG animated “9”, about a band of sentient puppet creatures trying to make their way across a post-apocalyptic landscape, came out on top, opening in second place with $10.8 million. The film was produced by Tim Burton and “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov, and featured the voice talents of Elijah Woods and Jennifer Connelly. They should have begged Perry to do a guest cameo.

The week’s other debut films, the teen slasher redo “Sorority Row” and the Kate Beckinsale snow-capped thriller “Whitehout” landed at #6 and #7, respectively, with a less-than-thrilling combined $10 million in box office receipts. I guess even a gratuitous shower scene by Kate Beckinsale couldn’t hide the fact that she spends most of the movie covered up in thick winter gear. Also, the film’s advertising is just confusing: is it a mystery thriller, or some sci-fi alien invasion movie? Depends on what version of the trailer you saw, I suppose. It is surprising though that the nubile young lasses of “Sorority Row” didn’t do better. What’s the world coming to nowadays when scantily clad girls can’t even attract an audience at the movies?

Box Office Top 10 (via):

1 —–Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself —–$24,030,000 —–$24,030,000
2 —–9 —–$10,856,000 —– $15,264,000
3 —–Inglourious Basterds —–$6,546,000 —–$104,309,000
4 —–All About Steve —–$5,800,000 —– $21,812,000
5 —–The Final Destination —–$5,500,000 —–$58,258,000
6 —–Sorority Row —–$5,268,000 —– $5,268,000
7 —–Whiteout —–$5,100,000 —– $5,100,000
8 —–District 9 —–$3,600,000 —– $108,517,000
9 —–Julie & Julia —–$3,300,000 —– $85,360,000
10 —–Gamer —–$3,150,000 —–$16,120,000

Oh, Tyler Perry! I got something for you, Tyler Perry...

Oh, Tyler Perry! I got something for you, Tyler Perry...