The Lionsgate Films movie raked in $13 million in its second weekend, bringing its gross to $48 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
It edged out the cop thriller "16 Blocks," which debuted at No. 2 with $11.7 million. The Warner Bros. film stars Bruce Willis as an NYPD detective trying to shuffle a star witness from a precinct lockup to a grand jury session 16 blocks away.
Overall, it was a lackluster weekend performance for Hollywood, where attention was focused on theon Sunday. The top 12 movies took in $83.8 million, down 23 percent from the same weekend last year.
"Not every weekend can be a blockbuster. This weekend definitely was not," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Other new wide releases this weekend had mediocre showings. Screen Gems' sci-fi flick "Ultraviolet," starring Milla Jovovich exacting revenge on the government after being infected with a blood disease, debuted at No. 4 with $9 million.
The 20th Century Fox teen mermaid tale "Aquamarine" opened at No. 5 with $7.5 million. Focus Features' star-studded comedy "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" came in at No. 7 with $6.5 million.
"Madea's Family Reunion," which was shot for just $6 million, is a comic drama about a slew of domestic hijinks that occur as a family prepares for a reunion. Perry wrote and directed the film and starred in three roles including the overweight, pistol-packing matriarch Madea, whom he also played in last year's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."
Foreign-language Oscar nominee "Joyeux Noel" opened strongly in limited release, grossing $50,133 in six theaters, for a healthy $8,356 average.
By comparison, "16 Blocks" averaged $4,307 in 2,706 theaters; "Ultraviolet" did $3,518 in 2,558 theaters; "Aquamarine" averaged $2,986 in 2,512 theaters and "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" did $5,430 in 1,200 theaters.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.
- "Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion," $13 million.
- "16 Blocks," $11.7 million.
- "Eight Below," $10.3 million.
- "Ultraviolet," $9 million.
- "Aquamarine," $7.5 million.
- "The Pink Panther," $7 million.
- "Dave Chappelle's Block Party," $6.5 million.
- "Date Movie," $5.1 million.
- "Curious George," $4.4 million.
- "Firewall," $3.6 million.
By Alicia Chang