Tyler Perry’s cross-dressing routine once again topped the box-office this weekend, kicking tween sensations the Jonas Brothers to second place. “Madea Goes to Jail” held on to #1 with $16.5 million in its second weekend, despite a large drop of nearly 60%.
Disney had hoped to claim the top spot with “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” like they did around this time last year with the Miley Cyrus concert film. However the Jonas boys simply don’t have that kind of pull, their film taking in a solid but distinctly quieter than expected $12.7 million for second place. Cyrus’ “Best of Both Worlds Tour” opened to three times that last year, but had the benefit of being a ‘one week only’ event at the time.
Coming off its Oscar victory last Sunday, “Slumdog Millionaire” jumped nearly 50% at the box-office for $12.2 million in third place. The crowd-pleaser has now pulled in $115.1 million domestically and nearly $200 million worldwide. Repeat business is also still going strong for “Taken”, “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” with each dropping only slightly from last week.
The sole other wide newcomer this week was “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” which utterly tanked. The second attempt to turn the Capcom video game into a film franchise opened in eighth place with a mere $4.65 million and a humiliating ‘0%’ score on Rotten Tomatoes. To give you an idea how bad that is, the previous and widely panned film version in 1994 with Jean-Claude Van Damme opened with $6.9 million and still managed a 14% Tomato-meter rank.
In limited release, Wayne Kramer’s “Crossing Over” ensemble drama opened to $75,600 on nine screens and mostly negative reviews.