Feb. 27, 2006The Lionsgate film, Madea's Family Reunion,
led the box office receipts this weekend raking in $30.3 million
from 2,194 theaters. The Tyler Perry extravaganza (written, directed,
produced, and starring Atlanta native Tyler Perry) was filmed in
Georgia last year. It was one of the first productions to benefit
from Georgia's new film tax incentives, and a follow-up to Perry's
successful Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which was also filmed
"It's obviously a tremendous opening. We're very happy to
be in the Tyler Perry business," Lionsgate domestic distribution
president Steven Rothenberg told Hollywood Reporter. "Clearly
there was great crossover beyond Tyler's core African-American audience,"
This opening marks the most successful theater debut of 2006 and
continues the audience trend toward family-friendly films. Other
family-oriented films such as Buena Vista's Eight Below,
Sony Pictures' The Pink Panther, and Universal Pictures'
Curious George rounded out the top five films in theaters