WEEKEND TOP 5 STUDIO ESTIMATES, FEBRUARY 27-March 1, 2009

1. Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail (Lionsgate)
   $16.5 million | 2,052 | $64.9 million | 2

2. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (Buena Vista)
   $12.7 million | 1,271 | $12.7 million | 1

3. Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
   $12.2 million | 2,943 | $115.1 million | 16

4. Taken (Fox)
   $10.0 million | 3,089 | $107.9 million | 5

5. He’s Just Not That Into You (Warner Bros. (New Line))
   $5.9 million | 2,858 | $78.5 million | 4

VIA: BOX OFFICE MOJO.com

MADEA TO BE KILLED OFF BY TYLER PERRY?

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Perry wants Madea dead.

That may come as a surprise, given the big-hearted but foul-tempered, pistol-packin’ granny has emerged as director-writer-producer-actor Perry’s signature character and, now, his cash cow.

“Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail” topped the U.S. box office last weekend with $41 million in its first three days of release. The dramedy marks Perry’s all-time opening weekend, and is poised to sprint past the overall take of his top-grossing film, “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion” (2006).

Still, Perry confesses: “I would love to see Madea die a slow death in the next film.”

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WEEKEND TOP 5 STUDIO ESTIMATES, FEBRUARY 20-22, 2009

1. Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail (Lionsgate)
   $41.1 million | 2,032 | $41.1 million | 1

2. Taken (Fox)
   $11.4 million | 3,102 | $95.2 million | 4

3. Coraline (Focus Features)
   $11.0 million | 2,155 | $53.4 million | 3

4. He’s Just Not That Into You (Warner Bros. (New Line))
   $8.5 million | 3,050 | $70.1 million | 3

5. Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
   $8.1 million | 2,244 | $98.0 million | 15