For a Good laugh - Tyler Perry’s “Madea Goes to Jail”

March 3rd, 2009 - 3:35 am ICT by GD  

Tyler Perry’s “Madea Goes to Jail” proved that for every ailment, laughter is the best medicine more so for those suffering from the maladies of economic blues.

The comedy, “Madea Goes to Jail” was the top-grossing film for the second running week in a row. Moviegoers piled into the theaters in big numbers to watch this comedy flick and take their minds of the recession blues. Unsurprisingly, the other two films that have top the charts repeatedly, this year were also comedies. Once in a while, people need a reason to laugh and feel happy about and these kinds of movies are providing them with the reason to feel happy.

For the first weekend, the movie registered a collection an estimated $16.5 million at the box office and with the second week’s collections the total receipts accounted for $64.9 million, as stated by the box-office tracker Media and Numbers.

The other movies hitting the top-10 charts includes other comedies like, “He’s Just Not That Into You”, a romantic comedy of errors from the factory of Warner Bros. that registered $5.9 million for this weekend. This flick was followed by Walt Disney’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic”. The movie registered $4.5 million. On the 10th spot was yet another comedy, “Fired Up”. A high school spoof, the movie garnered a healthy $3.8 million.

The comedies seem to be the flavor of the drumbeat season. Interestingly, the current economic blues have boosted the U.S box-office revenues by over 17% as compared to last year. Some part of the increase may be attributed to the higher prices of the tickets, but most of the credit goes to the comedy flicks. For a good laugh in gloomy times, money certainly does not matter.

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