NEW YORK (AP) — Director Tyler Perry is having no problem posting bail for the protagonist of his movie "Madea Goes to Jail," which leads the box office with a $41.1 million opening weekend.

Studio estimates Sunday showed it to be the highest grossing film ever for both Perry and the film's studio, Lionsgate.

Since Perry's 2005 "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," the actor-director-producer has frequently opened films strongly, despite little mainstream recognition.

The success of "Madea Goes to Jail" reinforces the notion that he draws the greatest reaction when he dons a frumpy dress as his trademark grandmother character, Madea.

Last weekend's top earner, Warner Bros.' "Friday the 13th," saw a steep drop in ticket sales. It took in $7.8 million in its second weekend of release, down from $43.6 million last weekend.


According to Box Office Mojo, here are the top ten films of the weekend.

1. "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail," $41.1 million
2. "Taken," $11.4 million, $95.1 million to date
3. "Coraline," $11 million, $53.3 million to date
4. "He's Just Not That Into You," $8.5 million $70 million to date
5. "Slumdog Millionaire," $8 million, $98 million to date
6. "Friday the 13th," $7.8 million, $55 million to date
7. "Confessions of a Shopaholic," $7 million, "$27.6 million to date
8". "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," $7 million, $121.3 million to date
9. "Fired Up," $6 million, "
10. "The International," $4.45 million, $17 million to date

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