Madea Laughs Up Box Office Win

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2009 5:25 PM CST
In this image released by Focus Features, the character Coraline, is shown from the animated film, "Coraline."   (AP Photo/Focus Features)
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(Newser) – Tyler Perry showed his box office muscle this weekend by grossing $41.1 million with Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, Entertainment Weekly reports. Perry's biggest opening ever—and Lionsgate's too—roused audiences on a normally slow Oscar weekend. Filling out the top five: Taken ($11.4 million), Coraline ($11 million), He's Just Not That Into You ($8.5 million), and Slumdog Millionaire ($8.1 million).