Proving his brand's staying power even without his popular Madea character in the film's title, Tyler Perry's "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" had an encouraging bump on Saturday and opened to an estimated $24.03 million this weekend .  It won't hit the heights of "Madea Goes to Jail" ($41 million opening) or "Madea's Family Reunion" ($30 million first weekend), but considering the low budgets of Perry's films overall, Lionsgate won't be complaining with yet another profit-maker from the prolific writer/director.

"9" climbed to the No. 2 slot with $10.86 million for the weekend and $15.3 million since opening on its appropriate Wednesday 9/9/09 release date. Focus Features did a bang up marketing job and along with "Coraline" earlier this year and have now proved they have a new niche in animation.

Still going strong in third is Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds."  The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures co-production found another $6.55 million and a stellar new cume of $104.3 million.  If any film in the Oscar race has benefited from strong box office so far it's this WWII set thriller.

Not so fortunate this weekend was the long delayed Kate Beckinsale thriller "Whiteout" and the horror comedy "Sorority Row."  The former found $5.1 million and the later $5.27 million over the three-day.  "Whiteout" was considered D.O.A. for sometime after numerous reshoots and shifting release dates after finishing production almost three years ago.  "Row" was more disappointing in that the "Scream" meets "Mean Girls" premise should have been ripe for the taking by audiences.  The fact the film wasn't scary or funny enough overall didn't help, but this seems like a major marketing misstep from Summit.  A summer release date apart from so many other horror films such as next week's "Jennifer's Body" may have allowed the picture to stand apart from the competition.  Summit is lucky to have "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" on the horizon, but this is the second picture in a row (after "Bandslam")  that should have opened and did not.  Something is not clicking in the mini-mountain.

Next weekend the box office should have a nice bounce with "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" and "Jennifer's Body" hitting theaters.

Here are the estimates for the top ten movies this weekend according to Box Office Mojo.  Final totals are released on Monday.

1. "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," $24.03 million.

2. "9," $10.86 million, $15.26 million to date.

3. "Inglourious Basterds," $6.546 million , $104.3 million to date.

4. "All About Steve," $5.8 million, $21.8 million to date.

5. "The Final Destination," $5.5 million, $58.26 million to date

6. "Sorority Row," $5.27 million

7. "Whiteout," $5.1 million

8. "District 9," $3.6 million million, $108.5 million to date.

9. "Julie & Julia," $3.3 million, $85.36 million to date.

10. "Gamer," $3.15 million, $16.12 million to date.