Ho-hum, another Tyler Perry movie, another first place opening. The man is a franchise unto himself, obviously, and it's somewhat heartening that this -- his seventh film in four years -- is his consensus best; maybe Lionsgate will actually screen his next one (coming in April, natch) for critics. I Can Do Bad All By Myself didn't put up the numbers that Madea Goes to Jail did earlier this year (despite the apparent presence of Madea -- I wonder if her name in the title is what makes the difference), but $24 million was more than enough for first place on a low-key weekend.

Interesting that first second and third place this week went to films by Lionsgate, Focus and the Weinstein Co., respectively. Second place went to Focus's 9, which opened on Wednesday to mixed reviews and around $15 million for the five days; the distributor aimed low, with a 1600 screen release, and the film did probably as well as it could have, despite that spectacular trailer. Inglourious Basterds, still holding up pretty well, took third and crossed the $100 million mark.

Further down the list we see a weird glut of late-summer horror: Whiteout and Sorority Row opened against each other, just a couple weeks after The Final Destination and Halloween II opened against each other. Both of this week's openers wound up with about $5 million to show for it; given that neither is a brand name or particularly distinctive, they probably didn't lose much. Halloween II sank out of the top 10, while The Final Destination hung around and is now the top-grossing movie in the franchise with $58 million.

The top ten films after the jump.


1 - Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Lionsgate) - $24.03 ($10,656) - $24.03
2 - 9 (Focus) - $10.86 ($6,536) - $15.26
3 - Inglourious Basterds (Weinstein Co.) - $6.55 ($2,036) - $104.31
4 - All About Steve (Fox) - $5.80 ($2,561) - $21.81
5 - The Final Destination (New Line) - $5.50 ($2,013) - $58.26
6 - Sorority Row (Summit) - $5.27 ($1,977) - $5.27
7 - Whiteout (WB) - $5.10 ($1,858) - $5.10
8 - District 9 (TriStar) - $3.60 ($1,406) - $108.52
9 - Julie & Julia (Sony) - $3.30 ($1,409) - $85.36
10 - Gamer (Lionsgate) - $3.15 ($1,259) - $16.12

Next week: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for the kids and Love Happens for the unadventurous, while Jennifer's Body and The Informant! aim to make things interesting.