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Tyler Perry's impressive weekend

His 'Why Did I Get Married Too?' pulls in an estimated $30.1 million

April 05, 2010

Perry wedded to success

Tyler Perry is doing just fine without 3-D, thank you.

The writer, director and producer's latest effort, "Why Did I Get Married Too?," took in

a most impressive

$30.1 million in its first weekend. The sequel to his 2007 hit "Why Did I Get Married?" not only beat the opening of that movie by almost $10 million, but it was also Perry's biggest start for a movie that didn't feature his Madea character.

With nine hits in the last five years, none of this should come as a surprise. Yet even his own studio seemed caught a little off guard. "I always underestimate his box office," said Dan Spitz, Lionsgate's executive vice president of distribution.

Perry's next, coming in January, is a version of the play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf." It deals with some pretty heavy topics, including rape and abortion. But with a cast that includes Perry regular Janet Jackson as well as Mariah Carey, it will likely play well with his core audience of African American women older than 25.

-- Joe Flint

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