Tyler Perry Does Good All By Himself In The Saturday Box Office Report

1. “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” ($8.6 million)
2. “9″ ($3.3 million)
3. “Sorority Row” ($1.92 million)
4. “Inglourious Basterds” ($1.9 million)
5. “All About Steve” ($1.8 million)

After weeks upon weeks of violent fare dominating the movie scene, most box office watchers — myself included — expected a similar result at theaters this weekend. Considering Friday’s results, however, there’s a new lesson to be learned in Tinsel Town: never underestimate Tyler Perry.

Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” easily took the top box office seat on Friday with $8.6 million, outgrossing every other competitor by millions of dollars. The film’s success owes no small thanks to the release of “Madea Goes To Jail” earlier this year, another Perry-directed film that also featured the actor-director in the role of Mabel “Madea” Simmons. Like “I Can Do Bad,” Perry’s “Madea Goes To Jail” opened in the number one spot in its opening weekend. Unless something truly bizarre occurs over the next couple of days, “Bad” should achieve similar success.

In second place was “9,” the Shane Acker-directed animated science fiction film featuring the voices of Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly. The Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov-produced movie raked in $3.3 million on its opening day, significantly behind Tyler Perry’s debut but also nearly $1.5 million ahead of horror flick “Sorority Row,” the next-closest competitor that debuted to $1.92 million.

“Inglourious Basterds” ranked in fourth place on Friday with $1.9 million, giving “Sorority Row” a close run for its money. As “Basterds” was able to sneak into second place over Labor Day, a similar coup could put the Quentin Tarantino movie past “Sorority Row” by the end of this weekend.

Last week’s vicious battle between “All About Steve” and “The Final Destination” ended with a victory for the death-dealing horror film — but the Bradley Cooper/Sandra Bullock-starring comedy won out on Friday with a $1.8 million fifth place finish to “Destination’s” $1.6 million seventh place.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the weekend is “Whiteout,” the Kate Beckinsale-starring comic book adaptation that opened in sixth place with $1.7 million. But as the results from third place to seventh place range from $1.92 million to $1.6 million, there’s still plenty of time for “Whiteout” to steal a spot in the weekend’s top five.

Are you surprised by Tyler Perry’s decisive victory? How will the rest of the weekend shake out? Give us your predictions in the comments or on Twitter!

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Submited at Saturday, September 12th, 2009 at 3:01 pm on Movies by dave
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