'Madea' locks up top b.o. spot Friday

Tyler Perry's comedy takes $14.8 mil on opening day

Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail" opened in the top spot at the North American boxoffice Friday with an estimated $14.8 million from 2,032 theaters. That puts the latest film from the prolific Atlanta-based filmmaker on track to rack up a three-day number in the high-$30 million range.

That, in turn, should set an opening-weekend record for Perry, who is beloved by his core audience even if he earns thumbs-down from most critics. His latest PG-13 comedy from Lionsgate, in which Perry stars in drag as his signature character, the grandmotherly Madea, should easily eclipse the $30 million opening that "Madea's Family Reunion" scored in 2006.

In what's shaping up as another busy weekend at the multiplex, Sony/Screen Gems' teen comedy "Fired Up" bowed in seventh place Friday. The PG-13 cheerleading movie from director Will Gluck took in about $2.3 million from 1,810 theaters.

The Fox action-thriller "Taken," starring Liam Neeson, extended its hold into its fouth weekend. For the day, it held down the second-place slot as it ran away with an additional $3.5 million to climb above the $85 million in domestic grosses.

The next four pictures were all clustered tightly together, each collecting $2 million-$3 million, as they jockey for position through the course of the weekend.

In its third weekend, the ensemble romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You," from New Line and Warners, ranked third with $2.9 million.

Paramount's release of the horror reboot "Friday the 13th" was down dramatically from its No. 1 opening last weekend that saw it grab $19.3 million on its opening Friday. In its second Friday in theaters, the movie took in $2.8 million for a fourth-place showing for the day.

Placing fifth was Focus' animated "Coraline," which picked up an additional $2.7 million as it entered its third weekend.

Only one potential Oscar winner squeezed into the top 10. Awards favorite "Slumdog Millionaire" stood in eighth place as it attracted $2.1 million, raising its boxoffice above the $90 million mark.
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