Tyler Perry tops Friday boxoffice

'I Can Do Bad All By Myself' opens to $8.7 million

Tyler Perry, proving once again that he’s become one of the most reliable brand names in the film industry, saw his latest, self-titled movie, “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself” rise to the top of Friday’s boxoffice heap in North America.

The PG-13-rated Lionsgate release, a comedy-drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige and Perry himself in his drag alter ego of Madea, gathered an opening day gross of an estimated $8.7 million in 2,255 theaters.

While that number isn’t as robust as the $14.7 million that the hyphenate’s last movie, “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail,” opened to on its first day in February, it still puts “Bad” on track to collect an opening weekend figure in the $20 million range, which will likely result in the director’s third-best opening ever.

Focus also found a receptive audience for its stop-motion animated “9.” The PG-13, dystopian animated fable from director Shane Acker with a voice cast that includes Elijah Wood, took in $3.3 million on Friday in 1,661 theaters.

The film, which carries the imprimateurs producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, opened Wednesday to the tune of $3.1 million.  So its Friday take brings its domestic gross to date to about $7.7 million.

Among other new releases, Summit’s R-rated horror flick “Sorority Row,” directed by Stewart Hendler, claimed the number three spot with $1.9 million in 2,265 theaters.

But Warners’ R-rated, Antarctica thriller “Whiteout,” starring Kate Beckinsale and directed by Dominic Sera, was frozen out of the top five. It debuted as the day’s number six film with $1.76 million from 2,745 theaters.

Rounding out the top five, the Weinstein Co.’s “Inglorious Basterds” hung in at number four in its fourth weekend, attracting $1.87 million for the day. It will cross the $100 million mark today.

Fox’s romantic comedy “All About Steve,” starring Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, was fifth as it entered its second weekend, grossing $1.8 million.