Rank
Title
Weekend
Gross
Cumulative
Gross
Weeks in Release
1

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion

$13,000,000
$48,000,000

2
2

16 Blocks

$11,600,000
$11,600,000

1
3

Eight Below

$10,200,000

$58,700,000

3
4

Ultraviolet

$9,000,000
$9,000,000

1
5

Aquamarine

$7,500,000
$7,500,000

1
6

The Pink Panther

$7,000,000
$69,700,000

4
7

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

$6,500,000

$6,500,000

1
8

Date Movie

$5,100,000
$40,700,000
3
9

Curious George

$4,400,000
$49,200,000
4
10

Firewall

$3,600,000
$42,500,000
4

For the second week in a row, an African-American man portraying a rather homely woman was more interesting to paying audiences than any other choice on the menu, keeping the clumsily titled Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion at the top of the list ahead of such Hollywood heavyweights as Bruce Willis and… Milla Jovovich. Yes, cross-dressing is now a bigger draw than action movies like 16 Blocks and Ultraviolet. Producers and development execs, jot that down.

Dave Chappelle’s concert movie Block Party put Mos Def on the top 10 twice, rocking the hizzouse on a thousand or so screens. The teenage mermaid comedy (not a common category, but it should be) Aquamarine made a relatively small splash in the pond, but it was facing a slow pre-Oscar weekend and the irresistible allure of a black man in drag.  

Next week hands over some horror with remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and The Shaggy Dog, while Matthew McConaughey refuses to leave in Failure to Launch and Johnny Depp gets ribald in The Libertine.