For all her sex appeal, Ultraviolet star Milla Jovovich couldn’t hold a candle to Tyler Perry in drag at the North American box office over the weekend. Lions Gate’s Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion held onto the top spot in its second week, earning another $13 million (est.) to bring the $6 million movie’s total to approximately $48 million.
Budgeted at around $30 million, Screen Gems’ Ultraviolet finished in fourth place with an estimated $9 million. The futuristic actioner from writer/director Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium) features a good deal of CG effects work by CIS Hollywood and visual effects supervisor Victor Wong (House of Flying Daggers, Initial D and Internal Affairs I & II).
Warner Bros.’ Bruce Willis action-thriller, 16 Blocks, fared slightly better, taking in an estimated $11.6 million to claim the No. 2 spot. Close behind was Disney’s sled-dog adventure yarn, Eight Below, with around $10.2 million. Rounding out the top five is 20th Century Fox’s tween mermaid fantasy, Aquamarine, which made a modest $7.5 million splash.
Hanging on at the No. 9 spot, Universal/Imagine’s 2D-animated hit, Curious George, took in another $4.4 million at the box-office. Directed by Matthew O’Callaghan, the feature has made more than $49.1 million during its four weeks in U.S. theaters.
The Weinstein Co.’s animated Doogal suffered a 45% dip in business, slipping from No. 8 to No. 14 in its second week out of the gate. The reworked British CG toon has earned just north of $6 million stateside but has taken in more than $24 million worldwide. Still, the film’s performance is a far cry from that of the company’s first animated release, Hoodwinked, which picked up more than $5 million in overseas receipts to bring its worldwide take to an estimated $55.8 million.