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Box Office Analysis, Feb. 28: A "Mad Black Woman" Takes Over!

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Feb 27, 2005 | 3:57pm EST

It pays to get mad.

The drama-comedy Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which features scribe Tyler Perry as a cross-dressing, gun-toting grandmother, debuted at the box office in the No. 1 spot with $22.7 million, pushing last week's champ Hitch down to second with $21 million.

"The performance of the film is really a testament to Tyler Perry," Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing told The Associated Press. "He's a cultural phenomenon that is taking America by storm. In the next few weeks, those unfamiliar with Tyler will become familiar with Tyler."

Other newcomers to make the Top 10 list included Wes Craven's werewolf thriller Cursed, which came in fourth place with $9.5 million, and the comedy Man of the House, starring Tommy Lee Jones, which came in fifth place with $7.2 million.

This weekend, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $105.3 million, down 9.05 percent from last weekend's $115.8 million take and down 24.58 percent from last year's draw of $139.6 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Newmarket's R-rated The Passion of the Christ, which debuted at No. 1 with $83.8 million in 3,043 theaters, averaging $27,554 per theater; Sony Pictures' PG-rated 50 First Dates, which stayed in second place in its third week with $12.5 million in 3,450 theaters, averaging $3,642 per theater; and Paramount's R-rated Twisted, which opened in third place with $8.9 million in 2,703 theaters, averaging $3,294 per theater.

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BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES:

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Diary of a Mad Black Woman (Lions Gate, PG-13)

Gross: $22.7 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 1,483

Per-theater average: $15,307

No. 2: Hitch (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $21 million (-33%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,571 (-4)

Per-theater average: $5,881

Cume to date: $122 million

No. 3: Constantine (Warner Bros., R)

Gross: $11.8 million(-60%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,006 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $3,932

Cume to date: $50.7 million

No. 4: Cursed (Miramax, R)

Gross: $9.5 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,805

Per-theater average: $3,410

No. 5: Man of the House (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $9.5 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,422

Per-theater average: $3,716

No. 6: Million Dollar Baby (Warner Bros., PG-13)

Gross: $7.2 million (+6%)

Weeks opened: 11

Theaters: 2,125 (+20)

Per-theater average: $3,398

Cume to date: $64.7 million

No. 7: Because of Winn-Dixie (20th Century Fox, PG)

Gross: $6.7 million (-34%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,188

Per-theater average: $2,117

Cume to date: $22.2 million

No. 8: Are We There Yet? (Sony Pictures, PG)

Gross: $4 million (-36%)

Weeks opened: 6

Theaters: 2,242 (-277)

Per-theater average: $1,784

Cume to date: $76.3 million

No. 9: The Aviator (Miramax, PG-13)

Gross: $3.8 million (-7%)

Weeks opened: 11

Theaters: 1,579 (-131)

Per-theater average: $2,460

Cume to date: $88.1 million

No. 10: Son of the Mask (New Line Cinema, PG)

Gross: $3.7 million (-50%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 2,966 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $1,273

Cume to date: $13.9 million

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